Faculty Digest: 04-26-12

Faculty Meetings

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

The next General Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:00am in the Faculty Conference Room and will include preparation for the CAED all faculty brainstorming session on May 2.

The next Curriculum Committee is schedule for Thursday, April 26, at 11:00am in the Faculty Conference Room (05-201A). This an Open Curriculum Meeting for all faculty.

Important Dates

Wednesday, May 2, 6-8pm - Faculty Brainstorming Session

Monday, May 28 - Academic Holiday - Memorial Day observed

Friday, June 1 - Last Day of Classes

Wednesday, June 6 - End of Year Celebration Picnic

June 4-8 - Final Examination Period

June 10 - CAED Commencement; End of Spring Term

Department News

Professor Art Chapman Memorial Web Page - Remembrances NEW

The Architecture Department has set up a web page in memory of Art Chapman and we invite you to share your thoughts and memories that honor Art and celebrate his life. You can use the link on the web page or email directly to

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.

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.


Faculty Brainstorming on Proposed CAED Strategic Plan Themes NEW

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 6-:00-8:00pm, Berg Gallery

Dean Jones invites all CAED faculty to come and give feedback and add your own ideas to possible Strategic Goal Themes that will be used to guide the college in forming its future educational and facilities direction. This meeting will be used to generate a Briefing Paper that will be used for several purposes: 1) distribution to potential candidates for Dean; 2) use in on-going Cal Poly Strategic Planning meetings; 3) use in summer Capital Campaign priority discussions.

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

Homelessness Awareness Week NEW

Cal Poly Student Community Services would like to invite faculty, staff and students to attend their events during Homelessness Awareness Week. Please encourage your students to participate in a Sleep-Out in the University Union Wednesday May 2 at 8:30pm until Thursday, May 3 at 8:00am in the University Union and a walk/BBQ in Mitchell Park at 11:00am on May 5. For each student that attends the sleep-out, $20 will be donated to El Camino Homeless Organization on their behalf. Go to the flyers for the Sleep-Out and the BBQ for more information.

Great Grads Sought NEW

Email submissions by May 16, 2012

Public Affairs is looking for 2012 Great Grads to feature in Cal Poly Update, on our web site, and to publicize to media. As a reminder, they are looking for interesting grads and high GPAs are NOT required!

A few ideas of what to look for:

Any student taking their Cal Poly Learn by Doing education to top industry
First-generation students
Students that have overcome hardship - financial, emotional, physical
Our youngest graduating students
Students going overseas after graduation
Students that accomplished something AMAZING while at Cal Poly - projects, inventions, community service, etc.

If you have a student in mind, please email your submissions to Stacia Momburg, with a copy to Amy Hewes, no later than May 16th for possible inclusion. Prior to contacting Public Affairs, please let your nominated student know that they will be prominently featured and may be interviewed by the media. They will also need contact information (phone and email) so that we can interview and photograph the grads.

Grants Development Office Announces Spring Workshop

May 23, 2012, 2:00-4:00pm, 38-114

The Grants Development Office announces a spring workshop for faculty who would like assistance with research funding. A workshop on Grant Budgeting is set for 2:00-4:00pm on May 23 in Room 114 of the Mathematics and Science Building (Building 38). For more information go to the Grants Development Workshops flyer or call the Grants Development Office with questions at 6-2982.


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.

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.


Spring 2012 Hearst Lectures

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)

As one of the largest integrated design firms in California, LPA Inc., has a distinct history of expertise in architecture, design and planning. Founded in 1965, LPA provides architectural, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering, and graphic/signage services from early program development to project closeout.

With extensive experience in public and private architecture, our firm designs a diversity of facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities, to civic, corporate, religious and retail establishments.

Dave Gilmore will present with a number of his colleagues, LPA's integrative, sustainable, and design approach that has made this firm so successful.

For additional information about David Gilmore and LPA Inc., please visit David Gilmore.

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.


Wow! Science Camp Opportunity NEW

Wow! Science Camp, a nonprofit summer science camp dedicated to promoting children's interest in science, is looking to create a center that highlights aspects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a manner that will facilitate hand-on activities by children. The idea is to give kids an opportunity to understand how STEM makes a difference in the real world. They would appreciate an opportunity to have a conversation with anyone who is interested in this project. If possible, they could make the project competitive and the winning design or team can receive a cash award of up to $2,500. Please email Fola Adebi, Executive Director, or call her at (877)541-2267.

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 - The Arts in Society Conference NEW

July 23-25, 2012, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool, UK
The Arts Conference will be held in partnership with the Institute of Cultural Capital. The conference provides an interdisciplinary, scholarly platform for discussion of the arts and art practices and is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world - in studios and classrooms, in galleries and museums, on stage, on the streets, and in communities. The Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society and the Call for Submissions to the peer-reviewed International Journal of the Arts in Society. For more information go to The Arts In Society 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.

Modernism in Architecture & Urbanism: East, West and Across the World NEW

October 18-19, 2012, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China

The call for extended abstracts has just opened - deadline: May 2, 2012

One hundred years have passed since Le Corbusier’s Voyage to the Orient. Although he didn’t venture into the Far East, his influence – and that of Modernism – is recognizable across the world. This conference looks at Modernism’s significance to architecture and urbanism from across the world. It will explore its lasting, or fading, influence on China; and China’s influence on it.

Architecture, and indeed the world, has changed massively over the last century, so this conference will explore what contemporary ideas can be drawn from different historical periods and different social circumstances.

The conference will be part of the UK Now" festival, which is one of the biggest cultural exchange evens organized by the UK government in China. It is supported by the British Council with the Architectural Review as UK media partner. For more information go to the masterplanning the future web site.

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.