2017 ENV Festival

Throughout October and November, the College of Environmental Design is organizing a series of events to collectively demonstrate to the world the diversity of issues and enterprises that highlight the work and interests of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Thursday, Oct. 19, noon to 2 p.m.: â€œFrancis Dean and the Art of Modern Landscape Architecture.” ENV Exhibition Preview. Learn about the founding partner of Eckbo Dean, Austin & Williams. An exhibition preview with a curator’s lecture will be held in the Grand Meeting Room, third floor, University Library. An exhibition tour will follow in the Don B. Huntley Gallery.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Dean Michael Woo’s tour of Hollywood. Dean Woo will lead a walking tour of Hollywood, starting with the Hollywood Farmers Market, now the largest certified farmers market in the City of Los Angeles. Woo helped to co-found the market in 1991. The tour will include other environmental design-related locations such as the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line station, Amoeba Music, historic preservation sites, and affordable housing complexes. Woo, who was the first urban planner elected to the Los Angeles City Council, initiated the Hollywood redevelopment plan that underlies Hollywood’s current revitalization. The tour is tentatively set to start at 9:30 a.m. at Selma and Ivar avenues. The $20 per person charge will pay for scrip that can be used to buy lunch and produce from the Hollywood Farmers Market.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.: ENV Admissions Outreach Breakfast. The College of Environmental Design welcomes high school and community college teachers and counselors invited to learn about exciting opportunities for their students in the environmental design fields.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: ENV Open House. High school and community college students interested in careers in environmental design can attend an open house and learn about ENV undergraduate programs and meet faculty members and current students. 

Thursday, Oct. 26, noon to 1 p.m.: “The Dance of Idealism and Realism in the Environmental Design Disciplines.” Urban and regional planning Professor Richard Willson will host a workshop inspired by his latest book, A Guide for the Idealist. A longtime mentor to urban planning students and young planning professionals, Willson tackles early practice and career "launching" issues: Being right, avoiding wrong, navigating managers, organizations and teams, working with mentors, and understanding the career journey, and calls on planners to reflect on what they are doing as they are doing it.  Bldg. 7, Room 203.

Monday, Oct. 30, noon: Aratani Japanese Garden Tour. The garden, which is adjacent to the CLA building in the heart of the campus, is familiar to current and former students, faculty and staff. But few know the full story behind this idyllic spot and the philosophy behind the design. Join Keiji Uesugi, a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, for a one-hour walk through the Garden. He worked on the design of the garden with his late father, Takeo Uesugi, professor emeritus in the Department of Landscape Architecture. RSVP to

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.: Storytelling Through Design. Attend an interdisciplinary panel discussing the ways in which the design disciplines shape and tell a narrative. Speakers include ENV alumnus Bob Weis (president of Walt Disney Imagineering), Frank Clementi (Rios Clementi Hale Studios), Professor Rennie Tang (Department of Landscape Architecture), Professor Ray Kampf (Department of Art), Walt Disney Imagineering animators and writers, and other leading design practitioners. Building 7 Atrium.

Thursday, Nov. 2, noon to 1 p.m.: The Dynamics of Planners, Developers, and Architects in Reality. Real estate developer Gustavo A. Durán (’71, urban and regional planning), president of GD Realty Investments, gives a presentation and takes questions at a brown-bag lunch at the Building 7 Atrium.

Friday, Nov. 3, 12:15 p.m.: CLA Tour. The ephemera and mythology of the Antoine Predock-designed CLA building will be addressed by architecture Professor Kip Dickson, who was here when the building was conceived, designed, built and inhabited. Meet for the tour at the bottom of the CLA building steps facing the construction site. RSVP to

Monday, Nov. 6, noon: Careers in Resilient Design. ENV alumnus Bruce Arita, forensic architect at Thornton Tomasei, has been in the thick of disaster-related crises including Hurricane Sandy and hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Meet Arita at a brown-bag lunch on campus and learn about the potential for careers in resilient design. Building 7 ENV Gallery.

Tuesday, Nov. 7: Noir LA 2017: ENV All-Night Bus Tour. Dean Woo will lead the second annual all-night tour of downtown Los Angeles. Bus to depart Cal Poly Pomona campus at 10:30 p.m. and return by dawn the next day.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 4 to 6 p.m.: Designing & Planning the Barrio: A Conversation with Frank Villalobos and Dr. Alvaro Huerta. Frank Villalobos (’70, architecture), president of Barrio Planners in East Los Angeles, comes back to ENV for a dialogue with Assistant Professor Alvaro Huerta who holds a joint appointment in the departments of urban and regional planning and ethnic and women’s studies. Building 7 Atrium.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: ENV @ Gensler. The Los Angeles office of Gensler, the nation’s top revenue-generating architecture firm, is co-led by two Cal Poly Pomona architecture alumni and employs many ENV graduates. Current architecture majors and other ENV students are welcome at the Gensler office in downtown Los Angeles to meet ENV alumni who work for Gensler and hear about projects they are working on. Attendance is limited to 30. Parking not validated; participants should carpool or take public transportation. RSVP required; contact Zaira Hernandez, president, Cal Poly Pomona AIAS at; or AIAS events coordinator Vi Phan at

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Francis Dean Exhibition Reception and Panel Discussion. The reception will be held in the Grand Meeting Room, third floor, University Library. The panel will convene from 7:45 to 9 p.m. in the Don B. Huntley Gallery.

Friday, Nov. 17, 2-5 p.m.: Behind the scenes tour of JPL. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with visual strategist Dan Goods. The tour was arranged by Jenkins Shannon, ENV senior director of development. Space is limited to 20.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tour of Barnsdall Art Park and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery led by Cal Poly Pomona University Art Galleries Curator Michele Cairella-Fillmore. Attendees will have a chance to explore LAMAG’s “Condemned to be Modern,” an exhibition about buildings in Latin America. Bring a lunch and join Cairella-Fillmore for a picnic and tour of Barnsdall Art Park’s gardens and vistas, and a tour of the Hollyhock House. Meet outside entrance of LAMAG. To RSVP, please send your name and number of guests in your party to

Monday, Nov. 20: “Disruption and Design: How New Technologies and Energy Systems Will Change Architecture, Planning and the Future of Cities.” The symposium will address autonomous vehicles, new technologies and the advent of new energy systems with their implications for planning, architecture and cities. More details to follow.