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The Architecture Department is pleased to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of our alumni that span over an impressive fifty-six years. We trust that you will have as many memories and discoveries reading as we did compiling the news. We are proud of your achievements and hope that you will stay in touch with your Alma Matter by contacting James Doerfler or through the Alumni News Submittal Form provided as a way to share your news.

Graduation: Photos & Thesis Topics

Starting with the 2006-2007 academic year, the architecture department has produced a thesis topic publication listing that year's thesis topics. Go to Publications for the thesis Pamphlet and Alumni & Friends -under Resources, for the graduating class photo.

Alumni News:

Alumni News entries will be posted as announced and archives at the end of the year under the alumni's year of graduation.

Bruce Brown (B.Arch '76), Quality Assurance and Risk Manager at GD, was featured in the Architect's Questionnaire series for PortlandArchitecture.com.

Gabrella Bendeck (B.Arch '11), and her colleagues with CRO Studio in San Diego, won one of the 2013 PA Awards with their Modulo Prep Library project. See the announceement in Architect magazine.

Luke Arehart (B.Arch '10), designer at BlackBox Productions interviewed. David Grigsby (B.Arch '95) and featured in the Architect’s Questionnaire series for PortlandArchitecture.com.

Timonthy Mark Woodle (B.Arch '86) passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at his home in Templeton. Tim was an extremely talented Architect specializing in Winery Design. His projects spanned the globe from the West Coast to Beijing, China. His local projects include: LEED Silver Certified Niner Winery, Farm Supply in San Luis Obispo, Vina Robles Winery, Robert Hall Winery and many others.

Alfonso Dominguez and artist Sarah Filley co-founded nonprofit popuphood in Oakland, California, as a small-business incubator to revitalize the neighborhood and spark long-term economic development. For more information about Popuphood go to the Architecture web site home page.

Chris Allen, (B.Arch 2006) is Project Manager at Garcia Architecture + Design, and Designer/Fabricator at CWA Studios

Carmen Trudell's (B.Arch 2001) 2012 Seed Grant Proposal has been fully funded by the PDCI Executive Committee. Her research will focuses on passive air filtration systems. Passive architectural ventilation principles combined with air cleaning principles used in industrial hygiene can foster a new type of performative wall system.  Several modules for filtration of relatively large airborne particulates (i.e. sand, dust, soot, ash, and pollen) were conceptually designed while previously studying at the Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE).  A multidisciplinary team of Cal Poly students in architecture, environmental engineering, and aeronautical engineering will carry-forward this research by refining the design, iteratively fabricating and wind tunnel testing, optimizing, and documenting these modules.  The modules are made from low-tech non-toxic materials such as ceramic or pressed-earth making applications in underdeveloped regions feasible, and making this a sustainable long-term solution. 

David M. Lee (B.Arch 2012) in working for HWKN in NYC, and was “part of the design team of the winning entry to MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program’s 2012 architecture installation competition". David attended the April 18th, 2012 Prospective Student and Alumni Reception in NYC at the Yale Club.
For additional information about the winning competition, go to ARCH DAILY.

Nicholas B. Leone (B.Arch 2008) passed in March 2012 his CSE exams. Congratulations. Nick's intentions are to attend graduate school.

James McKenzie (M.S, Arch 2001) recently resigned his position at Stanford University (March 2012) to accpet the position of the Director-Center for Excellence at Swinerton Incorporated in San Francisco, CA. "After an extensive search, James McKenzie has been selected by Swinerton Incorporated as the new Director of the Center for Excellence. In this role, McKenzie will employ his extensive background encompassing all aspects of the building industry to advance the way Swinerton does business. With a deep passion for innovating the future of the construction industry, McKenzie will be a driving force in Swinerton’s ongoing evolution as a builder. "

For additional information, go to Press Release James McKenzie

The Hallidie Building, named after Andrew Hallidie, inventor of the modern day cable car system in San Francisco and designed in 1918 by Willis Polk, is being renovated. Alumna Annie Lo (B.Arch, '05), the architect of record with McGinnis Chen Associates is working with Bruce Albert (ARCH, '77), principal at The Albert Group and manager on the project. Both Lo and Albert find the Hallidie building particularly interesting. It was a progressive structure for its time; the first glass wall building in the nation.

