Faculty Digest: 04-12-12

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 Committee is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 11:00am in the Faculty Conference Room (05-201A)

Important Dates

Monday, April 16 - Census date

Monday, May 28 - Academic Holiday - Memorial Day observed

Department News

Professor Art Chapman (1947-2012) NEW

We were sad to learn of Professor Art Chapman's passing on Monday, April 9, 2012. He was out for his regular morning walk and had what the doctors believe to be a massive heart attack. Art had a big impace on the Architecture Department and the University, and was a personal friend to many of you. He will be sorely missed.

Viewing will be on Friday, April 13, 3:00-5:00pm at the Reis Family Mortuary, 991 Nipomo St. in San Luis Obispo. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00am at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, 221 Daly Ave., San Luis Obispo, with a Reception following. Internment will take place after the Funeral Mass at the Old Mission Catholic Cemetery, 101 Bridge St., San Luis Obispo. For more information go to the Architecture web site home page

Get Your Studio Reviews Posted on the Architecture Web Site

Once again, we strongly encourage you to notify the Architecture Department staff of any crits and reviews you are conducting, so that we may direct guest reviewers, visitors and others to them. You can submit review information via the Studio Review Form and we will post them as soon as we receive them on the Studio Reviews page on the Architecture web site.

2012-13 Part-Time Pool (#102509) Now Open

The recruitment for the Part-Time Pool for the 2012-13 academic year is now open. Details of the recruitment can be found on the Part-Time Pool (#102509) flyer.

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.


CAED Ladder Storage NEW

As the CAED is having issues with roaming ladders, the CAED ladders will now be kept in the Support Shop and checked out (by faculty only) from Doug Allen. Please keep this in mind as a part of your planning when reserving time in the CAED galleries.

Change in Room Reservation Procedure for 21-105A and 21-105B

There has been a change in the permissions rooms 21-105A and 21-105B. All CAED personnel (including faculty) will be able to view, but not reserve these rooms. Please contact Nora Mason at the CAED reception desk if you need to reserve either of these rooms. The procedure is now the same as it is for the Berg Gallery, the Media Lab and the CAED lobby.

2012 PDCI CAED Seed Grant Program - Call for Proposals

Proposals due in PDCI office (186-A300) by May 7, 2012 at 12:00pm

Funding is available to faculty through the Planning, Design and Construction Institute (PDCI) Seed Grant Research Program. The funds awarded are to assist CAED faculty in their research efforts in two areas: 1) research linked to the PDCI mission and 2) research that can lead to expanded external funding (paid by non-state sources, such as industry funds, research grants, or other non-CSU sources).

If you are interested in applying for a Summer 2012 grant, please go to the PDCI Seed Grant Program (.pdf) flyer. More information is available on the PDCI web site.

University News

Academic Senate Committee Opportunities

There are currently numerous Academic Senate Committees which require representation from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design for the 2012-2014 term. Each of the following committees needs at least one representative from our college:

Budget and Long Range Planning Committee
Distinguished Scholarship Award Committee
Distinguished Teaching Award Committee
Fairness Board
Graduate Programs Subcommittee
Grants Review Committee
Research & Professional Development Committee

For descriptions of the responsibilities of each of these committees go to the Academic Senate Committees web page. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees through 2014, complete a Statement of Interest form.

Call for Nominations for Student Arts Award

Nominations are now being sought for Cal Poly Arts Student Arts Awards. Once recipient per category will be recognized at the College of Liberal Arts Reception and Senior Recognition Award Ceremony to be held in June. Each student will receive a $250 cash award, and a framed award certificate. Those nominated but not selected for the awards will receive a Cal Poly Arts Commendation Certificate. Commendations will be mailed to the student's respective department. Go to the Call for Nominations (.pdf) for more information. Nominators should submit separate nomination forms for each category: Service to the Arts, Excellence in Original Work, Excellence in an Adaptation. Nomination forms have been emailed to all Architecture faculty.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award Nominations Sought

Since faculty members contribute significantly to student success through academic advising efforts, Cal Poly recognizes this important work by awarding the annual Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. The recipient will be awarded $1,200, will be recognized by the President at Fall Conference Convocation, and will have her/his name displayed on a perpetual plaque in Kennedy Library. The deadline for submitting nominations and letter(s) of support is Sunday, April 22, 2012.  Please submit nominations electronically through the Advising website. Any questions should be directed to

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.


Re-Dedication of Erhart Pedestrian Bridge

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:00pm

Save the date for the re-dedication of the student designed and built Erhart Pedestrian Bridge leading into Building 10. You're invited to attend the re-dedication by alumni leading this 30 year reunion of the students who were involved in this major campus project.


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

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.


Call for Presentations: ACSA/AIA Housing Research Lecture Series

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.

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.

University Professors' Masonry Workshop

June 12-14, 2012

Following up on the success of 22 past workshops since 1988, the 2012 University Professors' Masonry Workshop will provide professors with resources and background needed to effectively teach masonry design and construction classes at the university level. The workshop features separate tracks generally focused on architecture and engineering. For more information go to the Masonry Workshop (.pdf) flyer.

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

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.