The College of Architecture and Environmental Design offers students a broad range of extra-curricular activities that provide a social network between students, a career network with industry and alumni, and volunteer opportunities to become better acquainted with peers, faculty, staff, and the local community. To enhance the success of your educational experience, we have listed the clubs so you may contact them for more information. Clubs are listed alphabetically by university, college, and department.
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Associated Students Inc. (ASI)
The Board of Directors serves as the official voice of Cal Poly students. Board members are elected from each college. The 24 student representatives provide oversight for ASI corporate activity, voice student viewpoints, and act upon the opinions and concerns of students.
CAED Ambassadors Leadership Program
The CAED Ambassadors, founded in 2002, facilitates communication between students, faculty, alumni, the industry, and other individuals interested in the college. The ambassadors aid in CAED-sponsored events and serve as consultants for the CAED student body. Our goal is to encourage interdisciplinary activities and to build a reputation of being a reliable resource for the college. We are available to assist with college events such as meetings, conferences and college tours. New member candidates are invited to apply with a letter of reference.
If you have a general question to ask the ambassadors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to contact a specific ambassador, enter the ambassador's name in the email subject.
CAED Student Council
Student Council membership comprises student representatives from student clubs and students in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The Council meets weekly to promote interaction and coordination among the clubs and organizations, to exchange ideas, mutual interests and activities. The Council also presents ideas, opinions, and concerns to the administration, the faculty of the College, ASI, and university. If you are interested in becoming involved or have questions regarding Student Council, please email email@example.com.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/caedstudentcouncil
CAED Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
The purpose of this organization is to advocate for the needs of minority and underrepresented students within CAED by increasing representation and active participation in college affairs. To get involved, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction Specifications Institute Student Club (CSI) or CSI Student Club
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a professional organization comprised of a cross-section of architects, contractors, engineers, specifiers, material suppliers, and more. There are 146 chapters and more than 15,000 members.
CSI uses the diversity of its members to exchange knowledge and to help advance the process of creating and sustaining the built environment. The formats created by CSI are used as the standard for organizing and communicating information in the construction industry.
The Cal Poly chapter of CSI was founded in 1970 by a group of architecture students under the guidance of architect and professor, Jack Lewis. Lewis was a former CSI President and started the organization to allow Cal Poly students access to the diverse wealth of knowledge CSI offers.
The Neel Resources Center (NRC), located in the architecture building, was started by the Cal Poly CSI chapter in 1970. Run by students and Fresno Chapter volunteers, the "CSI Library" was used to help students find plans, specifications, product information, and material samples for design projects and writing specifications.
At Cal Poly, we bring in product representatives and speakers to discuss new technology and issues concerning the construction industry. Cal Poly CSI also provides tours of buildings on campus as well as of local firms. There are plenty of networking and traveling opportunities as well — we’re always fundraising to send our members to the West Region Conferences and the annual CSI Convention.
Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)
The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America is founded on the principles of integration and collaboration between all the related disciplines of the Built Environment. Regardless of major, year, previous experience, or background, everyone's voice has equal value at our table.
Our primary goal is to increase communication (between all students of all years and all majors in the CAED and other related departments). We have many goals and can see this club being a part of many exciting things. Still, before ANY of that can happen we need to go back to the basics, and we all know that the most fundamental thing we can do is establish working relationships between all those in the CAED.
We envision this club to be shaped entirely and purposed for and by the people who decide to give us their time. We have ideas for events, field trips, accreditation, competitions, etc., but none of that will come to fruition without the support of a solid student base, including you.
If you think integration is fascinating, want to understand all sides of the Built Environment, or want to know what the Built Environment is, then this club will be worth your time!
The Design Village Club is responsible for designing, planning, and hosting the Design Village Competition. This annual competition, open to all Cal Poly students and competitors from other academic institutions, is held during Open House weekend in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's outdoor Experimental Structures Laboratory in Poly Canyon. The Design Village Competition has a long history and has become one of the year's most anticipated events for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. True to our College's long-standing educational emphasis on hands-on, project-based learning, competitors work in teams to design and build inhabitable structures within the canyon, which they then occupy throughout Cal Poly's Open House weekend.
Emerging Professionals of the US Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC Emerging Professionals are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement. The program is geared toward individuals out of school and under 30, but does not exclude anyone who may be interested. USGBC Emerging Professionals seek to engage all interested in learning about and advocating for sustainable building practices. So who are Emerging Professionals? Certainly many are young architects and engineers, but they also include young lawyers, education and healthcare professionals, sustainability consultants, and anyone else interested in the future of green building.
