Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design
|Motto||Instrumentum Disciplinae (Latin: "Application of Knowledge")|
|Faculty||86 (Fall 2001)|
|Students||1,632 (Fall 2001)
(percent of total university enrollment: 8%)
|Campus||College of Environmental Design Building 7 - Environmental Design|
Architectural Accrediting Board
•California State University system
|Website||Cal Poly Pomona - ENV|
The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College Environmental Design also known as the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design (CENV) is one of Cal Poly Pomona's seven colleges. The college houses over 1,600 students; making it one of largest environmental design programs in the United States. The college offers bachelor's degrees in five departments, as well as three master's degree programs.
The planning programs at Cal Poly Pomona evolved from the undergraduate landscape architecture program that originally was part of the School of Agriculture. After approval of the creation of a new School of Environmental Design, the landscape and urban planning programs moved into their current building in January 1971. The Department of Urban Planning was created and soon after a Department of Architecture. Department of Urban Planning was renamed "Department of Urban and Regional Planning" in 1983 to reflect an expanded program. The School was renamed the "College of Environmental Design" in 1988. The Department of Art was transferred to Environmental Design from the College of Arts in 1992.
In 2005, in a project called Prioritization and Recovery, university president J. Michael Ortiz proposed breaking up the college, promoting the Department of Architecture to a School within the College of Engineering, moving the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning to a proposed College of Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Sciences, and moving the Art Department to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. In response to student, faculty and alumni backlash and unanimous college consensus against the proposal, the project was abandoned.
In the summer of 2009 the University hired former Los Angeles City Councilman and current member of the Planning Commission Michael Woo to serve as Dean of the college. In 1993, with the backing of then President Bill Clinton, he ran for mayor of the city and garnered 46 percent of the vote.
The college is housed in several buildings around campus including Building 7, designed by modernist architect Carl Maston, and the IDC (Interim Design Center), a 30,000 square foot design studio building at the east end of the campus. Current plans are for a new Environmental Design Center on the north side of University Drive at the northwest corner of the campus.
Architecture - The Department of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) and the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Along with its sister campus program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, they are the only two public and professional Bachelor of Architecture degrees in the state of California. The undergraduate program was ranked 15th nationally in the 2008 edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" published by the journal DesignIntelligence. The program has been "impacted" since its inception over 40 years ago, with many more students applying than can be accommodated. In 2002 the department admitted 15 percent of undergraduate applicants making it the 5th most selective Bachelor of Architecture program in the country. By 2007 the department's acceptance rate was down to 9 percent, or 225 out of 2,551 applicants, of which 100 enrolled.
Due to the design studio based structure of the program, the student to faculty ratio is a relatively low 17 to 1. Prior to graduation students are required to complete a 500 hour internship of which 250 have to be under a licensed architect.
Unlike the more technically focused program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the department is able to tap into the design talents of Los Angeles area architects. Notable and influential 20th century architects that have taught at the department include Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano Craig Ellwood, Thom Mayne, and Ray Kappe, who founded the program in 1968. After a falling out with university administrators, Ray Kappe and Thom Mayne went on to form the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. Other past and present faculty include:
Landscape Architecture - The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) is a general professional degree, nationally accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The undergraduate and graduate program both ranked 18th nationally by DesignIntelligence 2008. The department's students won 5 out of 20 awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects student competition in 2008, more awards than Harvard and Penn State. Longtime faculty, Takeo Uesugi, designed the George and Takaye Aratani Japanese Garden adjacent to the CLA building on campus. Due to the design studio based structure of the program, the student to faculty ratio is a relatively low 16 to 1.
Urban and Regional Planning - The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning is designed for students interested in working with the critical issues of social, environmental, and physical change in cities and regions. Student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1.
Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies Located on 16 acres within the Cal Poly Pomona University campus, the Center researches and demonstrates a wide array of regenerative strategies including low-energy architecture, energy production technology, water treatment, organic agriculture, ecological restoration and sustainable community development. Up to 20 students can choose to reside in one of two dormitories on site. The center offers a Minor in Regenerative Studies and a Master of Science degree in Regenerative Studies.