Volume 3, Issue 5 | October 15-28, 2020
2x8 home view virtual exhibit designed by garet ammerman
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CPP/ARC at 2x8 AIA|LA student exhibition

Students from 16 architecture and design programs throughout California foreshadow the future of housing in 2x8: DOMUS, the annual student exhibition organized by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA). The event — fully virtual for the first time in its 14-year history — is free and open to the public during its full run from November 5 - December 31.

Cal Poly Pomona will be represented on several fronts. Athenna Lim and Britanny Jones (both '20) were selected to show their work in the virtual exhibition. Alumnus and lecturer Kirill Volchinskiy ('17) is this year's event committee chair, while the virtual exhibition was designed by lecturer Garet Ammerman (pictured right). Read more
cal poly pomona updates
Most classes and services are remote/virtual in the fall term.

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  • Review the COVID-19 Compliance Guidelines developed by the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity. Student organizations that fail to abide by campus policies may be subject to disciplinary action.

  • Planning a visit to campus? Faculty, students and staff must first complete this checklist.

  • Follow CPP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@calpolypomona).
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env updates
Find more updates in the College of Environmental Design's news section.

  • Buildings 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 89 and 209 are closed and locked until further notice. Studios and classrooms should not be accessed at this time.

  • ENV held a virtual memorial for the the late Marvin Malecha, who served as dean from 1982-1994, and oversaw the design and realization of several campus buildings including the Interim Design Center. View the memorial booklet and video of the event.

  • Follow ENV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn (@cppenv). ENV Student Success Advising Center is on Instagram (@cpp_envadvising).
interdepartmental | stay in the know
jessie hertz scribendi artwork janna ireland and cpparc assistant professor victor jones
Jessie Hertz ('22) recently published her artwork, "Alphabet Vaults," in Scribendi, the annual honors literature and arts magazine. The annual publication spotlights creative work from undergraduate honors students from more than 200 institutions across the nation. Find Hertz's work on pages 28 and 109.

Los Angeles indie bookstore Skylight Books held a live crowdcast on September 29 of Assistant Professor Victor Jones and Janna Ireland in conversation about "Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer's View." Ireland's latest book explores the work of the country's first Black architect west of the Mississippi River. Dubbed as "Hollywood's Architect," Williams's successful career predated the Civil Rights Movement.

Ireland will give a guest lecture on November 4 as part of the department's Bernard Zimmerman Lecture Series. Her talk will be co-hosted by the Cal Poly Pomona chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (CPP-NOMAS).
claire latane faculty advisor of the year
Assistant Professor Claire Latané was a panelist in the October 8 webinar, "Turn Your Campus Inside Out!: A Safe Return To School With Outdoor Learning." Convened by the Association of Learning Environments and One Working Place, the discussion explored the topics of biophilic design, project-based learning, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) outdoor learning. All were directed at answering questions about the impact of teaching and learning outdoors on students and parents; the challenges faced by schools to implement outdoor learning; and steps individuals can take to support outdoor learning at their local school and school districts.

Latané specializes is creating community-led, nature-based campus master plans that support mental and physical health, climate resilience and eco-literacy. She is currently involved in the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative as the organizer and leader of the Emergency Schoolyard Design Volunteers, a pro bono landscape design assistance program that matches schools with design firms, individual practitioners and students. The group has more than 250 volunteers, including Cal Poly Pomona students Frances Aquino ('21), Sean Chen and Bricel Torrez (both '20), and MLA alumna Lauren McKenna ('20).
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Professor Richard Willson links theory and practice in "Reflective Planning Practice: Theory, Cases, and Methods" (Routledge, October 2020). After developing a framework for reflecting on or during practice, he explores the planners' uses of logic and emotion, and convention and invention, in making practical judgements. The book includes seven case studies that test out the framework:
  • Cal Poly Pomona Climate Action Plan
  • Parking Management Deliberation in Dana Point, Calif.
  • Green Line Mixed-Use Specific Plan in Hawthorne, Calif.
  • Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance in Portland, Ore.
  • Bringing Fresh Produce to Inner-City Corner Stores in Detroit, Mich.
  • Miami 21 Form-Base Code in Miami, Fla.
  • Resiliency Planning Student Studio in Mamallapuram, India

Note: Students and professionals receive a 20% discount when purchasing directly from the publisher.
2020-21 President's Scholars
presidents scholars alex armendariz and melanis stepanian
Congratulations to honorees Alex Armendariz ('24, master's in regenerative studies) and Melanis Stepanian ('22, urban and regional planning)! Each year, the President's Scholar Program recognizes 26 outstanding students "who are committed to making society better." Read about their achievements here.
cpp crowfunding for env

For two weeks, the College of Environmental Design will be participating in the university-wide crowdfunding campaign Bronco Launchpad to support Cal Poly Pomona's newest projects and programs. Help us help our students either by donating or spreading the word!