Future of Real Estate (FRE) (OCOB & CAED)
The Future of Real Estate, is a university-wide, multi-disciplinary organization that offers students a venue to learn from experts in the real estate arena. Through guest speakers, field trips, and real-life experience, students gain knowledge that they apply to coursework, professions, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, FRE provides premier employment and internship opportunities to members in the real estate field.
Architectural Engineering Clubs
Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
SEAOC provides students with exposure to the world of structural engineering in California through guest speakers, field trips, a day-long job seminar called Structural Forum, membership in a professional organization, and contact with employers. SEAOC is the only structural engineering-based club in the CAED. SEAOC also offers a Big/Little Sibling program.
Cal Poly SEAOC Chapter Web Page
Structural Engineering Students for Humanity (SESH)
This year SESH comprises 15 Architectural Engineering students and one faculty advisor, with a collective mission to aid communities affected by natural disasters through humanitarian structural engineering.
SESH strives to experience first-hand the effects of poorly designed buildings in seismically active areas, to gain knowledge on building methods and building materials in another region of the world, and to incorporate learned engineering and construction practices outside of the classroom in a place recently affected by disaster. We aim to connect with the local people and communities through the built environment.
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) (ARCE & CENG)
The Society of Women Engineers of Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo strives to provide a voice for women that will encourage them to achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders. Our mission is to create engineering opportunities, provide career and scholastic resources, and demonstrate the value of teamwork to all students of this university and the community.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is a National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the allied arts since 1914. The APX promotes the profession of architecture by encouraging students to excel and to be strong leaders and designers in the profession.
Alpha Rho Chi local web info
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
The AIAS is the country's largest organization for architecture students, providing the best programs, information and resources available. The AIAS is the student affiliate of the AIA and your link to architecture and environmental design professionals. The mission of AIAS is to promote excellence in architecture education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize architecture students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.
AIAS web info
AIAS Email: email@example.com
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
NOMAS is the student branch of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). NOMA aims to champion diversity within the design profession by promoting its professional and student members' excellence, community engagement, and professional development. NOMA is about opportunity – members become part of a network of over 500+ professionals and over 50 student chapters nationwide. This extensive network allows members to network and develop crucial professional relationships. The mentorship and support openly shared between the professional members and students are truly unique and often lead to internships and full-time employment opportunities upon graduation.
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tau Sigma Delta (TSD)
The Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts is the only national honor society accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies for architecture and design majors.
The Society recognizes intellectual achievement, effort, initiative, leadership, and character. This membership acknowledges undergraduate and graduate students with high academic standing.
The organization also honors practitioners in the field for excellence in design with the national organization’s Gold Medal Award, which is presented each spring at the ACSA Annual Meeting. Individual chapters award the Silver Medal to a Professional with a record of distinction in design. The Bronze Medal Award is presented to students who have distinguished themselves in design, and is elected by the student membership of the chapter.
City & Regional Planning Clubs
Associated Students in Planning (ASP)
The Associated Students in Planning Club seeks to broaden the relationship between students interested in planning and the practitioners, professional organizations, and fellow students currently interested in planning. This includes expanding the network of students to prepare them for a career in planning. The club is open to ALL majors interested in planning (environmental, economic, transportation, urban design, etc...), with a particular focus on students of the CAED. Club meetings include professional skill-building workshops, club trips and events, guest speakers, and socials.
General email: email@example.com
Dr. Kelly Main
Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA)
The Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) is a graduate student organization based out of the Masters of City Regional Planning Department. We are a registered student organization under the University's Associated Students Inc. and the American Planning Association (APA). The GPSA aims to explore, promote, and support academic understanding, professional development, and the overall advancement of city and regional planning.
Cal Poly Urbanists Club (CPU)
Cal Poly Urbanists is a student-led city planning activist club dedicated to improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on campus and in SLO. We are looking to promote the real-world application of planning principles in order to empower students to enact the change they wish to seek. We emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion as inseparable from the planning process and practice thorough community engagement through our activism. CPU is open to all majors.
Find us on social media
CPU email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CPU President email: email@example.com
Construction Management Clubs
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
Associated General Contractors, or AGC, is a professional national organization for construction managers. Here at Cal Poly, we are supported locally by AGC Tri-Counties; within these clubs, we host annual conferences, golf tournaments, monthly dinners, and scholarships. At these events, CM professionals can educate and meet students interested in the Construction Industry to grow their social network.
