February 12, 2016

Contact: Brenda Flood

Public Invited to View Cal Poly Architecture Student Exhibitions at National Conference

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design will host the 32nd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) from Feb. 25 to 27. During the conference, the public is invited to visit the college to view student work from multiple departments, which will be on display in numerous locations.

The free exhibitions are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will showcase projects in various campus galleries including the the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34) and the Berg Gallery and Main Lobby Gallery in the Architecture Building (No. 5).

An additional interactive outdoor display from Feb. 26 to 28 will highlight first-year students’ paraSITE projects, which will be temporarily attached to the exterior of Building 5. The paraSITE project is a Learn by Doing collaboration involving architecture and architectural engineering students. More than 70 teams are designing large parasitic attachments to the building, offering students the opportunity to investigate and construct structures at the human scale.

NCBDS is a scholarly gathering of educators from all design disciplines interested in beginning design instruction and curricula. The conference provides a forum for design educators to present papers and projects and hold discussions related to introductory design teaching.

Faculty from all over the world have registered to attend the NCBDS Conference at Cal Poly. The theme of this year’s conference is “1:1,” encompassing both 1:1 scale making and a 1:1 engagement with design and learning processes.

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