Graduating senior Tala Fatolahzadeh has been selected by the CAED Faculty Awards Committee to receive the College of Architecture and Design's 2013 Senior Recognition Award for Contributions to the Objectives and Image of the University. Tala, who received her BLA degree after Winter term and will participate in the June 2013 Commencement Ceremony, will be recognized with this honor in the Commencement publication.
Tala was named this year's Homecoming Queen, has served as a CAED Ambassador and as a member of the LA Department's College-Based Fees Committee, was selected as an Intern for the Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council, received the LA department's Academic Excellence Award, and was recognized for her service to the LA department, among other accomplishments. According to Associate Dean K. Richard Zweifel, "throughout her enrollment in the Landscape Architecture Program, she has provided an exemplary example of the special student that represents the CAED. Her active engagement and meaningful contributions to so many areas have benefited the CAED and Cal Poly."
The Engineering Hangar submission developed by a team of students from the Fall 2012 interdisciplinary Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Studio, co-taught by Prof. Gary Clay, was awarded 1st place in the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Annual Design Competition. The team included LA majors Jason Chen and David Gonzalez, along with Victor Ramos (ARCE), Helene Deprez (ARCH), and Kevin Brown and Tyler Edwards (CM).
Team representatives presented their design at the 2013 Structures Congress in Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2013. Finalist teams were judged on an oral presentation during the conference and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards were determined as a combination of written and oral presentations. The Cal Poly team received the 1st place cash prize of $1,000. The team's winning design will be published on the SEI web site.
Sara Bendrick hosts a DIY Network new original series, I Hate My Yard, which had its premiere May 7, 2013. In this series, Sara comes to the rescue of homeowners who need help taming and revamping unruly outdoor spaces.
DIY Network's press release says "Homeowners who are ready to turn a lackluster yard into an outdoor oasis will be inspired by the new yard renovation series, I Hate My Yard...Sara will use economical, yet clever, landscape designs to whip unsightly outdoor spaces into shape. I Hate My Yard features new landscaping products and offers plenty of useful take-away information sure to boost viewers' landscaping creativity."
Sara graduated from Cal Poly in 2010 with a BLA in Landscape Architecture. For more information about Sara and I Hate My Yard, click here.
Professor Omar Faruque and Assistant Professors Christine Edstrom O'Hara, César Torres-Bustamente, and David Watts traveled to the University of Texas at Austin in late March to present their research at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2013 Annual Meeting. This year's conference theme was "Space/Time, Place/Duration."
Prof. Faruque delivered a paper examining five service-learning projects that he undertook for his design studios over the past five years, identifying patterns in acquiring, researching and designing the projects and evaluating the learning experiences of the students. Asst. Prof. Torres-Bustamante presented his findings in implementing simple and inexpensive methods for recreating lifelike experiences of three-dimensional space and lapsed time in a technology class. Asst. Prof. Watts shared his research into whether an enriched play environment would enhance the health of pre-school children through prolonged engagement on playgrounds. Asst. Prof. O'Hara presented a cost-benefit analysis and case study of how landscape and architectural design can reduce human dependence on climate control.
For more information about this and other faculty research, click here.
Third year student Jillian Broeckel was awarded this year's Rain Bird Intelligent Use of Water™ Scholarship offered through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). This $2,500 scholarship was established by the Rain Bird Corporation to recognize an outstanding landscape architecture, horticulture or irrigation science student. Eligible applicants include students in the final two years of undergraduate study who have demonstrated commitment to these professions through participation in extracurricular activities and exemplary scholastic achievements.
The LAF Scholarship Winners web page says: "Jillian is wholly engaged in developing skills to solve social and environmental challenges in communities large and small. She believes in the potential to improve land quality, human health, and economic issues through urban farming and community redesign. As a movement towards innovative ways to grow food locally and sustainably is blossoming, she strives to be a pioneer of systems design for urban vegetable and fruit farming. She is also interested in bioremediation - the cleaning of contaminated soils through use of plants. 'There is opportunity to re-design formerly underused and unhealthy landscapes into healthy areas for human interaction and agricultural production,' says Broeckel. 'Such spaces could also be areas for recreation and enjoyment. My vision is to design and re-design spaces which foster understanding of sustainable systems and involve people in caring for the land and their own health.'"
