How will Southern California be able to respond to the pressures of growth? Is it possible to achieve an eco-friendly environment while maintaining good community design in an urban area? Today's challenges like these call for a coordinated approach between planning, landscape architecture, architecture and graphic design.
Seeking the best minds to address these key issues, Cal Poly Pomona's department of Urban & Regional Planning has named Paul Farmer, FAICP, and Marvin Malecha, FAIA, as the winners of the 2008 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning.
Farmer and Malecha will visit campus Feb. 6 & 7 where they will be honored at a colloquium and banquet for their achievements in the field. Both will engage in a lively discussion of planning and design at the Dale Prize Colloquium on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kellogg West Conference Center. A reception prior to the colloquium will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Now it its fifth year, the Dale Prize program recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners and enriches planning education.
This year's theme, “Planning, Architecture, Landscape, Art: Collaborating in Practice and Education,” explores opportunities for collaboration between planning, architecture, landscaping architecture and art in professional practice and education. The prize is awarded annually to a scholar and a practitioner in the field of urban planning by the U&RP department.
Farmer is receiving the practitioner prize for his work advancing the planning movement in America and internationally through his leadership and advocacy. He is the executive director of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has spent 20 years in senior management planning positions, served as an adjunct faculty in numerous universities and was a founding faculty member of the graduate program in planning at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has a regular column in Planning and has contributed to Smart Growth in a Changing World and Planners and Politics.
Malecha – an architect, educator and academic leader in interdisciplinary design education – is receiving the scholar prize. Malecha is the former dean of the College of Environmental Design and is the first president of the American Institute of Architects. In 2003, he received the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education from AIA and ACSA. His authorship includes The Learning Organization, Reconfiguration in the Study and Practice of Architecture, The Design Studio, The Study of Design and many others.
For more information about the Dale Prize program, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~urp/daleprize/index.shtml.