Faculty Digest: 01-19-12

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 is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, at 11:00am in the Faculty Conference Room (05-201A)

Important Dates

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. Laura Joines Wins Two Awards NEW

In a recent ceremony, US Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Laura Joines, AIA, of DOMU Architects, and Besant Hill School, Ojai, CA, a Green Schools Sustainable Design Award for 2011.

As well, Prof. Joines received a stipend and Artist-in-Residency Award to work in the ceramic studio of the late Beatrice Wood at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, CA. The December 2011 award provided a three-day residency, including all meals and lodging in order to allow maximum time to be spent in the pottery studio. You are invited to view a picture of the resulting work by Prof. Joines.

Prof. Michael Lucas Presents Two Papers

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.


ACSA 100th Annual Meeting and Gala NEW

Meeting: March 1-4, 2012, Boston, MA; Gala: March 3, 2012, 8:00pm

ACSA will mark 100 years this March during the ACSA Annual Meeting in Boston. You are invited to celebrate at the ACSA 100 Gala at the MIT Media Lab.Go to the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting web page for information on both the Annual Meeting and the Gala.


Cal Poly Graduate Lloyd Russell to Speak NEW

Friday, January 20, 4:00pm, Business Rotunda

Cal Poly Graduate and architect/developer Lloyd Russell of San Diego will be speaking this Friday. Please encourage your students to come see this award-winning innovator. Go to Lloyd Russell's web site for more information about him. You may also be interested abacus, his clever animation movie of his work.

Winter 2012 Hearst Lectures UPDATED

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 drawing workshop, "the Breakfast Club" on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Students are encourage to attend the workshop. Go to the the Breakfast Club flyer for more information.

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

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.


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.

Unique USAID Funding Opportunity NEW

Webinar January 24, 2012, 1:00-3:00pm; Applications Due April 3, 2012

Interested colleges and universities are invited to join a webinar to learn more about a draft request for applications (RFA) from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that would support individual institutions or consortia of institutions in creating innovative solutions to ongoing dev elopement challenges.

Successful applicants will bring creative, multi-disciplinary approaches to USAID's development practice while engaging faculty, staff and student communities, and will become part of a networked set of centers that bring creative problem-solving, analysis and engagement to USAID's core development practice. These centers will articulate development problems and identify, create and/or evaluate novel solutions.

Single institution centers will involve a single higher education institution. USAID anticipates awarding a total of $100 million over five years. The final RFA is expected to be issued February 8, 2012, with applications due April 3, 2012. For more information and to register for the January 24 webinar go to the USAID web site.

Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management

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.