Cal Poly Pomona (Nicole)

  • Cal Poly Pomona 2014-2015

    The upcoming school year brings change to the architecture department at Cal Poly Pomona. 

    Lecture series

    For many years, associate professor Axel Schmitzberger was the primary curator for the department's lecture series, but this school year a panel of faculty and students will take charge. While the group of students created a list of possible lecturers, the faculty members will begin to contact approved individuals, starting with this year's Neutra Award Winner. Within the last two years, CPP's architecture department did not present the award to anyone, so this year, the panel plans to grant the award to two architects, one in fall and one in spring. About four other lecturers will visit the school each quarter.


    Although there has been talk of having a fabrication lab in building 89A for the past year, the FabLab will finally be up and running in winter. Its grand opening has been put on hold because the construction of the fire-rated wall took longer than expected, due to confusion about the wall's construction cost. (Students could have easily built that wall in no time...) In addition, the department and the ENV Print Lab, run by the school's Service Bureau, needed to coordinate the movement of certain equipment. However, the department ultimately purchased its own supplies: two laser cutters and four plastic 3-D printers. The ENV Print Lab will continue to have the same resources, and it remains separate from the architecture department's FabLab. 

    Students will receive training on how to run the various equipment. First through third year students have priority over the laser cutters because certain classes are based around learning how to use such resources. 

    Senior project

    Senior project will be run similarly to the 2013-2014 model. In winter and spring, fifth years and third year grads will focus on thesis, rather than having a studio class. During the fall quarter students will take a course dedicated to learning about the developmental process and project administration in order to have a successful project. Senior project will be run by Sasha Ortenberg, Axel Schmitzberger, Alex Pang, and Michael Fox. Dennis McFaddin and George Proctor will lead grad thesis. In addition, various consultants will assist students in site analysis, structures, and materiality.  

  • Senior project 2014

    With the switch of Cal Poly Pomona's architecture department chair in 2013, the curriculum has undergone a handful of drastic changes, including the senior project format. Rather than providing merely a 10-week quarter to design and produce a project, fifth years received the summer to do...

  • Collapse

    In the Film & Urbanism class I took this quarter, we studied societal collapse and its effect on urbanism by watching various documentaries and fictional movies. By analyzing films such as Manufactured Landscapes and Blade Runner, we were supposed to obtain ideas on how to portray our own take...

  • A small update

    Sorry for my lack of posts. I have become wrapped up in school once again. Now I am working at a firm as well, so that has consumed all the time I'm not spending on schoolwork.In the meantime, Cal Poly Pomona has hosted a number of top notch lectures this quarter.Alex Hogrefe holds a workshop of...

  • The glorified tent

    Within the past quarter George Proctor's winter topic studio focused on modular housing. Although we had the option of choosing program and users of the space, we were required to design a 500 sq. ft dwelling that incorporated space-saving techniques, such as moving furniture. The majority of...

    Midterm design proposal

  • Why, hello.

    Tagged introduction

    I am Nicole Magsaysay Doan, a fourth year architecture undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomona. I am also the chapter AIAS secretary. I lived in the Bay Area for the first eighteen years of my life, and I am surprised to find myself in the Greater Los Angeles Area, especially since I used to...

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Initially, I was going to name this blog "Architecture Will Kill You", but I thought better of it. Welcome to my five-year journey in undergraduate architecture school.

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