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The Landscape Architecture curriculum at Cal Poly 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

New admits, prospective students, 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.


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Items of Note

Associate Professor David Watts Named Interim Department Chair

Associate Professor David J. Watts has been named Landscape Architecture department Interim Chair for the 2014-15 academic year.  "David's wealth of academic and professional experience will benefit our students.  I look forward to working with him as a member of the college's administrative leadership team," said Christine Theodoropoulos, CAED dean. "I would also like to extend my great appreciation to Joseph Ragsdale for his excellent work as department head and for the many contributions he has made to the mission of the college." Ragsdale rejoins the faculty, teaching during Fall term and then going on sabbatical for the balance of the academic year.

Watts came to Cal Poly in 2007, teaching a variety of classes including the senior capstone series, design theory, and implementation strategies. He also served as one of the university’s first service learning fellows and received the President’s Community Service Award in 2014.

His area of research is children’s play environments, their impact on child development, and their role in reconnecting children to nature. His interest in social justice and accessibility within the landscape has influenced his professional practice and teaching. As part of a service learning class, Watts led a class to South Africa, where the students designed and constructed playgrounds and vegetable gardens for underprivileged children. The students also worked at AIDS orphanages in urban townships and rural public schools.

Watts earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a registered landscape architect and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). 

Former CAED Associate Dean Named President of ASLA​

Landscape architecture professor emeritus and former CAED associate dean K. Richard Zweifel has been elected president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Zweifel was sworn in as president at the 2014 annual meeting in Denver, becoming the 70th president since ASLA's founding in 1899. Zweifel was also named one of the 30 most admired educators in architecture and design programs by the 2014 DesignIntelligence survey. He was cited in the survey for  "his consistency and vision [which] have kept Cal Poly SLO among the best education programs in multidisciplinary design professions." To read the Cal Poly new release, click here.

Zweifel also received the 2014 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Presidents Award for his work in advancing a strong and mutually supportive relationship between CELA and ASLA.

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