Celebrating 40 years

By Tiffany Roesler

The College of Environmental Design sits at the top of
University Drive, tucked away from the majority of Cal Poly
Pomona’s busy campus.

It may look like another brick building on campus, but looking
inside reveals an intricate architectural style of open,
free-flowing space that allows in a vast amount sof natural light ”
a concept that reflects all departments within the college.

It is the college where Landscape Architecture, Architecture,
Urban and Regional Planning and Art Departments interconnect in a
single relationship.

Students, faculty and administrators of the College of
Environmental Design, located in Building 7, celebrated its 40th
anniversary Saturday.

The event celebrated the college’s achievements and honored
those who have been a part of the its history.

The event was created after Dean of the College of Environmental
Design Michael Woo was inspired by old photographs he found of
Building 7 taken in the 1970s before the landscape seen now was

“I thought it was a good occasion to have a celebration for the
whole College of Environmental Design,” said Woo.

Former faculty and staff members of the college such as Dean
Emeritus Marvin Malecha; Professor Emeritus Ray Kappe, former Chair
of the Architecture Department; Professor Emeritus Richard
Chylinski, former Chair of the Architecture Department; Professor
Emeritus Ken Nakaba, former Chair of the Landscape Architecture
Department; Professor Emeritus Bob Perry of the Landscape
Architecture Department, and Professor Emeritus Charles Loggins of
the Urban and Regional Planning Department and former Associate
Dean of the College of Environmental Design were part of two panels
at the event.

“Find the excellence, and let the excellence go,” said Malecha
in one of the panel discussions. “We bring dreams to life ” it’s
what we do. We see things differently. That’s true of everybody in
this room whether you’re a planner or an architect.”

Aside from the panels, attendees took tours of the campus,
visited an exhibit of alumni and current students’ work, viewed the
college’s archives and looked at posters from the Environmental
Design’s poster competition.

“I think it’s important to have these events,” said fourth-year
Landscape Architecture student Oscar Gomez. “A bunch of these
students go through this program and there’s been a huge disconnect
from alumni and students, so to have these events and network ” and
encourage them [the students] to network ” is key.”

Students also had the chance to “speed mentor,” which enabled
them to engage in brief discussions with professionals in various

“I think networking is one thing I would take out from all these
events,” said Gomez. “You never know who you’re going to meet

The event allowed students to find out how to snatch a job in
their respective fields.

“It’s good to see where the alumni have gone or what profession
they’ve gone into,” said third-year Landscape Architecture student
Bryal Wirth.

The event ended with a reunion between former and current
faculty, staff and students.

The college originally started to form in the late 1960s with
help from Chylinski, who helped to establish the architecture
department in 1966. Back then, architecture students took their
classes in the College of Agriculture because a parking lot filled
the space where Building 7 stands.

“This is one of the few colleges of environmental design that
exist anywhere,” said Woo. “There is only one other College of
Environmental Design in California, and it’s at UC Berkeley. And
actually in the whole world, there are only a handful of these
colleges that have combined these fields together in one college.
That makes us very unique.”

Celebrating 40 years

Jose Gonzalez / The Poly Post

Celebrating 40 years

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