Stephanie N. Silkwood (B.Arch 2008) has been elevated to an Associate at RMW, and is serving at IDP State Coordinator for AIACC and NCARB.

The Architecture Department is pleased to host the artwork of alum Perry Kulper (B.S 1976) in the CAED lobby. Opening reception takes place on Friday, January 27, 2012 after the Hearst Lecture at 5:30pm. Exhibition will run through Wednesday, February, 8th, 2012

For additional information about Kulper's artwork, go to PerryKulper
For additional information about the Hearst Lecture Series

Tom di Santo (B.Arch 1989), principal of M:OME, was recently elected to the board of the AIA, and will serve as president-elect for the local chapter AIA Central Coast Chapter(AIA CCC). Tom will also serve
as the Vice President in the mean time. and his responsibilities include representing the local chapter at the National Grassroots Convention in Washington DC. Tom will be running the monthly Continuing Education Lectures .

Haley Gipe (B.Arch 2007) was one of two recipients of the 2012 AIA Associates Awards.

The AIA Associates Award is the highest award given to individual associate AIA members who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region's membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries.

Haley has been since her graduation a strong supporter of her alma mater and in particular as the AIACC IDP State Coordinator, North, Haley has been a leader in promoting among her alma mater the importance for joining the NCARB Intern Development Program (IDP). With a colleague of hers, Tim Alatorre (B.Arch 2006) Haley co-founded sloArch.com; a news and entertainment site dedicated to strengthening the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Architecture community. Congratulations to Haley on this wonderful recognition.

For additional information, go to AIA Award
For additional information about SloArch, go to SloArch

David Lee (B.Arch 2011) was a finalist in the Greatest Grid Competition sponsored by the Architectural League in New York City. David is currently working with HWKN, a young firm that was selected to submit for the MOMA PS 1 competition.

To view his entry (..pdf), go to David Lee.

Anthony Stahl (B.Arch 2011) is currenlty working with Foster + Partners in New York City.

Clayton (Clay) Taylor (B.Arch 2009) and Jai Kumaran (B.Arch 2009) co-edited the forthcoming book "Culture Now: Midsize America " with Karen Lorhman and Thom Mayne which re-caps the 2010-2011 UCLA Suprastudio research.

Both Clay and Jai received their M.Arch II from UCLA in 2011 and are currently working as Project Designers at Morphosis Architects in Culver City, CA.

Brian Vargo (B.Arch 2011) thesis' project HYPER (uner the mentorship of Prof. Doug Jackson) was announced as a finalist in an international competition by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. For additional information, go to Brian Vargo's competition entry

Brian is currently working in Copenhagen, Denmark with the architecture firm JaJa.

Stacey White (B.Arch 1999), owner, Mode Associates was selected this month (December 2011) by The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, as one of this year's Top 20 Under 40 award winner. This award honors young professionals from San Luis Obispo County for their contributions in their fields.

"Winners have proven they have the leadership skills, dedication and vision to make a difference in their organizations and respective communities. They also represent a diverse group of occupations and industries, and have been involved in business, law, education and nonprofit organizations. 'We were impressed with both the number — and quality — of applicants this year,’’ said Sandra Duerr, executive editor of The Tribune. “Those young professionals have clearly demonstrated dedication, innovation and excellence, enriching our county in the process.'’"

For additional information, go to The Tribune Stacey White

Eric Thomas Nulman (B.Arch 1999) has been awarded the 2011-12 ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award
Juror Comments: Eric’s work foregrounds the as yet unanswered question of what the aesthetic embodiment could be for the field’s growing interest in sustainability. He does this by offering studio courses that explore the affective potentials for design in a range of materials (from the artificial to the natural).