Assistant Landscape Architecture Professor Christine Edstrom O'Hara will speak on Persia to Spain to California: Lessons in Garden Design Friday, May 10, in Los Angeles as part of the Garden Conservancy's Gift of Paradise: The Splendor and Purpose of Persian Design seminar.
The seminar starts with check-in and registration at 10 a.m., with lectures, lunch, and book signings from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. Registration is $85 for members of the Garden Conservancy and Pacific Horticulture; $95 general admission. Preregistration is required. The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Pacific Horticulture.
The Garden Conservancy has as part of its mission raising public awareness about the important role gardens play in America's cultural and natural heritage.
A jury from the ASLA Southern California Chapter selected six students from the class of 2012-13 for the 2013 ASLA Student Honor and Merit Awards.
Rachael Haacke, Jacob Leon, and Lindsay Schulze were awarded ASLA Certificates of Honor. Certificates of Merit were awarded to Katie Burlason, Tala Fatolazadeh, and Allison Palenske.
Students considered for the awards were nominated by program faculty based on the following criteria: 1) minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA; 2) in their final two years of study; 3) considered truly outstanding as measured by the program's long-term standards of excellence; 4) demonstrating the highest level of academic scholarship and of accomplishments in skills related to the art and technology of landscape architecture; and 5) demonstrating personal qualities and skills of responsiveness and willingness to work with others, self-motivation and responsibility, and design abilities: exploration, discovery, synthesis and representation of landscape architecture design.
Corby Kilmer, Landscape Architect with CalTrans, Bianca Koenig, Landscape Architect with the Wallace Group, and Ann Sever, Landscape Architect with the Wallace Group, were the jury members.
Representatives from the Southern California Chapter of ASLA will present the awards to the students at the Spring Senior Show and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 7.
On March 16, the Landscape Architecture Department hosted a special 40th anniversary celebration for alumni, faculty, staff, and representatives from the current student body. Held in the KTGY Gallery on campus, the reception honored program founding faculty members Paul Neel, Dick Zweifel, Gary Dwyer, and Roger Osbaldeston - each of whom shared their memories of the program's early years.
Eight members of the founding class (1973-74) were also honored guests - Art Camacho, Ricky Conner, Glenn Cook, Allen Cummings, Randy Driscoll, Jacque Keller, Jim Quayle, and Hubert Twibell - and were hosted by CAED Dean Christine Theodoropoulos at a special pre-party reception. It was exciting to see so many program alumni from almost all of the graduating classes back on campus to celebrate 40 years of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly.
Throughout the year, the Department will continue to celebrate its 40 years by bringing alumni back to campus as guest lecturers. John Leehey (1978) spoke to students February 8 about "The China Future: New Trends in Urban Design" and discussed some of the projects he is working on in China. Benjamin Green (2004), ValleyCrest, lectured March 1 on "Where Not to Draw the Line." Vera Gates (1984), principal at Arterra Landscape Architects in San Francisco, lectured April 12 on "From Middle Earth to Modern," discussing a uniquely creative and artistic high-end residential project for a client in Carmel. Upcoming alumni lectures include Julie Koons Bush (CAFES 1980), Principal Landscape Architect for Walt Disney Imagineering, on May 10, and Paul Lewis (1989), owner of Paul Lewis & Associates Landscape Architecture, on May 17.
Julie is internationally recognized as an innovative designer in building regenerative landscapes. Raised in New Jersey, she is a straight-talker, not afraid to provoke but dong so to tease out what matters most about places, especially when they are as post-industrial as her Garden State.. Julie's adventurous design approach informs her role as Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, where she leads venturesome investigations with students into derelict terrain, imagining renewed sites of cultural and ecological production.
