George Hasslein

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Personal life

A native of Los Angeles.


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Died of a heart attack Aug. 24, 2001 in San Luis Obispo at the age of 83 [1]


Hasslein earned his architect's degree from USC.

During his college years at USC, Hasslein painted watercolors while studying with Dan Lutz.[2] He earned his B.A. degree in 1946,


Founding dean of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's School of Architecture and Environmental Design

Joined the Cal Poly faculty in 1950. A year later he was named head of its then-new architectural engineering department.

A staunch advocate of a multidisciplinary curriculum, Hasslein headed the School of Architecture and Environmental Design from its creation in 1968 until 1983, when he returned to teaching.

Hasslein, who planned to teach a full schedule the fall of 2001 as usual, was a consultant on architecture to the Cal State Board of Trustees.

Areas of Expertise

Media and Publications


Among his awards was one for excellence in education from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects.


  1. Los Angeles Times, George Hasslein, 83; Dean of Cal Poly SLO School of Architecture, September 08, 2001
  2. Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"