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Department Overview

The Landscape Architecture curriculum prepares students for professional careers dedicated to planning, designing, and managing landscapes essential to the well-being of a healthy society and natural environment. The curriculum is structured to help students develop the values, knowledge, and skills necessary to address human and societal needs within a broad range of project types and environmental scales. The Landscape Architecture Department is one of five departments in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Visiting the Department

Prospective students, new admits, parents, alumni and friends: Visiting the department is a great way to learn more about Cal Poly's Landscape Architecture program. We offer tours of department and college facilities, interaction with faculty and students and displays of student work. Stop in for a visit or call for an appointment at your convenience: 805-756-1319. We are located on the second floor of Dexter Hall, in room 251.

Items of Note

Omar Faruque Appointed Chair for Landscape Architecture

The College of Architecture & Environmental Design has appointed Omar Faruque as the chair of the Landscape Architecture Department. "Architecture of the landscape at every scale - small, large or regional - is a profound and important human experience," said Professor Faruque. "It needs a careful orchestration of teaching and scholarship to provide quality education for this challenging field, and we at Cal Poly have the national reputation for it."

Faruque received his undergraduate and graduate education in landscape architecture and architecture from Texas A&M University. Licensed in both fields, he practiced in Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Indiana. He has been involved in designing university campuses, office complexes, residential communities and a major new town in Texas.

Faruque served as the director of design and planning for Architectural Development Corporation of Dallas and as the vice president of Archimetrics Inc., a Dallas-based multidisciplinary professional office. He taught at Texas A&M and Ball State University before joining Cal Poly.

Faruque has offered many workshops on creative design and design communication for various universities, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He authored Graphic Communication as a Design Tool (published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, John Wiley and Sons, and Macmillan Publications), a theory book on design communication that has been translated into several languages and, for a decade, was listed as an essential reading by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

Faruque's research interests incude design theory, design communication, cultural landscape, and landscape narrative.

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