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Examples of Student Design Projects

We are proud to showcase our students' work. Click on one or more of the thumbnails below to view examples of their design projects.

nancy schultz student project

Nancy Schultz, LA 403

paul houchin student project

Paul Houchin, LA 461

mickey mangan student project

Mickey Mangan, LA 461

justin alegre student project

Justine Alegre, LA 461

paul houchin student project

Paul Houchin, LA 461

claudia de la fuente

Claudia de la Fuente, LA 456

shitaro shimoda student project

Shitaro Shimoda, LA 461

paul houchin student project

Paul Houchin, LA 461

brendan escobar student project

Brendan Escobar, LA 461

christine jarvis student project

Christine Jarvis, LA 461

shye jones student project

Shye Jones, LA 461

lasca gaylord student project

Lasca Gaylord, LA 461

devon scarber student project

Devon Scarber, LA 461

charles kollman student project

Charles Kollman, LA 461

sean ogawa student project

Sean Ogawa, LA 461

daniel perlin student project

Daniel Perlin, LA 461

allison yoes student project

Allison Yoes, LA 402

rebecca vanni student project

Rebecca Vanni, LA 461

christine jarvis student project

Christine Jarvis, LA 402

claudia de la fuente student project

Claudia de la Fuente LA 456

matthew taylor student project

Matthew Taylor, LA 456

justin trudeau student project

Justin Trudeau, LA 456

claudia de la fuente student project

Claudia de la Fuente, LA 456

michele slater student project

Michele Slater, LA 461

michael baron student project

Michael Baron, LA 402

anna schmitz student project

Anna Schmitz, LA 456

allison yoes student project

Allison Yoes, LA 403

r.j. frye student project

R.J. Frye, LA 402

matthew wilkins student project

Matthew Wilkins, LA 403

sean ogawa student project

Sean Ogawa, LA 461

LA 461 Senior Design Project Studio: Winter 2013

The fifth year students in the Winter 2013 LA 461 Senior Design Project Focus Studio taught by Asst. Professor Dr. César Torres Bustamante produced video presentations for "Virtual Crits." This project allows for the presentation of a design project, discussion, feedback, and evaluation through electronic technologies. Students are required to produce a short video that describes the progress and development of their individual project, and upload it to YouTube.

The students were about one-third of the way through their two-quarter capstone project experience when the videos were made.

Click on a project name to view the student's video presentation:

Justin Carson SixtynineSeventy Competition
Peter Chiang Music Makes the World Go Round
Daniel Cunningham The Cannery
Madonna Do Whale Rock Pit
Yesenia Fernandez NDB Campus Landscape as Mission Statement
Justin Hauser Design Build. Party. Examining Transitory Structures for Music Festivals
Shawn Jahanbin SixtynineSeventy Competition
Kaylyn Keller The Invisible World
Matthew Kovacevich Project Morro
Darlene Rapoport Think Outside the Box
Everett Rodgers Going Coastal
Joana Smolen Playground 4 ALL
Karsten Tuttle Urban Farming: A Local Approach
Chad Whiting AmphiBois: Adapting to Life in the Flood Zone
Alex Wilk Disaster Preparation

LA 461 Senior Design Project Studio: Winter 2012

La 461 logo

Asst. Professor Dr. César Torres Bustamante asked the fifth year students in his Winter 2012 LA 461 Senior Design Project Focus Studio to create five-minute video presentations about their senior projects on YouTube.

The videos present site analysis, precedents, experimentation with three concepts, and the future direction for their ideas.

The students were about half-way through their two-quarter capstone project experience when the videos were made.

