The College of Environmental Design is dedicated to the pursuit of the design professions as a human imperative. Its programs are distinguished by a strong interdisciplinary course of instruction combined with a hands-on approach to the educational process. Excellence in design, enhanced by social and environmental concerns, is the basis of the curriculum as well as the measure of the faculty and programs. The College remains committed to the “learn by doing” polytechnic approach to education, which links theory to practice. Consequently, ENV graduates are recognized by business and industry for their superior preparation to enter the workforce.
The College has approximately 1,800 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning; undergraduate degrees in Art and Graphic Design; and a graduate degree in Regenerative Studies. It is organized in four departments, plus an interdisciplinary research center:
- Department of Architecture
- Department of Art
- Department of Landscape Architecture
- Department of Urban and Regional Planning
- Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
The College also manages the operations of the permanent Art Gallery, and maintains an Alumni Portal making connections for its graduates:
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the new website for the College of Environmental Design!
We aim to educate the next generation of architects, graphic designers, landscape architects, and urban planners – people who will strive to change the world, or at least their part of the world – using the “learn by doing” philosophy for which Cal Poly Pomona is well-known.
A design school with such lofty ambitions deserves a website which fully exploits the creative and interactive capabilities of a website. In the early 21st century, our website will be our primary means of communication with students, faculty, alumni, employers, donors, and especially prospective applicants who want to learn more about ENV’s learning community.
The old ENV website fell far short of our aspirations to be state-of-the-art. We are proud to present the new ENV website which is designed to provide you with a user-friendly, highly legible and interactive launching pad for showing your work, telling your stories, and making the creative connections which are possible in the world of environmental design.
I want to give special thanks to:
- ENV faculty, students, and staff for their cooperation and patience
- President Soraya M. Coley and Provost Sylvia A. Alva
- Cal Poly Pomona’s IT Division
- Squared Design Lab for its leadership and professionalism turning our ideas into web reality
- Our alumna Juliana Terian (Architecture ’80) whose generosity made the web design consultancy and external web hosting possible.
Now that the new website is up, the process of populating the webpages and updating content from the old website will continue during the summer. Training for faculty, staff, and students using the new Drupal content management system will be offered during the summer and fall.
After four years of hard work, innumerable meetings and email messages, contention and occasional strife, we’ve reached this long-awaited threshold of launching the new ENV website. We sometimes tell our students that real change is never easy. I think that, in this case, the outcome was well worth it.
College of Environmental Design
Cal Poly Pomona
P.S. I’d welcome your reactions to the website. Please send me your thoughts via email to Michael Woo
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.