“Positively 4th Street" at the Don B. Huntley Gallery: Professor Richard Willson from the department of urban and regional planning, together with renowned American essayist Lakewood Deputy City Manager D.J. Waldie and artist Roderick Smith, contemplate the identity and symbolism of LA's 4th Street Viaduct.
The College of Environmental Design (ENV) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning; undergraduate degrees in Art History and Graphic Design; and a minor and graduate degree in Regenerative Studies. It also manages operations of two permanent University Art Galleries, the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery and the Don B. Huntley Gallery.
Message from the Dean
With the beginning of the new academic year, we welcome the new freshmen, transfer, and graduate students to the ENV community. Whether you are starting out in architecture, art history, graphic design, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, or regenerative studies, we look forward to the energy, curiosity, and ideas you bring us.
You’ll be digging in to your own course of study. But I hope that your multi-tasking orientation also will enable you to see the world from an interdisciplinary perspective – to see not only the academic walls that separate the various disciplines but also the connections between the ENV disciplines. The connections are important because after you graduate, many of you will be working in interdisciplinary teams with professionals from other backgrounds. Solving real-life problems can require you to see the world from multiple perspectives and to work with people whose training or upbringing causes them to define reality very differently.
At the same time that we welcome you into the ENV community, we invite you to help us expand the pool of future applicants to the programs in our College. We’ll convene an open house for prospective applicants on Thursday, October 26. We hope that you’ll join us in talking to prospective applicants and their families about the experience of being a student here.
Also, coinciding with the official CSU application period from October 1 – November 30, we are hosting the ENV Festival, a series of events on campus and off, showcasing the wide range of activities and interests that characterize ENV faculty, students, staff, and alumni.
Most of the ENV Festival events will be free and open to the public (including, of course, ENV students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of their families). But I’d also like to call your attention to, and welcome your participation in, three events that I’m personally involved in organizing:
- On Sunday, October 22, starting at 9:30 a.m., I’ll lead a tour of the new Hollywood, starting with a taste of the Hollywood Farmers Market, that I helped to start 26 years ago when I was a young L.A. city councilman representing the Hollywood area trying to jump-start the redevelopment process in the former home of the entertainment industry. We’ll also walk to other nearby sites including the Hollywood and Vine Metro Red Line station, the Goldwyn Regional Branch Library designed by Frank Gehry, Amoeba Music, the ArcLight Cinema/Cinerama Dome, and other destinations that ENV students and other members of the ENV community should know. Tickets are $20 per person (including scrip for lunch and buying produce and other products from vendors at the farmers market).
- In early November, I’ll lead the second annual ENV all-night bus tour of downtown L.A. The goal is to show people who normally sleep at night the otherwise invisible aspects of big city life that help to explain what makes a city tick but which most people take for granted. I’m trying to arrange an all-new itinerary this year, but you can get a sense of what you’ll see by considering last year’s itinerary, which included visits to an art gallery, the emergency room at County-USC Medical Center, the Central Area Division HQ of LAPD (on Skid Row), the all-night construction site for the Downtown Regional Connector, and a wholesale produce company. A bus will depart from the Cal Poly Pomona campus to bring you downtown and will return to the campus before dawn. Because this tour requires chartering a bus, participants will be charged a fee to help defray the cost of the bus charter.
The tagline for the ENV Festival is: “Design the Future.” Because that’s what we do. Join us!
About Cal Poly Pomona
As one of only six polytechnic universities nationwide, the hallmark of Cal Poly Pomona is the learn-by-doing philosophy, directly stemming from its polytechnic mission. By blending theory and practice in all its disciplines, the University recognizes that students tackling classroom problems today will be the employees solving real-world problems tomorrow. Students are afforded opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on projects, collaborate with faculty members on research, and participate in valuable internships and service-learning programs.