For additional information, go to ACSA/Awards 2011-12

Wendy Ornelas (B.Arch 1980) will serve as the keynote speaker for the Architectural Education Summit sponsored by the California Council of the American Institute of Architects (CCAIA) on November 18th, 2011 in San Francisco. Wendy has also been elected as the newest and one of two Central States Regional Directors for AIA. She will take office in December 2011 and carries a three year term.

For additional information about the CCAIA event, go to Wendy Ornelas.

J. Gerard Capell (B.Arch 1981) CSI announced that the organization will elevate six members to Fellows of the Institute during the Honors and Awards Gala at CONSTRUCT2011 & The CSI Annual Convention in Chicago on Friday, September 16. Fellows are nominated by their colleagues and selected by CSI's Jury of Fellows in recognition of their accomplishments in advancing construction technology, improving construction specifications, educating people in the construction industry or advancing the goals of the Institute. J. Gerard Capell, CSI, CCS of CSI’s Milwaukee Chapter will be joining this distinguished group at the 2011 convention. For more information on Gerard and this award please see the attached pdf.

Bonnie Miller (B.Arch 2009) after working for a year in San Luis Obipo, has accepted a position at MBH Architects, in Alameda, CA. We are very proud of her accomplishments and wish her all the best.

Tom di Santo (B.Arch 1989), principal of M:OME, will be presenting his art work at the recently completed Contraband Caffé Gallery (by M:oME) Saturday, April 9th, 2011. Reception takes place on Saturday at 6pm. The paintings will be up until Saturday 7 May, 2011. The exhibit will include 31 framed and unframed architectural watercolour sketches and seasonal abstracts.

Douglas Thornley, AIA (B.Arch 1982) is principal of Gould Evans Baum Thornley. In mid-November 2010, his firm was selected to design a new winery in Sonoma County, CA.

Jonathan Hradecky, LEED AP (B.Arch 2008) is working at BAR Architects in San Francisco, CA.

Casey Fesser (B. Arch 06) is an Associate with Levy Design Partners Inc Architecture in San Francisco, CA.

Brian Siu Yang(B. Arch 09) is an Associate with Levy Design Partners Inc Architecture in San Francisco, CA.

Bryce Osborn, (B.Arch 04), is a Project Manager in the Commercial Office Buildings and Retail Studios at Gensler in Santa Monica, CA.

Paul A. Locke Jr, (B.Arch 02), is working on the new Abu Dhabi Guggenheim project with Gehry Partners, LLP in Los Angeles, CA.

Jason A. Conner (B. Arch 07) is working with Gehry Partners, LLP in Los Angeles, CA.

Ernesto Mock Fong (B. Arch 07) is working with Gehry Partners, LLP in Los Angeles, CA.

Craig R. Smith (B.Arch 1976), principal of CRSA Archtiecture, received an Honor Award for the project: The Historic Wineman Hotel, at the AIA CCC Design Awards 2010, Saturday, June 26, 2010.

Tom di Santo (B.Arch 1989), principal of M:OME, received a Citation Award for the project: 1+1+1 House, at the AIA CCC Design Awards 2010, Saturday, June 26, 2010.

George Garcia (B.Arch 1989), principal of Garcia Architecture + Design. On Saturday June 26th, 2010 the American Institute of Architects (AIA-CCC) 2010 Design Awards competition was held at Cal Poly State University.  We are pleased to announce that ga+d was presented with 3 design awards for 3 separate projects, including a small residential addition (Citation Award for the project: Norris Residence), an outdoor garden+terrace (Citation Award for the project: Secunda Terrace + Garden), and a large scale mixed use complex (Award of Merit for the project: The Mix @ Monterey).  These projects are all located in San Luis Obispo, California.
We are both honored and proud that our work has been recognized by the AIA, and are excited to share this news.  A sincere thank you to all our clients, partners, colleagues and associates, with whom we will continue to raise the standard of architecture + design.

Go to Norris Residence
Go to Secunda Residence
Go to Mix @ Monterey

Greg Wynn (B.Arch 1988) received the 2010 Verla and Paul Neel Faculty Scholarship. The donor's intention for this award has been to help support directly connected professional activity through participation in state or national conferences/conventions presented by the professional organizations represented in the college.

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