Click on a project name to view the student's video presentation:

Katherine Aalund Hospital in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Kaylana Alaysa Reith's Residence Project, Lemoore, CA
Jonathan Bayaca San Diego Chargers Stadium
Sarah Cawrse Resilient Landscapes
Danielle Dodds Downtown Dublin, CA
Krista Grote Ulterior Motive
Marina Hadley Urban Park Venue
Mackenzie Kroon Seattle Center: yesterday, today and tomorrow
William Lampkin Senior Project
Hekili Lani Wao Kele o Puna
John Paul Perez un_earth
John Porzuczek Brooklyn Skate Plaza
Jeff Richardson Re-Imagining Tall
Mathew Shin Mould
Matt Smith VeTERRAn Scape
Stephanie Terrazas Promoting Health and Wellness in West Chula Vista
Max Vedder Canopy Campgrounds
Sabrina Wise Survival of the Greenest

 

LA 461 Senior Design Project Studio: Fall 2010

la 461 fall 2010 logo

Asst. Professor Dr. César Torres Bustamante asked his fifth year students in the Fall 2010 LA 461, Senior Design Project Focus Studio, to create video presentations of their senior projects on YouTube so they could receive crits "virtually."

Department faculty and members of the Department's Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council (LADAC) were invited to review their work.

The diagram to the left, created by Prof. Torres Bustamante, maps the reviewers and the students to whom they were assigned.

The students were about half-way through their two-quarter capstone project experience when the videos were made.

To see links to their videos, click here.

Journal of Green Building Student Work: 2013

An article by Assistant Landscape Architecture Professor Christine Edstrom O'Hara in the Summer 2013 edition of the Journal of Green Building features design solutions by Cal Poly landscape architecture students.

O'Hara's article, The Price of Comfort: How Landscape and Architectural Design can Reduce Human Dependence on Climate Control, co-authored by Kristopher Holz, discusses how acclimation via landscape and architecture design interventions can reduce residential energy use and includes case studies illustrating a variety of options for the design of ecologically-appropriate outdoor rooms. The article highlights not only energy reduction through moving people to comfortable outdoor rooms, but considers the possibility that outdoor spaces can match the spatial and functional needs of indoor rooms. The article features designs developed in O'Hara's Winter 2013 LA 405 Project Design and Implementation focus studio by LA students Daniel Beck, Trevor Cassidy, Sean Clark, Richard Kane, and Stephen Nunez.

Journal of Architectural Education Student Work: 2002 - 2004

An article by the late Beth Diamond in the September 2010 edition of the Journal of Architectural Education features installation projects by Cal Poly landscape architecture students.

Diamond's article, Safe Speech: Public Space as a Medium of Democracy, discusses guerilla art installation projects assigned for three consecutive years to Cal Poly LA students in her Design Theory course. The purpose of the projects, writes Diamond, was to "demonstrate to students through real life experience that what they do in their role as designers can have a tangible impact on the societies they design for and that the choices they make can alter the way people perceive and experience their world."

For these projects, Diamond writes, "students proposed and constructed temporary art installations with the intention of confronting difficult social realities, instigating dialogue, and contributing to a more empowered, interactive public realm."

The article contains several photos of work by LA students in LA 320, Design Theory for Landscape Architects, including the In Pen (2002), Where's the Beef (2003), Know Your Role (2004), Holidays for Sale (2004), and What is Marriage Anyway (2004) installations on the Cal Poly campus.

Ms. Diamond was an assistant professor of landsca[e architecture in the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment until her death April 29, 2013, and was formerly an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture Program at Cal Poly.

Broadway Auto Row Interdisciplinary Studio: Summer 2009

Five landscape architecture students participated in an interdisciplinary studio over Summer quarter 2009, entitled "The Broadway Auto Row Interdisciplinary Studio." This eight-week intensive studio was led by Mike Pyatok and Peter Waller, principals with Pyatok Architects in Oakland, CA, with assistance from CAED Dean R. Thomas Jones and professionals from many fields who shared their insights. A key participant and supporter of the studio was the Oakland-based East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO), a non-profit community advocate comprised of non-profit affordable housing developers, service providers, labor, city, and county agencies. The studio generated creative design interventions that might influence the direction of downtown Oakland development, with a particular focus on promoting affordable workforce housing and related community-serving amenities as an integral component of the larger urban economic revitalization strategy. Click here to see the report showcasing the student work.