Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

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This article is about the college of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona. For the college of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, see Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design
Cal Poly Pomona university seal.png
Motto Instrumentum Disciplinae (Latin: "Application of Knowledge")
Established January, 1971
Type Public College
Space Grant[1]
Dean Michael Woo
Academic staff
86 (Fall 2001)[2]
Students 1,632 (Fall 2001)[2]
(percent of total university enrollment: 8%)
Undergraduates 1,480
Postgraduates 152
Location Pomona (pop. 152,631),[3]
California California,
United States United States
Campus College of Environmental Design Building 7 - Environmental Design
Affiliations National Architectural Accrediting Board
California State University system
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Website Cal Poly Pomona - ENV

The Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design (CENV) is a college part of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). 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. It is the only academic unit within the California State University system to be associated with a Pritzker Prize laureate (often referred to as "The Nobel Prize in Architecture").


College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona

The planning programs at Cal Poly Pomona evolved from the undergraduate landscape architecture program that originally was part of the School of Agriculture.[4] 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 1978, the College was briefly led by Richard Saul Wurman, founder of the TED (conference) and given credit for coining the term "information architect".[5]

In 2005, in a project called Prioritization and Recovery, then-president J. Michael Ortiz proposed breaking up the college, promoting the Department of Architecture to a School[6] 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.[7] In response to student, faculty and alumni backlash and unanimous college consensus against the proposal, the project was abandoned.

IDC (Interim Design Center)

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.

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 (2,800 m2) design studio building at the east end of the campus. Current plans are for a new Environmental Design Center[8] on the north side of University Drive at the northwest corner of the campus.


ENV First-Time Freshmen Profile [9]
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Average GPA
Average SAT
(out of 1600)


Design Intelligence Rankings (National)[10]
2013 2014
Architecture Undergraduate
Landscape Architecture Undergraduate
Landscape Architecture Graduate
Interior Architecture Graduate

Academic programs and departments[edit]


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 16th nationally in the 2014 edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" published by the journal DesignIntelligence[10] and was in the top 20 in the 2011 survey.[11] In 2009, the program was named one of three schools in the nation that excel in sustainable design by Arch Ed 2009 published by Architecture (magazine).[12] The program has been "impacted"[13] since its inception over 40 years ago,[14] 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.[15] By 2007 the department's acceptance rate was down to 9 percent, or 225 out of 2,551 applicants,[16] 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.[17] Prior to graduation students are required to complete a 500-hour internship under NCARB.[18]

Notable and influential 20th century architects that have taught at the department include Richard Neutra,[19] Raphael Soriano[20] Craig Ellwood,[21] Richard Saul Wurman,[22] Thom Mayne,[23]James Pulliam[24] and Ray Kappe,[25] who together with Bernard Zimmerman founded the program in 1968.[25] After a falling out with university administrators, a group went on to form the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972.[26] Past faculty include: Aaron Betsky, Michele Saee, Michael Folonis, Hsin Ming Fung, Margaret Griffin, Christoph Kapeller.

Current Architecture Faculty are:

  • Robert Alexander, Assistant Professor. Winner of the Cavin Fellowship[27] and the Rotch Fellowship.[28]
  • Lauren Bricker, PhD, Professor
  • Kip Dickson, RA, Professor
  • Michael Fox, Associate Professor
  • Luis Hoyos, RA, Professor
  • Pablo La Roche, PhD, Professor
  • Denise Lawrence, PhD, Professor
  • Juintow Lin, RA, Associate Professor
  • Sarah Lorenzen, AIA, Associate Professor & Chair
  • Gary McGavin, AIA, Professor
  • Alexander Ortenberg, AIA, PhD, Professor
  • George R. Proctor, RA, Professor
  • Irma Ramirez, Professor
  • Marc Schulitz, Assistant Professor. He designed numerous international sports arena projects, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup Arena in Hanover and the Lentpark ice and swim stadium in Cologne, Germany.
  • Axel Schmitzberger, Professor
  • Katrin Tertegen, Assistant Professor
  • Hofu Wu, AIA, Professor

ARC Undergraduate admissions[edit]

Avg. GPA Avg. SAT/1,600 Avg. ACT Applied Accepted Admissions Rate

Undergraduate demographics[edit]

Minority Female International Financial Aid

Student - faculty ratio[edit]

Student/Faculty ratio


Graduate Undergraduate Non-resident
add $288 per unit


The Art Department offers two majors: A B.F.A in Graphic Design, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a B.A. in Art History, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a minor in Art History is also offered through the B.A. program.