Along with a degree in fine arts from Carnegie-Mellon University, Julie earned a Masters in landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has received the American Academy in Rome Fellowship and her work was awarded the National Design Award by Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Julie's DIRT projects have been featured in art and design exhibitions including Documenta and the National Design Centennial. She lectures regularly at universities, conferences and cultural institutions, which have ranged from the Museum of Modern Art to National Brownfields Meetings. TIME, CNN, and Newsweek, along with national and international design publications, have recognized Julie as leading the next generation in making a difference for design and the environment.
Cal Poly's interdisciplinary team included three Landscape Architecture majors - Sara Berryhill, Rachael Haacke, and Hannah Zimmerman - along with students and faculty advisors from the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences.
Zimmerman placed second in the 3D Exterior Landscape Design competition; Haacke placed fourth in the Interior Landscape Design Competition and among the top ten in both Construction Cost Estimating and Computer Aided Landscape Design. Berryhill was a top ten winner in Exterior Landscape Design.
To view the final competition results, including details about each competition, and results by student and school, click here.
Final reviews provide an excellent opportunity to learn about Landscape Architecture and interact with faculty and students in the Department. Tuesday, March 12, through Friday, March 15, the Department held the following reviews:
TUESDAY, MARCH 12
"The Landscape of the Future"
LA 130 Landscape Interpretation with Christy O'Hara
Berg Gallery (Bldg. 5, Room 105)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
"Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY"
LA 203 Design Fundamentals II Studio with Margarita Hill
KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Room 105)
"Cal Poly 2025: Exposition of 16 Innovative Projects"
LA 203 Design Fundamentals II Studio with Omar Faruque
Berg Gallery (Bldg. 5, Room 105)
LA 404 Natural Environments Focus Studio with Walt Bremer
252 Lecture Room, Dexter Hall (Bldg. 34, Room 252)
"Science Garden Terrace"
LA 203 Design Fundamentals II Studio with Astrid Reeves
Fireplace Room, Dexter Hall (Bldg. 34, Room 210)
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
"Revisioning Fort Miley East"
LA 404 Cultural Environments Focus Studio with David Watts
Dexter Patio (adjacent to Dexter Lawn)
"Woonerfs in SLO"
LA 402 Design Theory Focus Studio with Beverly Bass
2nd Floor Gallery, Dexter Hall (Bldg. 34)
"The Price of Comfort"
LA 405 Project Design and Implementation Focus Studio with Christy O'Hara
Berg Gallery (Bldg. 5, Room 105)
"Mid Review Senior Project"
LA 461 First Quarter Senior Project Design with César Torres Bustamente
Berg Gallery (Bldg. 5, Room 105)
"NTS" Senior Show
LA 461 Senior Project Studio with Joseph Dunstan and David Watts
Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo
Thirty-four LA students finishing their two-quarter capstone experience during Winter term displayed their senior design projects at the Ludwick Community Center in downtown San Luis Obispo Friday, March 15th.
During the show, the Landscape Architecture faculty announced several senior class recognition awards, including:
- Academic Excellence - Tala Fatolahzadeh and Allison Palenske
- Best Design Process - Jacob Leon
- Design Excellence - Katie Burlason
- Best Senior Project - Lindsay Schulze
- Service to the Department - Tala Fatolahzadeh and Kayla Szubielski
The Academic Excellence award is based on overall GPA. The remaining recognition awards are based on faculty nominations and votes.
This fifth year class awarded one of their peers the Golden Eagle award. This award is made to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a professional competence and attitude, has been a stabilizing influence during times of confusion, and is a person who is always able to give to others in their time of need.
Golden Eagle Award - Alan D. Garcia
These awards honored students who finished their capstone projects during Winter term.
Associate Professor and Landscape Architecture Department Head Joseph Ragsdale presented hybrid teaching techniques at the 16th Annual SCU Teaching Symposium on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Ragsdale presented a paper titled "PODWALKS: Re-thinking the 'Walk and Talk' with Mobile Technology." The Annual Teaching Symposium provides a forum for faculty from all 23 CSU campuses to come together to share teaching and learning techniques.
