Faculty Digest: 03-08-12

Faculty Meetings

The next Tenured Faculty Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 11:00am-1:00pm, in the Faculty Conference Room (05-201A), and will include Probationary Faculty as well.

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

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

Important Dates

Friday, March 9 - Last Day of Classes

March 12-16 - Final Examination Period

Tuesday, March 20 - Grades Due by 4:00pm

March 21-25 - Academic Holiday

Monday, March 26 - Beginning of Spring term - classes begin

Friday, March 30 - Academic holiday - Cesar Chavez' Birthday Observed

Department News

Prof. Reich and 4th Year Design Studio Consilio Win Prestigious Award

Prof. Jonathan Reich's "Studio Consilio - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Architecture Department" Hanging Bench received a 2012 Special Design Award in the American Wood Products Council's Woodworks For Non-Residential Construction design award program.

The Design award will be presented at the Wood Solutions Fair, at the Long Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012. For more interesting details about the project and participants go to the Architecture home page.

Architecture Department Hosting Alumni Socials During Spring Quarter

The Architecture Department will be hosting three Alumni Socials in the upcoming Spring quarter. For more information go to the Alumni & Friends page of the Architecture web site.

University News

Cal Poly Transitions to PolyLearn (Moodle) beginning Spring 2012 NEW

As you most likely know, Blackboard will be retired at the end of the Winter 2012 term. Cal Poly has adopted Moodle as its centrally supported learning management system beginning in Spring 2012. ITS will support both Moodle and Blackboard during the transition period, with the expectation that Blackboard will no longer be available as of May 31, 2012. Course content will not be migrated automatically for faculty from Blackboard to Moodle. To assist you in this process go to the Transferring Files from Blackboard to PolyLearn web page. Further support can be found in the Faculty Support page of the PolyLearn Support web site.


End of Quarter Reviews NEW

To find out when and where your colleagues' reviews are go to the Studio Reviews page of the Architecture web site. To have your review listed there go to the Studio Review Form and it will be listed as soon after we receive it as possible.


Spring 2012 Hearst Lectures UPDATED

Jean-Pierre Chupin, Ph.D., Research Chair on Competitions and Contemporary Practices in Architecture École d’architecture, Université de Montréal

Friday, April 6th, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

On the analogical core of architectural thinking:
"Certain analogies are persistent in architecture; others do not withstand scrutiny. Some follow the development of a project; others impose themselves after the building has appeared, and at times, stand contrary to the initial ideas of the project. There exist analogies that are too literal and too visible, while there are others that only emerge after explanation and in-depth analysis. In architecture, the spectrum of action is not incidental. It constitutes a field of research in itself. This investigation undertakes an historical and critical examination of the operations of analogy, by probing, from among a range of manifestations, three characteristic registers of modern uses and contemporary theories: the knowledge of life (and of biology); the architecture of the city; and the modeling of design itself. "

To view Chupin's latest publication, go to

For additional information about Chupin's teaching, please go to Jean-Pierre Chupin


Future Spring 2012 Hearst Lectures include:

Tridib Benerjee, James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning Director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, USC, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Urban Planning; Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs Urban Planning, UCLA.

Friday, April 20th, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

David Gilmore, Architect and principal at the architectural firm LPA Inc. (Cal Poly BS Arch 1976)

Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

Additional spring guest speakers and times TBA

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.


There are no current Competitions.


Unique USAID Funding Opportunity

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.

AIA Announces RFP for Funded Research Grants on Design and Health

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2012

Communities large and small around the globe face increasingly complex challenges to quality of life that require innovative solutions. The AIA has launched a long-term commitment that it will develop with other partners within the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to help address such problems. Decade of Design: The AIA Urban and Regional Solutions Challenge is conceived as a 10-year commitment to engage architecture schools and other stakeholders in research in a set of targeted areas to address problems facing, urban, suburban, and rural communities in the United States and beyond.

To launch the Decade of Design the AIA is partnering with ACSA and the CGI to solicit proposals for research projects in the first of a series of topic areas: design and health. The proposed projects should document the positive impact of design interventions or propose solutions, based on past successes, that can be readily implemented in the future. Through the projects, faculty, students, and practitioners will actively engage stakeholders to ensure that proposed design solutions are a good fit for the communities in which they will occur.

The AIA will award up to $40,000 in grants, with a maximum of $20,000 for any single project. Download the request for proposals here. For more information and to download the Request for Proposals go to the ACSA 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.

Call for Papers - Spaces & Flows Conference

October 11-12, 2012, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

The Spaces and Flows Conference is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to critically examine the spatial, social, ideological, and political forces that shape and transform cities, suburbs, and rural areas. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming Cities and Communities in Contemporary Times," and it is fitting that the location is Detroit, Michigan, USA - a city whose past and recent history exemplifies the complex processes that must be examined and mastered for positive transformations to occur. Proposal are welcomed from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Go to the Spaces & Flows Conference web site for more information.