American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
The American Society of Professional Estimators serves construction estimators by providing education, fellowship, and professional development opportunities. Education, Ethics, Standards, Certification, Fellowship… these lead to the ultimate goal of Professionalism. We think you’ll agree... If all estimators were more professional, the budget and other problems of the construction industry would be significantly reduced.
Associated Students of Construction Management (ASCM)
The ASCM allows students to learn and be involved in construction management, network and develop relationships with potential employers, and meet fellow students. The student chapter upholds the ideals and standards of two sponsoring organizations - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) - and share the same principles of skill, integrity, honor, and responsibility.
Building Informational Modeling (BIM)
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. BIM comprises various computer programs that can be applied to building design, construction, and management. Building Information Modeling is the future of the construction industry. The Cal Poly BIM Club would like to offer BIM advocates a place to hone their skills in preparation for the industry and develop a network of relationships with other interested students.
Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
CMAA is North America's only organization dedicated exclusively to professional construction and program management interests. The mission of CMAA is to promote and enhance leadership, professionalism, and excellence in managing the development and construction of projects and programs. CMAA is leading the growth and acceptance of construction management as a professional discipline that can add significant value to the entire construction process, from conception to ongoing operation. Membership in CMAA includes owners, engineers, architects, contractors, educators, students...everyone with a stake in the construction industry's success.
Do you want to start your own business one day, develop a new product, construction material, or computer application? If you are interested in anything entrepreneurial related or interdisciplinary, consider joining the CM-Entrepreneurs club. You may have a business idea already in mind or you may be inclined to explore an entrepreneurial endeavor. Most new businesses do not start with the right idea, they start with the right person. As a club, we can offer assistance, connections, mentorship, advice, and access to various support mechanisms.
Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) is a vibrant, growing association of approximately 2,300 mechanical, plumbing, and service contractors. Members enjoy MCAA's outstanding education programs, an expanding catalog of resources to help them manage and grow their businesses, periodicals and a web site to keep them informed and connected, and business services to save them money. MCAA's student chapter program allows students to learn about the industry by attending regular meetings with their MCAA local affiliate sponsors, taking field trips to various job sites and facilities, working together on volunteer projects, participating in fundraising events, and more.
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
Student chapters are intended to introduce young members to the world of electrical contracting by exposing students to industry-related educational programs and helping arrange internships with local NECA-member contractors and field trips to NECA contractor's office and work sites. There are 21 student chapters nationwide.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter
The NAHB Student Chapters program is dedicated to enriching students' educational experience by offering them first-hand exposure to the real world of the residential building industry through NAHB membership, educational programming, and networking opportunities.
Stacy Ann Kolegraff
Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC)
The purpose of Sigma Lambda Chi is to recognize outstanding students in construction. Objectives include rendering service to the construction field, developing good relations among academia, industry, and the public, and recognizing outstanding professionals in construction and allied fields.
Women in Construction (CPWIC)
Cal Poly Women in Construction (CPWIC) is a club dedicated to empowering and encouraging women through mentorship, youth outreach, and industry support.
The club is open to both men and women with this common goal.
Stacy Ann Kolegraff
Landscape Architecture Clubs
The National Association of Minority Landscape Architects (NAMLA)
The National Association of Minority Landscape Architects strives to increase minority representation at all landscape architecture practice and academia levels. Through the Cal Poly SLO NAMLA student chapter, our mission is to create a collaborative space for students to share ideas and create a community regarding topics pertaining to minorities in the landscape architecture field. Activities within the club include watching lecture series, holding discussions, and speaking to minority alumni. While this club focuses on minorities, membership is open to all students.
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCASLA)
The ASLA student chapter is a student organization that is affiliated with the American Society of Landscape Architects. Our mission is to promote education, community involvement, student activities, a sense of spirit and pride, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. ASLA involvement is extensive -- from community clean-ups, Habitats for Humanity, Open House activities, garden show exhibits, national professional and student conference participation, interdisciplinary activities, and inviting guest speakers to share their knowledge.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2212662866/
General email: email@example.com
Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society - Theta Chapter (SLA)
This National Honor Society for Landscape Architecture students invites those with a 3.5 GPA or higher for membership. The activities of the Cal Poly SLO Theta Chapter are geared toward academic and professional development, such as inviting outside professionals to come in for reviews of projects or lectures. Overall, Chapter members try to encourage students to perform well and inspire them toward the professional world of landscape architecture.
Academic and travel scholarships are also available to members of Sigma Lambda Alpha. Please contact Miran Day, Sigma Lambda Alpha advisor to receive an application packet.