If you’re looking to undertake study in the field of architecture and interested in a west coast located school then look no further than San Luis Obispo on the sunny central coast of California. ‘San Luis’ or ‘SLO’ as it is known to locals, boasts the prestigious California Polytechnic State University. Rated as the best public, and mostly undergraduate, university in the west for the last sixteen years, students can expect to graduate with the right blend of theoretical and hands-on knowledge to ensure success in their future professional lives. Recently celebrating its 45th anniversary, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s reputation is well earned with students regularly performing well in many of the architecture awards, receiving fellowships, and attaining scholarships to assist them in finishing their degrees.
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly offers seven degrees in five closely related areas: Architecture, Architectural Engineering, City and Regional Planning, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture. This enables you as a student to gain a deep understanding within one discipline but also expand your knowledge into other areas, therefore allowing you to integrate your specific knowledge into a holistic grasp of the incredibly broad and rich world of environmental design. You also have the option of joining one of the many student clubs. Student clubs are a great extra-curricular activity as they build networks between students, alumni and professionals working in the field. It’s never too soon to start forming contacts for when you graduate.
Alternatively the local community college Cuesta College, offers degrees and certificates in both architecture and design. Working closely with the university, Cuesta College provides the ability to transfer to, and/or gain credits for, a number of the four to five year professional level architecture degree programs on offer at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design within Cal Poly. If direct entry into university is not possible for you Cuesta College is an excellent option with one of the highest transfer rates of any Californian college offering Architectural courses.
Attaining a qualification in the field of architecture can lead to many career opportunities in a variety of related fields. Depending on the way you structure your degree you could become a city planner, a registered architectural engineer, environmental architect or perhaps even a media animator. Architecture as a social art is incredibly broad and graduates from Cal Poly are highly sought after.
Beyond the high quality education you will receive at either school consider the pleasure of living in what has been described as the most ‘Californian’ of cities. Centered around the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa the city is a vibrant community featuring eclectic shops and boutiques, restaurants offering a broad array of different cuisines, and a diverse night life. Undergraduates and residents alike enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the city with it’s beautiful beaches and rolling hills.
If Architecture is your passion and you’re looking for a great place to live with quality educational options San Luis Obispo could definitely be the right place for you.