Faculty Digest: 01-12-12

Faculty Meetings

The next Tenured Faculty Meeting will be announced at a later date.

The next General Faculty Meeting will be announced at a later date.

The next Curriculum Meeting will be announced at a later date.

Important Dates

Monday, January 16 - Academic Holiday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday observed - Campus Closed

Tuesday, January 17 - Classes follow a Monday schedule

Tuesday, January 24 - Census Date

Friday, February 17 - Classes follow a Monday schedule

Monday, February 20 - Academic Holiday - Washington's Birthday observed - Campus Closed

Department News

Prof. Michael Lucas Presents Two Papers NEW

Prof. Michael Lucas will present a paper, "Between the Marfa Lights and the Food Shark: Judd's Ego-Centrism and Eco-Centrism, Marfa, 2011", at the American Popular Culture Association in Albuquerque, February 10. The paper discusses the impact of place on Donald Judd's work, his turn toward more site-specific installation as he transitioned from New York to remote West Texas, and the reciprocal changes to the town of Marfa itself as place in the last twenty years.

As well, Prof. Lucas will present a paper, "Representing Presence: Interrogating the Real in Beginning Design", at the 14th Annual International Society for Phenomenology and Media Conference in San Diego, February 16. The paper explores the challenges of re-embodiment of new designers and teaching architecture as a visceral art in an age of digital/visual immersion.

University News

State Faculty Support Grants

Deadline for Proposals: January 27, 2012

The State Faculty Support Grant program supports research, scholarship, and creative activities that help faculty remain current in their disciplines and contribute new knowledge, with the intent of strengthening California socially, culturally, and economically. For guidelines and an application form to apply for a mini-grant and assigned time for the 2012-13 year, visit the Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) web site or call the RGP office at 756-1508.

Cal Poly Diversity Colloquium

Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center; February 6, 2012, 5:00-7:00pm; Reception - 7:30pm

Faculty are asked to encourage their students to fill the PAC for what should be a significant educational and enlightening experience. Celebrating Diversity is a Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community colloquium addressing the virtues of living and learning in a diverse society. It will be a dynamic, fast-moving colloquium and will hopefully stimulate critical thinking a raise awareness. For more information and to see the program go to the Celebrating Diversity web site.

Greek Life Partnership Between Cal Poly Faculty and Greek Life Students

Diego Silva, Coordinator of Greek Life on campus, and Renoda Campbell, Panhellenic and USFC Advisor, would like to reach out to faculty in an effort to create a better partnership between the Cal Poly faculty and Greek Life students. There are two upcoming initiatives that the Greek Life office will undertake this academic year and they would like to ask for faculty's help, if you are interested. Please see the Greek Life memo (.pdf) for opportunities to get involved with Greek Life.


There are no current Exhibits/Crits/Invitations


Winter 2012 Hearst Lectures

Perry Kulper, Architect, Artist, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubmann College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, (Cal Poly BS Arch)

Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

Perry Kulper is an architect and associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan. Prior to his arrival at the University of Michigan he was a SCI-Arc faculty member for 16 years as well as in visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University. Subsequent to his studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (BS Arch) and Columbia University (M Arch) he worked in the offices of Eisenman/ Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His interests include the roles of representation and methodologies in the production of architecture and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination.

The Department will host an exhibition of Kulper's artwork in the CAED lobby as well co-host a workshop on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Details to follow.

For additional information of Kulper's artwork, please go to Perry Kulper

For additional information about Kulper's teaching, please go to Perry Kulper Michigan

For additional information of Kulper's March 2009, Drawings & Workshops 'Texas Range', please go to Texas Range Workshop.

Future Winter 2011 Hearst Lectures include:

Peter Walker, Landscape Architect, FASLA

Friday, February 3rd, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information of Walker's firm, please go to PWP Landscape Architecture.

