May 27, 2024  
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Environmental Design

Michael Woo, Dean
Noel Vernon, Associate Dean

The College of Environmental Design (ENV) offers accredited professional degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate level in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning. The Art Department offers an accredited Bachelor of Arts degree, with subplans in Fine Art and Art History, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Graphic Design. The John T. Lyle Center offers a Master of Science degree in Regenerative Studies. The curricula of the College of Environmental Design are centered within the departments but share a common commitment to discover workable solutions to complex environmental and cultural concerns.

As professional disciplines, the departments also share a commitment to the development of skills for a professional career. These skills are enriched by the support courses taken within the College and the University. The faculty is comprised of professionals involved in research, practice and instruction.

As of fall 2007, all undergraduate and graduate students entering College of Environmental Design majors are required to purchase a computer that meets departmental specifications. All applicants are invited to check with their department office or go to the department’s website to obtain these specifications. Financial aid assistance for this computer purchase is available to students qualifying for Federal Student Aid (requested via the FAFSA application). Please contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid (909-869-3700) for additional information.

The Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) degree is offered through the College of the Extended University (CEU) in collaboration with UCLA Extension. For further information, call (310) 794-3747 or visit

The John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

Kyle D. Brown, Director

The mission of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is to advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration and community outreach. The Center uses the term “regenerative” to emphasize the development of systems that restore and revitalize themselves, ensuring a sustainable future. It offers unique interdisciplinary education through its Master of Science degree program, and its undergraduate minor program, which prepare students to integrate regenerative theories and practices into a wide variety of professional fields. Students have the oportunity to reside and/or work at the Center. The Lyle Center has earned an international reputation for its innovative educational programs, and has hosted visiting scholars and students from around the world.

The Lyle Center pursues a comprehensive and ambitious research agenda, focusing on issues of sustainability. It serves as a living laboratory and center for research related to environmental design, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy production, aquaculture, landscape ecology, and human communities.

Situated on 16 acres within the Cal Poly Pomona campus, the Lyle Center is designed to demonstrate regenerative living. Tours are available where students, policy-makers, and the community can observe regenerative design strategies in practice and learn about innovative technologies. The Center showcases a wide array of regenerative principles, including passive-solar building design, solar energy technology, organic agriculture, and native plant community restoration.

The Lyle Center is actively involved in the community, participating in service-learning projects, sustainable community development efforts, and community educational programs. In addition, the Center periodically offers workshops related to regenerative living for community members, professionals, and policy makers.

If you would like to make a reservation for a visit or tour, please contact us at (909) 869-5155 or by email For information on current activities, visit our website at

International Studies

The College encourages students to participate in the CSU International Programs in Italy, Denmark and Canada, as well as in College-sponsored programs. Under existing agreements, a number of foreign students may study each year at the College.

Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House II

(For further information contact the Resident Director at (323) 953-0224.)

The Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House II was the residence of Richard Neutra. The house stands as an exemplar of Neutra’s Belief in “Survival Through Design.” Neutra posited “biorealism” as the generative theory for environmental design. ‘Bio’ referred to the biology of humankind, and the necessity for habitats that promote physiological and emotional well-being. “Realism” follows from the artistic movement, examining how people actually live from day to day. Neutra’s architecture facilitated the daily rhythms of activity for the inhabitants of his environment. The Neutra research examined the physiology of the human being as it interacted with the environment, and materials and planning that would promote the health of the environment. Neutra’s “Survival by Design” concepts also had a profound impact on John T. Lyle, founder of the Center named in Lyle’s honor.

The Neutra Research House (VDL I) on Silverlake Boulevard in Los Angeles was designed and built in 1932. The initials VDL stand for Cornelius H. van de Leeuw, Dutch industrialist and friend of Richard Neutra who offered aid and entrusted the young Neutra to build Research House I. The present home has been completely reconstructed upon the original foundations after an electrical fire destroyed much of it in 1963, utilizing similar room sizes and configuration. Under the direction of Richard Neutra’s son, Dion, significant changes were executed in floor plans and appearance, as well as detailing and fenestration, particularly in the entry and on the east facade. The 1938 Garden House (off the south patio) suffered very little damage in the fire, and it was here that Dion and his family lived during the reconstruction, allowing him the opportunity to supervise the work closely. VDL II, as the re-built house was then referred to, served as Mr. and Mrs. Richard Neutra’s residence and the base for the Neutra Institute. In 1979, Mrs. Neutra and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona came to an agreement whereby the Richard and Dion Neutra Research House would become a University facility. In 1999, the house was designated a “World Monument 2000” by the World Monument Watch Society. The structure is one of the youngest buildings to ever receive this designation. Through the generosity of Mrs. Neutra and the entire Neutra family, the University has gained an architectural work of great significance and an invaluable instructional aid. See the website at

ENV Resource Library

Christine Johnson, Library Assistant

The ENV Library houses a variety of materials designed to support the college curriculum. These include books, periodicals, technical reports, product information, samples, organizational newsletters, CDs, DVDs and videos. These materials are available to current faculty, students and staff and, on a limited basis, to off-campus users.

