Watts came to Cal Poly in 2007 and has taught a variety of classes, including design theory and implementation strategies. His expertise includes children’s play environments and their affect on child development, with the goal of encouraging kids to connect with nature.
Watts helped redesign the Child Development Preschool Laboratory playground at Cal Poly. He also led a class on a trip to South Africa where students designed and built playgrounds and vegetable gardens for underprivileged kids.
Watts begins as interim department chair on Sept. 15 of a program ranked fourth in the nation and first in the western region in the DesignIntelligence survey of undergraduate landscape architecture programs.