Hybrid teaching involves using online delivery, collaboration and digital technology in conjunction with traditional lecture-based teaching. Ragsdale highlighted strategies he has incorporated into his second year Materials and Techniques of Landscape Construction course. The course now splits time among lectures, web-based activities and fieldwork. The web-based activities include the use of online lecture delivery, online reading discussion groups and the development of the Podwalk - a downloadable, field-based lecture and activity. Podwalks engage students in small group or self-directed field-walks around campus about specific topics.
To download and listen to a Podwalk clip, click here.
Assistant Landscape Architecture Professor Christine Edstrom O'Hara has had her article, "Transdisciplinary Practice: Using Future Studies to Envision Innovative Design," published in The International Journal of the Constructed Environment. The article includes a case study discussing how Prof. O'Hara used outside disciplines and topics to envision innovative future solutions for a theory course in landscape history. According to its web site, the journal "publishes open broad-ranging and interdisciplinary articles on human configurations of the environment and the interactions between the constructed, social and natural environments, [bringing] together researchers, teachers and practitioners. The resulting articles weave between the empirical and the theoretical, research and its application, the ideal and the pragmatic, and spaces which are in their orientations private, public, community or commercial."
To read more about this article, click here.
The 2013 DesignIntelligence survey of undergraduate landscape architecture programs once again ranked Cal Poly "best in the west." Cal Poly's program has been rated as the best in the 13-state western region every year since 2005, when the DesignIntelligence survey first began ranking public and private landscape architecture degree programs.
Nationally, the program ranked 7th this year, tied with Purdue and the University of Georgia.
The DesignIntelligence rankings have become a tool for students choosing academic programs that will launch their design careers. DesignIntelligence is a bi-monthly journal published by the Design Futures Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank that explores trends and opportunities in design, architecture, engineering and building technology.
To read the Cal Poly press release, click here.
During Summer 2012, third year landscape architecture students in Prof. Omar Faruque's Design Theory and Exploration Focus Studio provided the College of Science and Math (COSAM) with design solutions for Centennial Park. When the new Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics is completed next year, Centennial Park will be one of Cal Poly's central open spaces.
The students' efforts were the subject of a recent article in COSAM's E-Newsletter. The article describes some of the steps the class used in their design process. First they toured the building and grounds, then met with their client, COSAM Dean Phil Bailey, to get a sense of his vision for the space. They also met with project manager Barbara Queen, who is coordinating the construction of the center for Cal Poly, and Scott Loosley, assistant director for operations, who oversees the grounds of campus. Students then worked in teams to develop a plan addressing the client's needs. The plan incorporated input from the client, students, faculty and staff, and provided the framework for design solutions integrating the landscape and the building.
Dean Bailey met with the students several times throughout the summer and, according to the article, was impressed with the creativity and continuous improvement in the level of detail and sophistication of their designs. At the end of the summer, the students presented their solutions to Bailey and staff members from Facilities Services who will participate in choosing the ultimate design for the space. President Armstrong and faculty and staff members from COSAM also attended the presentations. Although the final design will likely be done by a professional firm, Faruque is hopeful his students' ideas will be used by the firm and incorporated into the final product.
Associate Professor and Landscape Architecture Department Head Joseph Ragsdale presented at The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology's inaugural Instructional Innovation Showcase on October 30th.
Ragsdale's presentation, "Podwalks: Rethinking Field-Based Lectures through Mobile Technology," described an innovative technology-enhanced approach to teaching and learning.
The Instructional Innovation Showcase was an opportunity for networking and collaboration among educators across campus who share an interest in the innovative and effective use of technology to enhance student learning.
Other presenters included Philosophy Associate Professor Francisco Fernflores, who discussed "Students Collaborating to Write a Textbook Chapter with iPads" and Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Assistant Professor Jerusha D. Greenwood, who discussed "Saving Time Grading: Enhancing Feedback to Students Through Technology."