Faculty Reserves: A service that allows current faculty to place items on limited (hourly) reserve to maximize accessibility by students.

Class Orientation: A brief presentation to students by ENV Library staff on the available services, any particular areas of interest, and the use of reference tools. Depending on the number of students, this presentation may be done either in the classroom or within the ENV Library itself. This service is available by appointment only and requires advance notice.

For further information, call Christine Johnson (909) 869-2665 or e-mail

Art Department Visual Resources Library

The Art Department Visual Resources Library includes digital images, 35mm slides, videos, CD-ROMS, and reference books that support the arts curricula. The collection encompasses the fine arts from prehistory to the postmodern era, as well as architecture, decorative arts, industrial design, and graphic design. Housed in Building 13, the collection circulates to current faculty, students, and staff. For further information, contact Patricia Martinez at (909) 869-3508, email

ENV College Archive

The Archive is an organized physical accounting of the curriculum and history of the College as well as documentation of the evolution of trends in Southern California Architecture. Projects by students, faculty, and outside professionals in the environmental design disciplines are stored at two on-campus locations. Items include models, books, plans, papers, and computer diskettes.

Retention of student work: All work of the students of the College of Environmental Design is considered the property of the College and, as such, may be retained to be displayed, archived, or used in promotional materials or for accreditation purposes at the discretion of the faculty, department chair or other designated representative of the College.

Call the College at (909) 869-2666 for further information.

Archives Special Collections

Dr. Lauren Bricker, Director

The College owns a number of special collections, including the works of Craig Ellwood, Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Donald Wexler, and Francis Dean. As an aid to research, archival materials are available for use by faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars.

For further information, contact Dr. Lauren Bricker at (909) 869-6837, email

Art Special Collections Archives

_______________, Collections Curator

The Art special collections include the large Burr and Jones fine art collections, the Jewett collection of Beatrice Wood ceramics, the on Huntley western art collection, and the Gilson industrial design archive (which includes the Reinecke Collection), as well as a number of smaller collections. Artworks are available on a limited basis for loans and exhibits.

Call the College at (909) 869-2666 for further information.

Student Success Office

Teresa Castaneda, Coordinator

Admissions: Prospective students for all programs in the college may obtain admissions information in this office, as well as in the appropriate departmental offices. Copies of articulation agreements with community colleges also are available.

Registration: Information is provided regarding telephone registration, adding and dropping classes, simultaneous enrollment at other colleges, petitions for undergraduate credit in a graduate course, etc.

Records: Files for students currently enrolled in the undergraduate Architecture program are maintained in this office. All other active student files are maintained in the respective department offices. Students may inquire in this office as to whether or not an instructor has submitted a change of grade; however, blank change-of-grade forms are given to faculty only. Student files may be checked-out by faculty only. Student addresses and telephone numbers are confidential and will be given only to faculty.

Advising: This office assists the student’s faculty advisor in providing undergraduate students with academic advising and information regarding University and College policy and procedure. Graduate students should contact the graduate coordinator in their major department for academic advising and graduate program information. All petitions that require the Dean’s signature are submitted to the Coordinator for approval after the student has obtained all other signatures required on the form.

Students in the Architecture program are required to complete five hundred hours of internship prior to graduation. Architecture students should contact their department for information.

Departments and Majors


Judith E. Sheine, Chair
Bachelor of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Interior Architecture (offered through the College of Extended
University in collaboration with UCLA Extension)


Sarah A. Meyer, Chair
Bachelor of Arts in Art, with subplans in Fine Arts and Art History
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Minor in Art History

Landscape Architecture

Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn, Chair
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture

Regenerative Studies

Kyle D. Brown, Director
Master of Science in Regenerative Studies

For further information, contact the College at (909) 869-2666.

Minor in Regenerative Studies

Urban and Regional Planning

Jerry V. Mitchell, Chair
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Special Admissions Criteria for Architecture

The undergraduate program in Architecture is designated as an impacted program (see earlier section of catalog on “Admissions”). In order to alleviate the pressure of impaction and to better evaluate applicants for the programs in question, a special admission policy has been adopted. Candidates interested in applying to Architecture must do so during the months of October and November to be considered for the following academic year. All candidates must meet regular University admission standards as well as additional standards required by the Department of Architecture. For specific admission information, interested students should contact the College of Environmental Design at (909) 869-2670.


Go to information for this department.


Go to information for this department.

Landscape Architecture

Go to information for this department.

John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

Go to information for this department.

Urban and Regional Planning

Go to information for this department.