Lyle Center 25th Anniversary

Lyle Center 25th Anniversary

The role of sustainability continues to evolve in the 21st century. Learn about the changing role of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Lyle Center 25th Anniversary logoLocated on 16 acres (6.5 ha) adjacent to the main Cal Poly Pomona University campus, the Center's academic and community initiatives are designed to bring together diverse groups of students, scholar-experts, policymakers and community members committed to a sustainable future. We believe this future is best achieved through the development of ecological, social and economic systems that regenerate, enabling communities to provide for the future as well as the present.

At the University Library: John T. Lyle Exhibit

 John T. Lyle Exhibition


The University Special Collections and Archives opens its vaults to reveal rare and never-before-seen artifacts and materials related to the founding director of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. The exhibition will be open to the public throughout the 2019-20 academic year. 

University Library (Building 15), 4th Floor (Room 4434)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Contact: Elizabeth Hernandez, Library Services Specialist,


Throughout October 2019, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies commemorated its 25th anniversary with a series of public programs:

Lyle Center 25th Anniversary logo- Experts Dialogue: The Future of Regenerative Design. A panel discussion featuring some of the nation's leading voices in sustainable design.
- Foraging Southern California. A lecture and book signing by lecturer and alumnus Douglas Kent.
- John T. Lyle and the Future of Regenerative Design. An exhibition of John T. Lyle's legacy as a pioneer in regenerative studies, curated by his daughter, artist Cybele Lyle at the Don B. Huntley Gallery.

Missed the festivities? Relive the program in the sections below.


In conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, John T. Lyle and the Future of Regenerative Design focused on understanding the work of landscape architect John T. Lyle as a pioneer in the field of regenerative design. 

Lyle Center 25th Anniversary logo

Curated by his daughter, artist Cybele Lyle, the exhibition explores four major spheres of Lyle's work that each played a unique role in expanding his own vision and understanding of the role of landscape architecture as part of larger regenerative-based living.

The first focuses on his work in regenerative design within his own local community, which includes Lyle's role in the landscape architecture graduate department and the 606 studios, as well as his biggest project – the Center for Regenerative Studies. The second sphere is that of the private residence where Lyle explored regenerative systems on a smaller, more controlled scale using his own garden and studio, and other projects such as the Francis Dean and Ron Quinn residences. The third is concerned with the outside communities, in which he took the ideas of the Center out into other parts of the country, working with different climates, geographies and communities on projects such as Oberlin College, AMERC and Shalom Hill. The fourth sphere examines the span of his career is the realm of travel and discourse, addressing the role of exchange of ideas and influences all over the world through talks, lectures and teaching abroad. The exhibition concludes by looking towards the future by examining the relevance of Lyle's work in today's conversations and challenges around the state of the environment.

Location: Don B. Huntley Gallery (4th Floor, University Library)
Opening Reception: Oct. 17, 5-8 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 17-Dec. 8

Missed the exhibition? Check out the yearlong exhibition celebrating John T. Lyle next door (Room 4434) organized by the University Special Collections Archives. The exhibit is open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


What is the legacy of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies? Campus leaders, elected officials and Lyle's confidants weigh on the Center's role in sustainability in the 21st century. 

Featuring interviews with:

  • Lyle Center 25th Anniversary logoHarriett Lyle, wife of John T. Lyle and supporter of the Lyle Center and the College of Environmental Design
  • Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D., President, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Sepehr Eskandari, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Pablo La Roche, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, Interim Director, Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
  • Steve Lustro ('93, urban and regional planning), City of Pomona Councilmember
  • Mark Von Wodtke, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona/President, Energy Harvester, Inc.
  • Eera Babtiwale, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Vice President of Sustainability at HMC Architects


The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is grateful that its journey to 25 years was in the company of the following companies and individual supporters:

HMC Designing Futures Foundation | OJB Landscape Architecture | Sam Francis Foundation | The Angell Foundation | Northrop Grumman | The Lyle Family Trust | Steve and Marian Dodge | Peter Francesco | Christine M. Kudija | Robert Novotny | Bob Perry | Jane Rands | Leslie Sperber Reid | Carol and Marvin Sawyer | Elizabeth Zangenberg