Landscape Architecture[edit]

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 10th nationally by DesignIntelligence 2014.[10] The department's students won 5 out of 20 awards[32] from the American Society of Landscape Architects student competition in 2008, more awards than Harvard and University of Pennsylvania. Longtime faculty member Takeo Uesugi designed the George and Takaye Aratani Japanese Garden adjacent to the CLA building on campus. In 2005, the college awarded Jack Dangermond, a department graduate and Forbes 400 richest persons in America, an honorary degree.[33] Due to the design studio based structure of the program, the student to faculty ratio is a relatively low 16 to 1.[17]

Urban and Regional Planning[edit]

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.[17] In 2008, the program was ranked 21st in the nation for Best Urban & Regional Planning graduate program amongst all private and public schools, according to Planetizen,[34] an online publication for the urban planning, design and development community and 2nd best for programs without a Ph.D.[35]

Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies[edit]

Located on 16 acres (65,000 m2) 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. The center became the first carbon neutral facility in the California State University system.[36]

Special programs[edit]

Neutra VDL House
  • Richard Neutra - VDL House - The college maintains the house of renowned modernist architect Richard Neutra, whose wife left the house to the college to continue his legacy.[37] The house serves as a laboratory for the study of historic preservation and sustainable design and has been used to host college guests and design studio presentations. In 2000, it was designated a World Monument by the World Monument Fund[38] to bring attention to the house's desperate need for funding its maintenance and repair. In 2005, in a project called Prioritization and Recovery, university president J. Michael Ortiz proposed transferring the property to an organization more financially suited to fund the house's maintenance. College departments unanimously agreed against the proposal[39] and are currently engaged in a $1 million capital campaign[40] to keep the house under university ownership.
  • W. Keith and Janet Kellogg Art Gallery - Located in building 35A, the 4,500-square-foot (420 m2) gallery hosts contemporary art exhibits for the campus and greater Los Angeles community. The building was designed by architecture instructor James Pulliam[24] and its sculpture garden and entry gates were designed by Italian industrial designer Ettore Sottsass.
  • Schrage House - In 2011, the college was pledged the Schrage House designed by renowned Mid-Century Modern architect Raphael Soriano in the 1950s. The $3 million bequest includes funding for the future maintenance of the home.[47]
  • The Dale Prize - "The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. Scholar and practitioner awardees demonstrate excellence in a common topic that is selected each year. Awardees spend two days on the campus, meeting with students and participating in a colloquium. The Dale Prize is made possible by an endowment provided by June Dale, wife of the late William R. Dale (Bill Dale)." [48]
  • Link Magazine - A twice a year publication showcasing the accomplishments of students, faculty and alumni in the fileds of Architecture, Landcape Architecture, Art and Urban Planning.[49]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California Space Grant Consortium Affiliates". California Space Grant Consortium. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b Proposal for a School of Design at the UCI
  3. ^ "Pomona, California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  4. ^ Department of Urban and Regional Planning - Department History
  5. ^ Stipp, David (1997-06-23). "Richard Saul Wurman The King Of Access Q: What Do Bill Gates, Daniel Boorstin, Marvin Minsky, Horace Deets, Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Negroponte, Edward De Bono, And A Slew Of Other Elite Doers And Thinkers Have In Common? A: They're All Friends Of Ted". CNN. 
  6. ^ P&R Responses for recommendation 52
  7. ^ 2007 List of Proposals & Recommendations - ACADEMIC CROSS-COLLEGE PROPOSALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  8. ^ Environmental Design Center
  9. ^ "Just the Facts". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  10. ^ a b c
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  12. ^ Amanda Kolson Hurley (2009). "A new guide to inform (and demystify) the process of choosing an architecture school". Architecture (magazine). Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  13. ^ Cal Poly Pomona - Impacted Majors
  14. ^ MESSAGE.pdf ENV 2008 Newsletter - Message from the Dean
  15. ^ Architectural Record - Guide to Architectural Education
  16. ^ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Peterson's
  17. ^ a b c Cal Poly Pomona Student to Faculty Ratio, Falls 2005-2008
  18. ^ Cal Poly Pomona Catalog 2008-2009 - College of Environmental Design
  19. ^ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Prioritization and Recovery Responses
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  21. ^ Craig Ellwood, Neil Jackson, Laurence King Publishing, 2002
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  23. ^ San Diego Tribune, Innovator Picked for Top Architecture Prize, March 21st, 2005
  24. ^ a b Nelson, Valerie J. (2006-01-01). "James Pulliam, 80; Architect, Teacher Noted for Modernism". Los Angeles Times. 
  25. ^ a b Residential Architect, Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
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  32. ^ ASLA 2008 Student Awards
  33. ^ "Alumnus Jack Dangermond to Earn Honorary Doctorate". PolyCentric. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
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  38. ^ World Monument Fund - VDL Research House II
  39. ^ - P&R Responses for recommendation 121
  40. ^ The New York Times - CURRENTS | Richard Neutra’s Home Seeks a Down Payment on Its Future by Stacie Stukin- May 1, 2008
  41. ^ Cal Poly Exchange Programs
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Coordinates: 34°03′26″N 117°49′38″W / 34.05722°N 117.82722°W / 34.05722; -117.82722