Chumash Architecture Show

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"In 2004 a wild idea was passed around among the faculty: Let’s have an all 5th year architecture show to celebrate all of the good work that the graduating class had done. The first year set the bar very high and each year since, the challenge has been met with even a greater show."
- Barry Williams

The Chumash Architecture show is an exhibition and celebration of year long thesis projects and furniture designs completed by graduating architecture students as the culmination of their undergraduate studies.

The Chumash Architecture Show obtained it's name from the Chumash Auditorium in the University Union where the event is held. The show has traditionally started with a public reception on Friday night with a special media only preview beforehand. The show then is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Each year a committee of representatives from each 5th year studio organizes the event, creates the programs, and makes space assignments. Between 2004 and 2013 the shows faculty adviser was Barry Williams, in 2014 Doug Jackson took over administration of the show.


The show costs about $10,000 to $13,000 to put on, the expenses are primarily for the food and refreshments for the Friday reception. The costs of the show have been covered by donations from the CAED, the Cal Poly Architecture Department, CAEDF, Cal Poly Career Services, the AIA California Central Coast Chapter, individuals, and architecture firms.

In 2010 the faculty decided to reach out to the community to help fund the show and use the show as an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with the school. The goal was to contact all prior show participants and obtain a small cash contribution ($20-$25) to raise approximately $15,000. Due to complications in setting up the donation system the idea was never realized.

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