Faculty Digest: 03-14-12
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 Committee will be announced at a later date.
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
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.
Cal Poly Transitions to PolyLearn (Moodle) beginning Spring 2012
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.
There are no current Exhibits/Crits/Invitations
Spring 2012 Hearst Lectures
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 Amazon.ca
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.
Call for Papers - Conference on the Constructed Environment NEW
October 25-26, 2012, Vancouver, Canada
The Constructed Environment Conference will be held at the University of British Columbia Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada. This interdisciplinary conference is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in the forms and functions of the constructed environment. The aim of the conference is to discuss the past character and future shape of the built environment from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. For more information and an online proposal submission form go to The Constructed Environment web site.
Call for Presentations: ACSA/AIA Housing Research Lecture Series NEW
Proposals being accepted through April 20, 2012
The AIA Housing Knowledge Community (AIA Housing) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are collaborating to increase public and professional awareness of environmental, community and technical research for housing. The ACSA/AIA Housing Research Webinar Series will provide free online continuing education for faculty, students, architects, architectural interns and others that will support evidence based practice in housing and community development. Proposals are being accepted through April 20, 2012 for the first series of three webinars that will be offered in fall of 2012. Go to the ACSA/AIA Housing Research Lecture Series web page for more information.