June 13, 2017
Danielle Vitoff
Blueprint winners (from left): Jean Dan, Ryan Nguyen, Zach Weston, Isabel Hernandez, and Koko Manouel
Koko Manouel - 1st Prize
Ryan Nguyen - 2nd Prize
Isabel Hernandez - Honorable Mention
Zach Weston - Honorable Mention
Jean Dan - Honorable Mention

The Blueprint for Functional Sustainability's final event took place on Friday, June 2nd at the Frontier Project in Rancho Cucamonga. The event was very well attended, and the competition was fierce among the 16 finalists. In the end, the panel of jurors for around the Los Angeles architecture community selected the following winners:

  • Koko Manouel - 1st Prize
  • Ryan Nguyen - 2nd Prize
  • Isabel Hernandez - Honorable Mention
  • Zach Weston - Honorable Mention
  • Jean Dan - Honorable Mention

Other competition finalists included:

  • Vuong Victor Chu
  • Ngoc Ma
  • Evanna Diaz
  • Gaby Santos Ponce
  • Rafaela Dandolin Rech
  • Vi Phan
  • Lenore Roberts
  • Josh Merten
  • Tyler Bergmann
  • Tak Szeto
  • Chris Manzano

All of us involved in the competition are very grateful to the distinguished panel of jurors, including:

  • Eera Babtiwale
  • Carlo Gavina
  • Tasha Halevi
  • Raymond Pan
  • Pablo La Roche
  • Michael Rotondi
  • Lance O'Donnell
  • Ying Wang

as well as professors Dr. Hofu Wu and Mitchell De Jarnett.

May 24, 2017
Danielle Vitoff

Eight studios of Cal Poly Pomona first-year graduate and second-year undergraduate architecture students are busy preparing for next week's Blueprint for Functional Sustainability competition, sponsored by the California Sustainability Alliance. In the middle of next week, two students from each studio will be chosen as finalists, moving on to present their projects in front of a panel of distinguished jurors at the Frontier Project in Rancho Cucamonga. Their projects' objective? To design tedWEST - the western regional headquarters for TED Conferences, LLC.

The proposed site of the tedWEST project is adjacent to the Ivy Metro Station, in Culver City, CA. The project endeavors to inspire action, foster dialogue, and set an example of problem-solving and social responsibility worthy of the TED mission statement - "ideas worth spreading".

Beginning the 2017 spring quarter, the graduate studio focused on careful consideration of site- and program-specific sustainability matters. To better prepare for a successful competition, the classes took the time to perform detailed case studies of several exemplary sustainable designs (many of which have been featured as AIA Environment Top Ten projects). In the middle the quarter, preliminary and midterm models had been developed, undergoing several evolutionary changes aiming to address all of the site- and program-specific needs, while also accounting for and anticipating matters of sustainable design. Moving forward into the final third of the quarter, students are continuing their evaluations of environmental factors, especially as related to solar path, shading devices, passive solar building design, and wind path integration.

Finalists from each studio will be chosen on Wednesday, May 31st, with final presentations occuring on Friday, June 2nd in Rancho Cucamonga. More to come!

June 7, 2016
Roland Argomaniz

On Friday, June 3, the 12 finalists selected by their instructors were invited to the Southern California Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA. In keeping with the theme of sustainability, the So. Cal Gas Energy Resource Center is a showcase facility where visitors can learn about energy efficiency and environmentally sensitive building technology, so they can make informed choices about energy consumption and conservation. It was in this spirit that the students were invited to present their projects before select jury members, whereupon an emphasis was placed on the sustainable elements that were strategically embedded into their projects.

The event, which was well attended by many members of the second year undergraduate students and first year graduate students of Cal Poly Pomona as well as various guests, was a strong end to a year in which the students were to investigate issues of site and sustainability. The project, a Marine Mammal Recovery Center, located near the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, CA, required a rigorous investigation on behalf of the students into sustainability issues such as daylighting and passive heating and cooling systems all while considering the fragility of the marine wetlands under constant flux and threat, both natural and industrial.

While all 12 projects were strong in both their formal and sustainable elements, the top honors were award to Matthew Rivera (First Place) and Eduardo Martinez (Second Place). Honorable mentions were awarded to Sarahi Baeza, Kyle Ng, Parady Sarun, and Christina Younger.

Guest Author: Roland Argomaniz is a first-year Graduate Student of Architecture at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a native of Los Angeles, CA. 

June 5, 2016
Danielle Vitoff

On Friday, the finalists of the Blueprint for Functional Sustainabiltiy Competition presented to a panel of local judges. From these presentations, the winners of the competition were selected. We are proud to announce that the following individuals were awarded monetary prizes for their submissions.

First Place: Matthew Rivera

Second Place: Eduardo Martinez

Honorable Mentions: Sarahi Baeza, Kyle Ng, Parady Sarun, Christina Younger

Thank you to the judges and all of the participants for making Friday's event a great day!

The presentations from all of the finalists will be shared on the California Sustainability website during the next month. 

June 2, 2016
Danielle Vitoff

On Wednesday during their final studio critique, twelve students (two from each studio) were selected as finalists in the Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition. Congratulations to the twelve students below who will be presenting their work to a panel of judges on Friday, June 3rd. 

2016 Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition Finalists

  • Sarahi Baeza
  • Shant Charoian
  • Phillip Chau
  • Ryan Han
  • Jocelyn Hernandez
  • Matthew James Dana
  • Eduardo Martinez
  • Kyle Ng
  • Gem Nguyen
  • Matthew Rivera
  • Parady Sarun
  • Christina Younger

The top designs from the finalists will be awarded a monetary prize, with $1,500 for first place and $500 for second place. The designs of all of the finalists will be featured on the Alliance website when the competition concludes.

May 26, 2016
Audrey Kane

“When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.” – Henry David Thoreau

As the quarter is winding down, we are in the final stretch to the end. Students are putting the finishing touches on their designs. In these last strides, the goal is to move from conceptual ideas to concrete pragmatism. We are making alterations to the formal spatial relationships found in the figure-ground exercise, to livable, moveable spaces. 

At this moment in time, we are scrutinizing the palpability of the spaces created; such as the functional qualities of a space and its correlation to the program of the Orange County Marine Mammal Care Center. In the learning process, we are to articulate how the program is transformed by the site, and vice versa. The current design criteria is to employ an access to the site and how one, or animal, might traverse their way about it.  

Guest Author: Audrey Kane grew up in rural Central California. She is a fan of good coffee and traveling.