Martin Finio Architect and Critic at Yale University, and Taryn Christoff, Architect, Principals of Christoff:Finio Architecture

Friday, February 24th, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information about Finio's firm, please go to Christoff:Finio Architecture

William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE Structural and Civil Engineering Partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM)

Friday, March 2nd, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information about Baker, please go to William F. Baker


Ryan Murphy Project Manager at SCIAME Construction

Friday, March 9th, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information of Sciame Construction, please go to SCIAME.

The Hearst Lecture Series is hosted by Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) through a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation. For more information go to the Hearst Lectures web page.


EDRA Great Places Awards

Deadline for entries: Friday, January 27, 2012

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is now accepting submissions for the 14th Annual Great Places Awards for Place Design Planning and Research. EDRA's Great Places Awards are unique among programs that recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design. They are distinguished by their interdisciplinary focus, concern for human factors in the design of the built environment, and a commitment to promoting links between design research and practice. For more submission guidelines and more information go to the EDRA web site.

26th Annual CSU Student Research Competition REMINDER

Cal Poly Deadline: February 9, 2012

Please remind your students that the 26th Annual CSU Student Research Competition will be held at California State University, Long Beach, on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, 2012. Faculty advisors should encourage senior project students and graduate students to submit entries. Recent graduates (Spring 2011 and after) are also eligible. For more information go to the CSU Student Research Competition web page on Cal Poly's Research and Graduate Programs web site. Information can also be found on the Competition flyer.

ACSA Student Competitions

Please make your students aware of several student competitions announced on the Competitions page of the ACSA web site. These include the Sustainable Lab Competition, The Sustainable Home competition, and The Architecture & Engineering of Sustainable Buildings competition. See each page for details and deadlines.


2012 ACSA International Conference Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 11, 2012

The 2012 ACSA International Conference will focus on CHANGE, and will explore these issues in relation to seven themes, Civic Engagement, Academia, Practice, Technology, Cities, Globalization, Sustainability and one flexible open category. Go to the ASCA Call for Abstracts web page for more information.

Eighth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

University of California, Los Angeles, January 16-18, 2012

This conference will focus upon a range of critically important themes in the various fields that address the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge and society. The conference is cross-disciplinary in scope, a meeting point for technologists with a concern for the social and social scientists with a concern for the technological. The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on information and communications technologies. For more information go to the Technology, Knowledge, & Society web site.

Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society

July 23-25, 2012, Liverpool John Morres University, Liverpool, UK

Call for Papers Submission Deadline: January 17, 2012

The 2012 Arts in Society Conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the arts in society. Plenary speakers will include leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts, as well as paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by researchers and practitioners in all fields of artistic engagement. Prospective participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal. For more information on the conference and submissions go to The Arts in Society web site.

Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management

Call for Papers Deadline: Jan. 19, 2012;

Conference: July 6-8, 2012, University Center, Chicago, IL

The Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management will address knowledge, culture and change in organization from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Plenary speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers in the field of management. The Management Conference and its companion journal are devoted to those intangible drivers which determine not only the livability of organization for insiders, and their credibility and attraction to outsiders, but also their tangible results in the form of efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. For more information on the conference and submission of papers go to the Management Conference web site.

Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

University of California, Los Angeles, January 20-22, 2012

The Design Conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of 'design', as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue that encompasses an expansive array of disciplinary perspectives and practices. The highly inclusive format provides conference delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specializations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism. For more information go to the Design Conference 2012 web site.

RMCAD Call for Papers & Presentations

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 1, 2012

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is seeking proposals for an Assessment in the Arts conference to be held July 20-22, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. This conference seeks to add to the body of knowledge of assessment; specifically how creative academic programs can be appropriately assessed for accreditation, instructor feedback and the improvement of student learning. For more information regarding submissions and the conference itself go to the RMCAD (.pdf) flyer.

PLAT 3.0 Call for Submissions

Deadline: February 14, 2012

PLAT, a student-run architecture journal out of the Rice School of Architecture, invites projects, images, essays, and manifestos, including scholarly papers, photographs, drawings, prints, media projects, philosophical explorations of the discursive opportunities which emerge in the wake of collective disruption. For more information and abstract guidelines go to the PLAT web site.