Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

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Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design
Type Public College
Space Grant[1]
Established January 1971 (1971-01)
Parent institution
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Academic affiliations
National Architectural Accrediting Board
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Dean Michael Woo
Students 1,632 (Fall 2001)
Undergraduates 1,480
Postgraduates 152
Location Pomona, California, U.S.

The Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design (CENV) is a college part of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). The college houses over 1,600 students; making it one of largest environmental design programs in the United States. The college offers bachelor's degrees in five departments, as well as three master's degree programs. It is the only academic unit within the California State University system to be associated with a Pritzker Prize laureate (often referred to as "The Nobel Prize in Architecture").


College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona

The planning programs at Cal Poly Pomona evolved from the undergraduate landscape architecture program that originally was part of the School of Agriculture.[2] After approval of the creation of a new School of Environmental Design, the landscape and urban planning programs moved into their current building in January 1971. The Department of Urban Planning was created and soon after a Department of Architecture. Department of Urban Planning was renamed "Department of Urban and Regional Planning" in 1983 to reflect an expanded program. The School was renamed the "College of Environmental Design" in 1988. The Department of Art was transferred to Environmental Design from the College of Arts in 1992.

In 1978, the College was briefly led by Richard Saul Wurman, founder of the TED (conference) and given credit for coining the term "information architect".[3]

IDC (Interim Design Center)

In the summer of 2009 the University hired former Los Angeles City Councilman and current member of the Planning Commission Michael Woo to serve as Dean of the college.

The college is housed in several buildings around campus including Building 7, designed by modernist architect Carl Maston, and the IDC (Interim Design Center), a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) design studio building at the east end of the campus. Current plans are for a new Architecture Building adjacent to the IDC (Interim Design Center).


ENV First-Time Freshmen Profile [4]
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Average GPA
Average SAT
(out of 1600)


Design Intelligence Rankings (National)[5]
Architecture Undergraduate
Landscape Architecture Undergraduate
Landscape Architecture Graduate
Interior Architecture Graduate

Academic programs and departments


The Department of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Two programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The undergraduate program was ranked 16th nationally in the 2014 edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" published by the journal DesignIntelligence[5] and was in the top 20 in the 2011 survey.[6] In 2009, the program was named one of three schools in the nation that excel in sustainable design by Arch Ed 2009 published by Architecture (magazine).[7] The program has been "impacted"[8] since its inception over 40 years ago,[9] with many more students applying than can be accommodated. In 2002 the department admitted 15 percent of undergraduate applicants making it the 5th most selective Bachelor of Architecture program in the country.[10] By 2007 the department's acceptance rate was down to 9 percent, or 225 out of 2,551 applicants,[11] of which 100 enrolled.

Due to the design studio based structure of the program, the student to faculty ratio is a relatively low 17 to 1.[12] Prior to graduation students are required to complete a 500-hour internship under NCARB.[13]

Notable and influential 20th-century architects that have taught at the department include Richard Neutra,[14] Raphael Soriano[15] Craig Ellwood,[16] Richard Saul Wurman,[17] Thom Mayne,[18]James Pulliam[19] and Ray Kappe,[20] who together with Bernard Zimmerman founded the program in 1968.[20] After a falling out with university administrators, a group went on to form the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972.[21] Past faculty include: Aaron Betsky, Michael Folonis, Hsin Ming Fung, Margaret Griffin.

Current Cal Poly Pomona Tenured and Tenure Track Architecture Faculty are: George Proctor (Chair), Sarah Lorenzen (Associate Chair), Kip Dickson (Grad Coordinator), Robert Alexander, Lauren Bricker, Michael Fox, Luis Hoyos, Pablo La Roche, Juintow Lin, Alexander Ortenberg, Irma Ramirez, Axel Schmitzberger, Marc Schulitz, Katrin Terstegen, and Hofu Wu.