The Showcase was open to all faculty and instructional-related staff.
Asst. Professor Beverly Bass (LA) joined fellow panelists Kelly Main (CRP), Heather Starnes (Kinesiology), and special guest James Rojas, Founder of Place It!, on October 18th, at the Kennedy Library Science Café's Fall Event.
The topic was "On Foot! Community Design and Public Health." Moderated by Stephanie Teaford, Community Liaison for STRIDE (Science through Transitional Research in Diet and Exercise), the panel discussed how we get where we're going and what that means for our health and our community.
During the presentation, Rojas directed attendees in an exercise in city planning, using unusual tools. The goal was to discover our transportation habits, interactively explore alternatives for our community, and build a more healthful city.
Bass's areas of expertise and interest include sustainable planning and design, smart growth principles and community outreach.
LA alum Corby Kilmer (pictured 2nd from left) was honored with the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) Professional Achievement Award at PECG’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 15, 2012. This award is given to a state-employed engineer or related professional who has demonstrated outstanding professional excellence. Corby is the first Landscape Architect in the history of PECG to receive this professional recognition.
“This is the most prestigious award that PECG gives,” noted Keith Robinson (class of 1979), Principal Landscape Architect for Caltrans, “and is much deserved by Corby for her sustained and exemplary work …and especially her work toward improving the Safety Roadside Rest Area System.
In presenting the award to Corby, PECG President John Roberts remarked that Corby’s career has been “dedicated to quality and innovative work on the Caltrans Safety Roadside Rest Area capital program. She delivers her projects on time and within budget – leading to awards, national recognition, and letters of appreciation from the traveling public.” The Shandon Safety Roadside Area Project which Corby managed “received a transportation award for an innovative new wastewater treatment system which reduces nitrate contamination in groundwater,” noted Roberts. “This project, which will see over 1.5 mission visitors annually, has a subsurface wetland system which is the first of its kind in California and will act as a model for similar ‘green’ projects.”
Corby received her BSLA from Cal Poly in 1989 and works for Caltrans District 5, which is headquartered in San Luis Obispo. She has remained involved with the LA department, generously giving of her time and expertise to serve as a guest juror and critic for student awards and projects.
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Professor Emeritus Gary Dwyer was prominently featured in an August 2, 2012 KCET/Artbound article about San Luis Obispo country cultural theorists. The article discusses Dwyer’s books, travels, occupations, accomplishments, and artistic endeavors – including photography, sculpture, and public art installations. Called a “polymath of design” by the article’s authors, Dwyer taught Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly for more than 30 years, expanding his course content to include “topics of urban design, graphic design, portfolio production, drawing, and photography.”
To read the article, click here.
The July 2012 issue of Pacific Horticulture features an article by Asst. Professor Christine (Christy) Edstrom O'Hara. In her article, Moorish to Modern: Ancient Lessons for the Contemporary Garden, O'Hara describes how long-forgotten early garden management practices can be effective for gardens today.
"The Mediterranean climate of Andalusia, characterized by hot, dry summers, mild winters with variable rainfall, nearly constant sunshine, and rare frost, has much in common with the central and southern coastal regions of California," writes O'Hara. "Thus, 14th century Spanish gardens are models for regionally appropriate, modern California landscapes."
To read O'Hara's article, click here.
On June 10, 2012, the department and the campus said farewell to the landscape architecture Class of 2012. 58 new LA program graduates were recognized at Cal Poly's 71st Spring Commencement. Candidates awarded their BLA degree with honors included:
Cum Laude - Sarah Cawrse, Cameron Turner, Ian Williams
Several graduates were also recognized by the LA department faculty and students for other achievements. Sarah Cawrse was recognized at the 5th Year Spring Show for Academic Excellence and Service to the Department, Marina Hadley for Best Design Process and Best Senior Project, and Katherine Aalund (pictured at far left) for Design Excellence and as her classmates' Golden Eagle.
