May 17, 2017

Contact: Ray Ladd
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Public Invited to View Exhibits by Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design Fifth-Year Graduating Students

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly fifth-year architecture and landscape architecture students will cap off a year of intensive research and design work by showcasing a broad spectrum of thesis projects to the public in late May and June.

Titled “ETC,” the 14th annual fifth-year architecture thesis exhibition will celebrate the passion that each student has for design, and serves as a pinnacle moment in their Cal Poly education.

The showcase — one of California’s largest student design and architecture exhibitions — is produced by graduating seniors in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The college offers the top programs of its kind on the West Coast.

Architecture students will display their projects May 27-28, followed by the landscape architecture students’ show June 9. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

ETC will feature the works of six independent thesis studios, with projects that feature a range of architectural issues including urban design and planning, community design, housing, industrial and furniture design, sustainability, and architectural theory.

Unique to this year’s exhibition, the entire show has been organized and planned by the Fifth-Year Student Committee. The committee of student delegates was formed to bolster the collective fifth-year experience and to promote awareness of the ongoing work of the respective thesis studios.

In addition, ETC will be the first thesis show to exhibit the work of students who have benefited from CalPoly’s revised freshman architecture curriculum, which was implemented in 2009.

An opening reception for ETC is set for 1 p.m. May 27, with the show running until 6 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium in the Julian A. McPhee University Union. The exhibition continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28.

The landscape architecture graduating class will hold its capstone showcase June 9. Titled “21,” the show reflects the creativity, dedication and talent of the senior studio class, with projects that include furniture and spatial designs and theoretical proposals in landscape architecture. The show will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the historic Jack House, 536 Marsh St. in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The university’s bachelor of architecture and landscape architecture programs have been ranked No. 1 on the West Coast and No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, nationwide in DesignIntelligence’s latest survey of the country’s top 20 architecture and design schools.

For additional information about ETC, visit

During the exhibitions, representatives can be reached at: 

Doug Jackson, Architecture Faculty Advisor, 310-227-7919
Cesar Torres, Landscape Architecture Faculty Advisor, 805-305-1445, 805-756-1534

About the College of Architecture and Environmental Design
With nearly 1,900 students, Cal Poly’s acclaimed College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) is the only program of its type in the nation with nine degree programs in five closely related departments: Architectural Engineering, Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture. For more than half century, the CAED programs and 16,000 alumni have been a positive influence on the forces that shape the planning, design and construction worlds.

Projects that have been shown at previous fifth-year graduating architecture student exhibitions in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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