Below is a preview of the latest initiatives benefitting ENV students. (Note: some campaigns are already live, while others will launch on Monday, October 19. Donations are tax-deductible.)

ENV Emergency Assistance Program. Open to all enrolled ENV students, this program awards one-time $500 emergency grants to those facing unexpected hardships due to COVID-19. (link)

CPP-NOMAS Scholarship 2001. A new scholarship fund set up by the CPP student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects to help alleviate the financial burden for current and incoming architecture students. The annual scholarship will aid underprivileged and underrepresented CPP architecture students with resources to further advance in the field. Please join us in our mission to make a more inclusive community for the generations to come. (link)

Art Department Scholarship for Diverse Voices. Established to increase the accessibility of design education to students from diverse and/or socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, this new scholarship will be awarded annually to a different student from the disciplines of Art, Art History, and Visual Communication Design who is an exemplary scholar and/or visual communicator with an interest in diversity and social justice. (link)

Bravely Leading Advancement, Curiosity, and Knowledge in Landscape Architecture. A new scholarship to encourage students from diverse and/or socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in landscape architecture. (link)

URP 50th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship. A new student scholarship that will annually award $2,000 to a high-achieving undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the program. (link)

Lyle Center Climate Justice Scholarship. A new student scholarship dedicated to work that contributes to reducing our effects on anthropogenic climate change with special emphasis on those that are most vulnerable and have the least resources. (link)
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postcommodity CSU's ConSortiUm of Art Galleries and Museums
SOME REACH WHILE OTHERS CLAP | Postcommodity: A conversation with artists Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist is the next installment of the PLATFORM artist speaker series. Launched in September by the CSU ConSortiUm of Art Galleries and Museums, the collaboration is described as "an event series of socially engaged artists, collectives, and curators in conversation." Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. (PST). Register here.
OF ENDURING HISTORICAL VALUE | The University Library Special Collections and Archives plan to document
the voices and experiences of the Cal Poly Pomona community and the Pomona Valley to capture and preserve the tumult of 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic, social and racial justice protests, and a savage wildfire season. The goal of Documenting 2020 Project is to make available to future researchers and historians primary materials — writings, photographs and videos, social media posts, audio recordings, even posters and signs — that capture "this moment in time in this place." See how (and what) you can contribute to the project here.
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alumni | designing the future
cbeebies bbc childrens show promoting what if we were all the same by c m harris graphic design alumna
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An award-winning children's book written by Charity Michelle Harris (pictured left) and illustrated by Eric Everett and Ashlynn Feather was featured in a recent episode of "CBeebies Lunchtime" on BBC. The trio are 2015 graphic design alumni.

"What If We Were All the Same!" received the American Book Fest's 2019 Best Children's Book Award. It's Harris's "love letter" to her younger self: bullied for being different; diagnosed at 7 with the neuromuscular disease Charcoat-Marie-Tooth Disease, and at 21 with the chronic pain condition Trigeminal neuralgia.
nicholas rios 2016 graphic design alumnus
Nicholas Rios ('16, graphic design) is a product packaging designer for Pomona-based Homage Brewing. He's responsible for designing the company's Moonbeams beer can.

His interest in graphic design had a benign start, he shared in a Q&A with The Poly Post: "When I was 18 or 19, I downloaded Photoshop solely for doing face-swap type photos."
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Darleen Ralota ('19, graphic design) is one of seven motion designers selected by Adobe Systems to showcase at this year's Abobe MAX, the world's largest annual design conference.

This year's virtual format spans three days, featuring more than 400 "experts and luminaries," celebrity appearances and musical performances. Headliners include Ai Weiwei, Ava DuVernay, Annie Leibovitz, Tyler, the Creator, Shepard Fairey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stanley Tucci and Taika Watiti. The event is free and open to the public.

Ralota is a Los Angeles-based freelance motion graphic designer. As a Cal Poly Pomona student, she served as co-president of the student chapter of AIGA and worked as lead multimedia developer for Associated Students, Inc.'s Marketing, Design & Public Relations division. View her work at www.dtralota.com.
ON THE GRID is produced by the College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona.
Art for the masthead was designed by Maribel Ruiz ('22, architecture).
Send your news, announcements and upcoming (virtual) events to env@cpp.edu.