College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Architectural Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Architectural Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 2

Architectural Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Architectural Engineering



Primary Advisor

Kevin Dong, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Architectural Engineering Department


The Center for Centering seeks to create a large-scale healing center, conducive to individual centering of the mind and body. This mobile installation provides a relaxing, enclosed space while still maintaining a connection to the outdoors. The clients liked the idea of having a pop-up installation that could be easily set up as a touring display. With a deadline for installation looming in June 2022, a team of students had five months to design and manufacture the structure.

In winter 2022, the students developed custom geometry to minimize the number of individual parts and built a ¼ scale model of the design. In spring 2022, the students digitally modeled each part and manufactured the designs in the woodshop, culminating in the construction of the pavilion. What made this project remarkable was the students' opportunity to work with real clients, meet real deadlines, and learn how their design impacted construction while manufacturing the structure all by themselves. From creating countless digital models to troubleshooting tolerances and manufacturing mishaps, this project was the epitome of Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” motto.

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