Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

Richard Neutra Raphael Soriano California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design
TypePublic College
Space Grant[1]
EstablishedJanuary 1971 (1971-01)
Parent institution
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Academic affiliations
National Architectural Accrediting Board
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
DeanMichael Woo
Students1,632 (Fall 2001)
Location, ,

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 offers a Master of Interior Architecture, professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[2]

The Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design 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 design and planning programs at Cal Poly Pomona evolved from the undergraduate landscape architecture program that originally was part of the School of Agriculture.[3] 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".[4]

IDC (Interim Design Center)

In the summer of 2009 the university hired former Los Angeles City Councilman and 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, Building 13, and the Interim Design Center, a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) design studio building at the east end of the campus. Current[when?] plans are for a new Architecture Building adjacent to the Interim Design Center.


ENV First-Time Freshmen Profile [5]
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Average GPA
Average SAT
(out of 1600)


Design Intelligence Rankings (National)[6]
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[6] and was in the top 20 in the 2011 survey.[7] 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).[8] The program has been "impacted"[9] since its inception over 40 years ago,[10] 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.[11] By 2007 the department's acceptance rate was down to 9 percent, or 225 out of 2,551 applicants,[12] 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.[13] Prior to graduation students are required to complete a 500-hour internship under NCARB.[14]

Notable and influential 20th-century architects that have taught at the department include Richard Neutra,[15] Raphael Soriano[16] Craig Ellwood,[17] Richard Saul Wurman,[18] Thom Mayne,[19] James Pulliam[20] and Ray Kappe,[21] who together with Bernard Zimmerman founded the program in 1968.[21] After a falling out with university administrators, a group went on to form the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1972.[22] Past faculty include: Aaron Betsky, Michael Folonis, Hsin Ming Fung, Margaret Griffin.

Current[when?] Cal Poly Pomona tenured and tenure track Architecture faculty are: George Proctor (Chair), Sarah Lorenzen, 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[6]

According to the 2018 Design Intelligence rankings:

Art: Art History, Visual Communication Design, Studio Art

The Department of Art,founded in 1974 and originally housed in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences until 1992 under Dean Marvin Malecha, comprises (Art History, Visual Communication Design, Studio Art Minor, and Art History Minor) Cal Poly Pomona has accreditation through NASAD (The National Association of Art And Design). The BFA in Visual Communication Design is ranked top 20 in the nation, and top 10 in California, by Animation Career Review. The Department of Art is the only Department within the College of Environmental Design that offers degrees in two different disciplines, Art History, and Visual Communication Design, as well as two minors, Art History, and Studio Arts.

The first 4 year degree to be offered by the Department was a BA in Art with an Option in Fine Art, a BA in Art with an Option in Graphic Design, both in 1988. In 1999 a BA in Art with an Option in Art History was offered, later changed to a BA in Art History in 2012.

In 2004, the BA graphic design transitioned to a BFA in graphic Design, and then in 2015 transitioned to a BFA in Visual Communication Design.

In 2012, the University closed the BA in Art with an Option in Fine Art.

As of August, 2020, the Department of Art has 579 majors, between the disciplines, making Visual Communication Design, the largest 4 year degree in the College of Environmental Design, with 522 majors.

Student demographics

As of August, 2020, the Department of Art has 579 majors. Of those majors, 283 are Hispanic/Latino (any race), 177 are Asian, 60 are White Only, 26 are Two or More Races, 15 are Black/African American, 2 are Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 2 are American Indian/ Alaskan Native.

Department of Art, Art History, Visual Communication Design Faculty The Department Chair is Associate Professor Anthony Acock, MFA (2019-present), preceded by Associate Professor Melissa Flicker, MFA (2018-2019) preceded by Professor Kampf, MFA (2013-2017), preceded by Professor Dr. Chari Pradel, PhD (2015), preceded by Professor Sarah Meyer, MFA (2011-2015) preceded by Professor Babette Mayor, MFA (2000-2011), preceded by Maren Henderson (1991-2000) preceded by Charles Fredrick (1989-1990) preceded by Joe Hannibal (1980-1985) preceded by Yoram Makow (1985-1989) preceded by Diane Divelbess, preceded by Karly Winchell, and preceded by the first Department Chair, Professor Emeritus Walter Glaser.

As of August, 2020, the Department of Art full-time, and tenure track faculty include: Associate Professor, Chair, Anthony Acock, MFA, Professor David Hylton, MFA, Professor Ray Kampf, MFA, Professor Yachin Lee, MFA, Professor Emeritus Babette Mayor, MFA, Professor Sarah Meyer, MFA, Assistant Professor Kevin Moore, MFA, Professor Dr. Alison Pearlman, PhD, Professor Emeritus Dr. Chari Pradel, PhD, Associate Professor Melissa Flicker, MFA, Associate Professor Dr. Karlyn Griffith, PhD, Associate Professor Sooyun Im, MFA. The Department of Art has two office administrators, Ms. Patricia Martinez, Administrative Coordinator, and Ms. Lydia Martinez, Administrative Support Assistant. Former Adimistrative staff inclue; Lauren Corona, Marti Blick, Laura Rodriguez, and Vickie Morris.

Visual Communication Design, BFA

“The Visual Communication Design program’s primary mission Is teaching excellence iand program quality. As part of the College of Environmental Design, the program is dedicated to challenging students with an awareness of the environmental, social, and ethical issues facing today’s society. The program is committed to tacking students about these issues through various projects and topic studios.

Furthermore, the educators of the Visual Communication Design program are committed to:

  1. Building a foundation of creativity to support self-expression and individual intellectual development while meeting career goals and curriculum structure for a competitive student body.
  2. Creating an awareness of the cultural diversity reflected in the learning experience and pedagogy.
  3. Fostering a global awareness that includes environmental, social, and ethical issues.
  4. Promoting a sense of community beyond the immediate creative environment.
  5. Creating a broad base of knowledge to support conceptual and technological developments."

Art History, BA

The Art History BA is the only dedicated 4 year Art History Degree in the California State University System. The Art History program at Cal Poly Pomona has two dedicated full time faculty members, Dr. Alison Pearlman, and Dr. Karlyn Griffith.

Notable Alumni: Jorge Andrade– Associate Director of Design at The Many, Samantha Cabrera– Associate Director of UX at AMP Agency, and President of AIGA Los Angeles, Phillip Kauffman– Creative Director, Innovation & Marketing at Monster Energy Ming Tai– Director of Motion Design, Graphic Design and Illustration at ArtCenter College of Design, and Danielle Takata– Owner of DreamBox Creations, Eddie Chai, Chief Creative Director at Substance Media .

The Orange Room, an Active Learn Center, in Building 13
The Green Room, an Active Learn Center, in Building 13
The Motion Lab in Building 13
The Student Lounge for Art History and Visual Communication Design students.
Building 13, the Art Department Building at Cal Poly Pomona.
Graffiti on the exterior of Building 13.

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.[6] 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.[13]

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.[13] 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


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