At the 5th Year Winter Show, Cameron Turner was recognized for Academic Excellence, Donovan Hall for Service to the Department, Ayla-Louise Ucok (pictured at far right) for Best Design Process, Samantha Nason (pictured second from left) for Best Senior Project, Kelsey Christoffels for Design Excellence, and Samantha Williams (pictured third from left) as her classmates' Golden Eagle.
Studio reviews provide an excellent opportunity to learn about Landscape Architecture and interact with faculty and students in the Department. Wednesday, May 30, through Friday, June 1, the Department held the following reviews:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
LA 400 Special Projects with Omar Faruque
Berg Gallery (Building 5, Room 105)
"Los Osos Public Library"
LA 204 Design Fundamentals with Astrid Reeves
2180 Palisades Avenue, Los Osos
THURSDAY, MAY 31
LA 435 Professional Practice ILC with Cameron Man
Fireplace Room (Building 34, Room 210)
"Site Specific Furnishings"
LA 242 Landscape Impementation with David Watts
Dexter (Building 34) Lawn
"IPD Studio, St. Croix Resort"
LA 204 IPD / Design Fundamentals with Gary Clay
Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Construction Management
Farmer's Market, Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
"Toro Creek Chevron Marine Terminal Restoration"
LA 403 Natural Environments Studio with Beverly Bass and Cameron Man
Dexter Gallery (Building 34, Second Floor, adjacent to rooms 247 -249)
"FLUX" Senior Show
LA 461 Senior Project Studio with Joseph Ragsdale and César Torres-Bustamante
669 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo
Nineteen LA students who finished their two-quarter capstone experience during Spring term displayed their senior design projects at 669 Higuera in downtown San Luis Obispo Friday, June 1, 2012.
During the show, the Landscape Architecture faculty announced several senior class recognition awards. Senior awards for best design process, design excellence, best senior project, and service to the department are based on faculty nominations and votes. Academic excellence is based on overall GPA.
Best Design Process - Marina Hadley
Design Excellence - Katherine Aalund
Best Senior Project - Marina Hadley
Service to the Department - Sarah Cawrse
Academic Excellence/Achievement - Sarah Cawrse
The fifth year class awarded one of their peers the Golden Eagle award. This award is made to a graduating student who has demonstrated a professional competence and attitude, has been a stabilizing influence during times of great confusion, and is a person who is always able to give to others in their time of need.
Golden Eagle Award - Katherine Aalund
These awards honored students who finished their capstone projects during Spring term.
Third year student Richard Kane was awarded this year's Courtland Paul Scholarship offered through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). The $5,000 scholarship honors the memory of Courtland P. Paul, FASLA (1927-2003) and his lifelong commitment to the landscape architecture profession.
The LAF Scholarship Winners web page says: "Through his studies in landscape architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Kane has developed a fascination with the beauty and function of nature, an obsession for design detail, and an enthusiasm for understanding how people react to outdoor spaces. His goal for the future is to design places that promote interaction between humans and the outdoors in a society that is growing increasingly disconnected from the natural world. Kane hopes to inspire people to explore and appreciate nature as well as use the technologies that are causing the disconnect in designed spaces to increase human interaction with outdoors."
SLO Journal 2011-12 (the department publication formerly known as SLO Landscape) is now available for reading on our Publications web page.
SLOJO has two new editors so you will see changed formatting and features, and new faculty are highlighted in their research. "We solicited alumni contributions, which we believe showcase the breadth of work in contemporary landscape architecture practice," SLOJO editors Christy Edstrom O'Hara and César Torres-Bustamante wrote in their introduction. "We intend to continue with this work and hope others will send us projects for the next journal."
SLOJO not only showcases distinguished alumni work and faculty scholarship but also outstanding student work, along with articles featuring Cal Poly's ASLA Student Chapter, a recent Extended Field Trip to Europe, and an update on the activities of the Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council. SLOJO also recognizes contributors to the Walt Tryon Endowment and those who have supported the department financially since the last department journal was published in 2010.