What is Environmental Design?
Environmental design studies the relationships we have with the built and natural environments, and the ways human interactions affect the surrounding environment. We encounter expressions of environmental design in our daily lives: the buildings in which we dwell; the green spaces we enjoy; the cities and roads we traverse; and forms of visual design that translate and deliver complex ideas.
The College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning; undergraduate degrees in art history and visual communication 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.
ENV uses the rich creative economy and cultural capital of Southern California – and its geographical advantage as a global gateway for trade and ideas – to prepare students for successful careers. We educate and train future designers to be problem-solvers who are socially conscious and environmentally aware, concerned with craft and justice, and technically and technologically sophisticated. The strength of our programs are consistently reflected in national rankings.
The College is open for virtual/remote services in Spring 2021. See the ENV Master Directory to connect with a department and to learn the status of services and facilities.
EVENT | Caltrans Director Virtual Public Lecture
California's Commitment to an Equitable and Environmentally Responsive Transportation System: A Virtual Public Lecture by Toks Omishakin
Toks Omishakin, director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), will give a virtual public lecture and host a Q&A session on Feb. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (PST).
The event is co-hosted by the College of Environmental Design and the College of Engineering. After the lecture, the audience is invited to engage in a Q&A session moderated by Danny Wu, Executive Director of Planning and Transportation at Cal Poly Pomona. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
Appointed in October 2019, Omishakin manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 21,000 employees. His transportation vision for California features a safe, sustainable and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. He believes that transformative innovation will be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and a 40% reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 2030.
ENV Emergency Assistance Program
To address the unforeseen hardship that students face in their academic, professional and personal lives caused by COVID-19, the College has established the ENV Emergency Assistance Program, which awards deserving students a one-time $500 stipend. To qualify, they must be enrolled in a major within ENV during the academic year the application is filed and be able to demonstrate an urgent financial need with documentation. Learn more about the program here.
ENV Brochure + Virtual Tour
Design the future at the College of Environmental Design
Thank you for your interest in the College of Environmental Design! This virtual brochure will help prospective and newly admitted freshmen, transfer students, and their families to discover our rich polytechnic identity and learn-by-doing philosophy.