Cal Poly Pomona

An architect defends his masterpiece

An architect defends his masterpiece

The Classroom + Laboratory Administration building at Cal Poly Pomona, known to students simply as CLA, has served as something like a second mascot for the school for almost 20 years, but last month the landmark was slated for demolition due to flaws in its design and construction. Even though the building has become an icon for the city too, not just the school, no one in Pomona, not even the students, seem that upset or are as outspoken about it as the building’s architect, Antoine Predock. Predock, who calls CLA “one of the most important of [his] designs,” says that tearing it down will create an “irreplaceable loss” and “a void in the Cal Poly campus fabric.” It’s “the new campus gateway,” he says, “a pivotal, landmark building” and a point of origin on a “difficult to navigate campus.”