Emerging technologies are altering the profession of architecture and therefore the education of architects. In response to this, the Architecture Department at Cal Poly is committed to exposing our students to a wide variety of technological advancements to gain an understanding of their use, benefits, and limitations. Already the Department is upgrading studio spaces to accommodate digital media and laptop computers to compliment more traditional means of design. Laptops will be required of all new architecture students as of Fall 2007.
Faculty are responding to the needs of the profession and incorporating digital tools into their curricula and it is therefore critical that the department provide not only up-to-date technology but a forum for learning this material. Already in 2007, professionals visited the campus to give workshops on topics including: Bentley MicroStation, 3DStudio Max, Maya, Rhino, and Autodesk Revit. The student interest and faculty attendance was overwhelming, clearly indicating the need to continue these workshops.
The workshop forum provides another benefit beyond the transfer of knowledge; it allows students and faculty from other disciplines in the College to join together in the learning process, thus fostering the cross-disciplinary environment which is key to the future of professional life.
While Cal Poly is committed to acquiring the technological resources necessary to prepare students for their professional life, Technology Workshops are a necessary compliment to that acquisition. Your gift will enable the Architecture Department to invite professionals who are on the cutting edge of the current technology. This will give our students an important edge as they make the transition from academic to professional life.