About Us

Students from Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design work to complete their projects in time for the 19th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition, a juried competition among students of the college.


With more than 1,900 students, Cal Poly’s acclaimed College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) offers a unique blend of eight degree programs in five closely related departments: architectural engineering, architecture, city and regional planning, construction management, and landscape architecture. For nearly 75 years, the CAED programs and 16,000 alumni have positively influenced the forces that shape the planning, design and construction worlds.


The mission of the CAED is to be the premier institution in the nation preparing students for leadership roles in the professions that plan, design, construct and steward the built environment.


CAED programs promote Learn by Doing experiences, allowing students to undertake sophisticated projects. All students can collaborate with industrial partners and work across disciplines. They find creative solutions to the real problems faced by industry and our global community. The significant educational benefits result from a low student-to-professor ratio and high-quality technological and support facilities. 


The curricula within the CAED emphasizes interdisciplinary technical skills, participation in community studies, internships, and work experience programs, structured options to study off-campus, instructional access to prominent professionals and sponsored project participation. We prepare students to work globally in innovative teams at the leading edge for creating sustainable, compelling surroundings. 


Architectural Engineering - Prepares students for a professional career in the structural design of buildings.

Architecture - Prepares students for entry into expanding professional global opportunities. 

City & Regional Planning- Prepares students for professional practice as community planners or private consultants. 

Construction Management- Prepares students for leadership positions in the construction profession immediately upon graduation.

Landscape Architecture - Prepares students for professional careers dedicated to planning, designing, and managing landscapes. 


  • Architectural Engineering
  • City & Regional Planning
  • Construction Management
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Real Property Development
  • Sustainable Environments


  • MS -  Architectural Engineering
  • MS - Architecture (restarting in 2025)
  • MCRP - City & Regional Planning
  • MBA - Architecture Management
    through Orfalea College of Business
  • MBA - Landscape Architecture
    Management through Orfalea
    College of Business





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Connections Magazine

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Read the latest issue of Connections, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's quarterly e-magazine.

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CAED Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Students present Paradise final presentation.

Learn more about the CAED's Diversity Plan and Overview.

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Giving to the CAED

Learn how to support Learn by Doing at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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Hearst Lecture Series

The CAED Fall 2023 Hearst Lecture Series features Brian Messana on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 4:30pm PST at the Business Rotunda (03-213).

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