The Forum: Journal of History


Robert Chomicz


In the turbulent decade of the 1960s, Cal Poly consciously diverged from a Master Plan created by the state Department of Education in order to create one of the best architecture schools in the nation, which highlighted the university’s unique position as the only polytechnic in the CSU system. This article details Cal Polys commitment to the development of the program through the examination of the expansion of the Architectural Engineering department into a full-fledged College of Architecture in the years 1948 to 1972. Three landmark academic years are examined in order to highlight the growth of the Architecture program. These are: 1947-1948, 1964-1965, as well as 1972-1973. The analysis focuses on the change in coursework, the increase in degrees offered, the growth of total faculty employed as well as the evolution of the program in terms of an administrative unit.