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Spring Connections

Greetings CAED Community,  

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

Please join me in celebrating: the CAED alumni behind the William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation, alumni leaders of professional associations, a design-build project using fire-salvaged redwood at Swanton Ranch, national awards for our students from the SOM Foundation and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and our commemoration of the 50th anniversary of our landscape architecture program. 

As we look forward to spring commencement and spending our last days on campus with this year’s graduating class, I wish to thank all our faculty, alumni and friends for your continued support of our college and our remarkable students. Graduates, congratulations on all your achievements at Cal Poly. I cannot wait to see the many ways you will shape the future of the built environment. 


Christine Theodoropoulos, Dean
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 

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In this Issue...

View from the “Christina Bailey Learning Terrace.”

CAED Alumni Behind Frost Center for Research and Innovation

On May 5, the Cal Poly community gathered to celebrate the dedication of its newest building. The William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation is a 102,000-square-foot interdisciplinary facility equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory and teaching spaces. 

Cal Poly students and faculty pose in Navajo Nation.

Cal Poly Alumni Rise to the Top

Interviews with a few of the college’s alumni shed light on the long-term value of a Cal Poly education. 

Award-winning design project 'Tomols'

Cal Poly Student Builds First Structure at Swanton Pacific Ranch Since CZU Lightning Complex Fire

Cal Poly architecture student Niles Wertz brought Learn by Doing north to Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County.   

V.E.S.T. Hackathon at work.

Cal Poly Architecture Student Wins SOM's Robert L. Wesley Award

Architecture student Kai Benjamin Parel-Sewell won the SOM Foundation’s Robert L. Wesley Award for his work over three years at Cal Poly.  

Cal Poly Landscape Architecture Student Wins LAF’s Olmsted Scholar Award

Cal Poly’s landscape architecture program continues to produce exceptional students dedicated to creating sustainable and socially impactful designs. Recently, Maryam Abutabikh earned the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s prestigious Olmsted Scholar Award.

A Look Back at Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Celebrating 50 Years 

Fifty years after the inception of the landscape architecture (LA) discipline at Cal Poly, core members of the LA program community gathered for a celebration in the Legacies Courtyard on campus. Alumni and emeriti faculty members from every decade since the 1960s were in attendance. 

Alumni Updates

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