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Winter Connections

Greetings CAED Community,   

I am proud to share our winter issue of Connections Quarterly.  

Please join me in celebrating the landscape architecture and architecture programs for hosting the Xtreme LA Challenge: Morro Bay and the AIA California Design Awards, the Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition and Exhibition celebrating 20 years, Cal Poly teams making 11-wins history at the ASC Regions 6 & 7 Student Competition and the recent completion of PolyCAP 2.0.

Catch up on alumni updates, including our college-honored alumna and a special architectural engineering alumna spotlight. Lastly, don't miss the 2024 landscape architecture senior show on March 16.

Thank you for your continued support of our college and our outstanding students. It truly makes a difference. 


Kevin Dong
Interim Dean, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 

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In this Issue...

Landscape Architecture Hosts 2024 Xtreme LA Challenge

For the first time in its history, Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture (LA) Department partnered with Landscape Forms to organize the 2024 Xtreme LA Challenge, focusing on the lands in Morro Bay, California. 

AIA California Design Awards Come to Cal Poly

On Nov. 17, for the first time in its history, the California chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA California) came to Cal Poly to hold its annual design awards and meet with students.

Vellum Furniture Show Marks 20 Years

Over 200 pieces of original Cal Poly student work were on display in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo on Nov. 3 and 4 at the 20th Vellum Design Build and College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Annual Furniture Competition Exhibition.

Looking Toward Cal Poly’s Climate Future

City and Regional Planning Professor Adrienne Greve and a team of three CRP Master students recently completed a brand-new climate action plan (CAP) for Cal Poly’s campus. 

Cal Poly Students Make History at ASC Regions 6 and 7 Student Competition

With 233 teams comprising 1,742 students competing from 55 universities across 22 states, Cal Poly took home 3x as many awards as any of the top 6 award winners. 

Experience Landscape Architecture’s ‘Studio in the Wild’

The Landscape Architecture (LA) Department will host their annual Senior Show on Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cal Poly (Bldg. 156, Rm 110). 

Alumni Spotlight: 2023 Hangai Prize Recipient

The Hangai Prize recognizes exceptional contributions to the honoree’s field and promotes innovation and excellence.   

Meet CAED’s 2023 Honored Alumna

Vicki graduated from Cal Poly with the landscape architecture class of 1975 as a transfer student who came to Cal Poly with an AA in Architecture from San Diego Mesa College. 

Alumni Updates

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