Architecture Undergraduate Admissions

Avg. GPA Avg. SAT/1,600 Avg. ACT

Undergraduate demographics

Minority Female International Financial Aid

Student - faculty ratio

Student/Faculty ratio

Architecture Rankings[24]

According to the 2018 Design Intelligence rankings:

  • Top 25 Undergraduate Programs in the United States: No. 12 Nationally
  • Top 10 Interior Design Program in the United States: No. 8 Nationally
  • Top Ten Program in Project Planning & Management in the United States: No. 7 Nationally
  • Top Ten Program in Construction methods and Materials in the United States: No. 6 Nationally
  • Top Ten Program in Practice Management in the United States: No. 5 Nationally
  • Top Ten Program in Sustainable Design Practices & Principles in the United States: No. 10 Nationally
  • Top Ten Program in Healthy Environments in the United States: No. 8 Nationally
  • Top Ten Program in Engineering Fundamentals in the United States: No. 5 Nationally


The Art Department offers two majors: A B.F.A in Graphic Design, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a B.A. in Art History, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a minor in Art History is also offered through the B.A. program.

Landscape Architecture

The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) is a general professional degree, nationally accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The undergraduate and graduate program both ranked 10th nationally by DesignIntelligence 2014.[5] The department's students won 5 out of 20 awards[25] from the American Society of Landscape Architects student competition in 2008, more awards than Harvard and University of Pennsylvania. Longtime faculty member Takeo Uesugi designed the George and Takaye Aratani Japanese Garden adjacent to the CLA building on campus. In 2005, the college awarded Jack Dangermond, a department graduate and Forbes 400 richest persons in America, an honorary degree.[26] Due to the design studio based structure of the program, the student to faculty ratio is a relatively low 16 to 1.[12]

Urban and Regional Planning

The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning is designed for students interested in working with the critical issues of social, environmental, and physical change in cities and regions. Student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1.[12] In 2008, the program was ranked 21st in the nation for Best Urban & Regional Planning graduate program amongst all private and public schools, according to Planetizen,[27] an online publication for the urban planning, design and development community and 2nd best for programs without a Ph.D.[28]

Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

Located on 16 acres (65,000 m2) within the Cal Poly Pomona University campus, the Center researches and demonstrates a wide array of regenerative strategies including low-energy architecture, energy production technology, water treatment, organic agriculture, ecological restoration and sustainable community development. Up to 20 students can choose to reside in one of two dormitories on site. The center offers a Minor in Regenerative Studies and a Master of Science degree in Regenerative Studies. The center became the first carbon neutral facility in the California State University system.[29]

Special programs

Neutra VDL House


  1. ^ "California Space Grant Consortium Affiliates". California Space Grant Consortium. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  2. ^ Department of Urban and Regional Planning - Department History
  3. ^ Stipp, David (1997-06-23). "Richard Saul Wurman The King Of Access Q: What Do Bill Gates, Daniel Boorstin, Marvin Minsky, Horace Deets, Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Negroponte, Edward De Bono, And A Slew Of Other Elite Doers And Thinkers Have In Common? A: They're All Friends Of Ted". CNN.
  4. ^ "Just the Facts". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
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  7. ^ Amanda Kolson Hurley (2009). "A new guide to inform (and demystify) the process of choosing an architecture school". Architecture (magazine). Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  8. ^ Cal Poly Pomona - Impacted Majors Archived 2009-12-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ MESSAGE.pdf ENV 2008 Newsletter - Message from the Dean
  10. ^ Architectural Record - Guide to Architectural Education
  11. ^ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Peterson's
  12. ^ a b c Cal Poly Pomona Student to Faculty Ratio, Falls 2005-2008
  13. ^ Cal Poly Pomona Catalog 2008-2009 - College of Environmental Design
  14. ^ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Prioritization and Recovery Responses Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.
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  16. ^ Craig Ellwood, Neil Jackson, Laurence King Publishing, 2002
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  18. ^ San Diego Tribune, Innovator Picked for Top Architecture Prize, March 21st, 2005
  19. ^ a b Nelson, Valerie J. (2006-01-01). "James Pulliam, 80; Architect, Teacher Noted for Modernism". Los Angeles Times.
  20. ^ a b Residential Architect, Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
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  25. ^ ASLA 2008 Student Awards
  26. ^ "Alumnus Jack Dangermond to Earn Honorary Doctorate". PolyCentric. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
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  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
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  32. ^ Cal Poly Exchange Programs
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External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 34°03′26″N 117°49′38″W / 34.05722°N 117.82722°W / 34.05722; -117.82722

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