College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Eric Brinkman, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This is a summary of the Torii Project: how the project came to be, and the process behind the preconstruction of installing the structure. A Torii is a Japanese gate structure in Japanese Shinto practices, as the structure is a frame for a significant space. The project was initially started by the Japanese Student Association, and has grown over time become an interdisciplinary design build project involving architects, civil engineers, landscape architects and construction management majors. The design came from Cal Poly Architecture Alumni Amir Hossler who has studied the construction of Toriis in Japan and was the main source of information for the design. In order to stay committed to the project’s promotion of diversity and inclusion, major Japanese American communities were sought for their approval of the project as stakeholders, which included the Japanese Student Association, the Nikkei Student Union, the SLO Buddhist temple and the Hayashi Family. With help from CAED support shop staff and architecture student Laura Kuffner, process plans were designed and developed as the materials were procured. It will also discuss the permitting process, and the difficulties and roadblocks that slowed progress and the plans going forward to install the final version of the Torii.

Torii Project Poster.pdf (864 kB)
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