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CAUS Ambassadors

CAUS Ambassadors are undergraduate students who serve as advocates for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Through an interview and selection process conducted by Dean’s office administrators, CAUS Ambassadors are in a position of leadership and service as they represent our student population.

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, ambassadors participate in many service-oriented opportunities. These include serving as tour guides for prospective students and their families as well as participation in recruitment events such as our Open Houses.

CAUS Ambassador Avalon Roche

Serve as an ambassador

Our Ambassadors are an inspiration to the new students we welcome into the college every year. Active participation in the CAUS Ambassador program helps to develop your leadership skills and promotes your personal commitment to serving others. The experience will broaden your knowledge of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and its many excellent degree programs. In addition, many of our students and graduates enhance their professional résumé by including their Ambassador service.

How can someone become a CAUS Ambassador?

Each Spring the College of Architecture and Urban Studies distributes a college-wide communication to recruit students. Interested students must complete an application, submit a current résumé and a faculty letter of reference, and be interviewed. The application is distributed when the call for applicants is sent out in the Spring. Qualified candidates who exhibit an eager commitment to serve will be strongly considered to join the program.

2018-19 CAUS Ambassadors

Evelyn Agren -- Architecture

Evelyn Agren


Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Minor: Chinese Studies

Campus involvement: Alpha Rho Chi

Where are you from? Roanoke, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I chose Virginia Tech because of the amazing architecture program, it’s close to home, and I fell in love with the studio culture on my tour.

What are your career plans? I am not sure, but I have European citizenship and I may seek work in Europe after graduation.

Laurie Booth -- Architecture

Laurie Booth


Major: Architecture

Class: 2020

Campus Involvement: Studio Collective, Solar Decathlon Middle East, Resident Advisor for West Ambler Johnson

Where are you from? Charlotte, NC

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The people! The community here is truly special. I found myself here.

What are your career plans? I would love to build skyscrapers with a large, commercial firm after graduation.

Amy Borg -- Visual Communication Design

Amy Borg


Your Major: Visual Communication Design / Professional & Technical Writing

Class: 2021

Campus Involvement: Graphic Designer for Silhouette Literary Arts Magazine

Hometown: Purcellville, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I loved the appeal of such a well-rounded art program!

What are your career plans? I would like to go to work for an advertising agency.

Gates Breeden -- Architecture

Gates Breeden


Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Norfolk, VA

Campus Involvement: SGA, Alpha Rho Chi, Inclusive VT, Orientation Leader, Silhouette Literary Arts Magazine, and I work at the Moss Arts Center.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? For the incredible community and the academics.

What are your career plans? To be an Architect!

Connor Brown -- Architecture

Connor Brown


Class: 2022

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Middleton, VA

Campus Involvement: Alpha Rho Chi, Hokie Ambassadors, Class of 2021 Leadership Team

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? For the highly ranked Architecture program and the immense school spirit and pride.

Where are your career plans? I plant to go to grad school and get licensed as an architect. I hope to work in a firm and eventually start my own firm.

Cayley Byrne -- Environmental Policy & Planning

Cayley Byrne


Class: 2020

Major: Environmental Policy & Planning

Campus involvement: Kappa Delta

Hometown: Springfield, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? Beautiful Campus & Awesome People!

What are your career plans? Complete VT’s MURP program and pursue a career in city planning

Yoni Comhaire -- Architecture

Yoni Comhaire


Major: Architecture

Minor: Industrial Design

Hometown: Tarpon Springs, Florida

Campus Involvement: Habitat for Humanity & the CAUS Print Lab

Why did you choose Virginia Tech?: The 5 year Architecture program, amazing opportunities after school, and the ability to work various projects while at school.

What are your career plans? Work for an architecture firm and eventually own my own firm.

Zai Cook -- Architecture

Zai Cook


Class: 2020

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Freedom By Design, AIAS, NOMAS

Hometown: Dover, DE

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? Because of the community, atmosphere, and the prestige of the Architecture program.

What are your career plans? To work for a large architecture firm and eventually own my own firm.

Julia Costa -- Architecture

Julia Costa


Class: 2019

Major: Architecture

Minor: French and Dress Culture & Society

Campus Involvement: AIAS, Teach for Madame

Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey

Why Virginia Tech? I chose to come to Virginia Tech because it felt like home when I visited. Many universities have impressive academic programs, so for me, what stood out about VT the most was the people here. In addition, this school has so much to offer, I knew I would be able to explore my interests both in and outside of the classroom.

Why did you choose your major? I chose architecture because it combines creativity with problem solving. As an architect, you have the power to affect the lives of other people and stimulate thought and conversation. It combines many of my interests and challenges me to further develop my intellectual and artistic abilities.

Hunter Courtney -- Architecture

Hunter Courtney


Class: 2022

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: CAUS Ambassador, Phi Sigma Kappa

Hometown: Allen, TX

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? Architecture, Mountains, and Community

What are your career plans? To be an Architect

Sydney Delbridge -- Interior Design

Sydney Delbridge


Class: 2020

Major: Interior Design

Campus Involvement: IDEAS, cru, SERVE (LLC)

Hometown: Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Why Virginia Tech? My parents both came to Virginia Tech so I grew up a Hokie. The campus is beautiful and the community is welcoming, so I fell in love with the school.

What are your career plans? To work in a commercial interior design firm and possibly work with historic preservation.

Grace Evans -- Interior Design

Grace Evans


Class: 2021

Major: Interior Design

Campus involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma, IDEAS, Historic Preservation Club

Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I loved the school spirit that VT has and the football games… but the ITDS program is ultimately why I chose VT!

What are your career plans? I’ve always loved residential design and still am deciding if in my career I want to go into residential or commercial interior design.

Danielle Fattibene -- Industrial Design

Danielle Fattibene


Class: 2022

Major: Industrial Design

Hometown: Wheatley Heights, NY

Campus Involvement: Hokie Ambassador, VT IDSA, Design for America

Why did you choose VT? I chose VT because of the unique major-minor combination the school offers. The amazing people at this university make it feel like home!

What are your career plans? I plan to use my design & engineering education to create products that have a positive social impact while working at a firm.

Monique Gagnon -- Interior Design

Monique Gagnon


Class: 2021

Major: Interior Design

Minor: Diversity & Community Engagement

Campus involvement: Pi Beta Phi

Hometown: Burke, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I loved the campus atmosphere and that I was able to study interior design with a bachelor of sciences. Also – football!

What are your career plans? I’m looking to pursue work in commercial design, hopefully with a firm in DC.

Sydney Garwood -- Architecture

Sydney Garwood


Class: 2020

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Hokie Ambassadors, AIAS

Hometown: Fredrick, MD

Why Virginia Tech? I decided I wanted to attend VT after my first tour. I was excited about the enthusiasm of my guide towards VT and I wanted the same! The A+D School was also a main factor in my choice – one of the best!

What are your career plans? I hope to move to Colorado to become an architect.

Emilie Gick -- Architecture

Emilie Gick


Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Minor: Industrial Design

Campus Involvement: APX

Where are you from? Columbia, MD

Why Virginia Tech? VT has a great Architecture program, and I fell in love with campus!

What are your career plans? Commercial Architecture & Industrial Design

Ojima Glover -- Architecture

Ojima Glover


Class: 2020

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Founder & President of NOMAS at Virginia Tech, Peer Leader for the Leadership & Social Change Residential College

Hometown: Newport News, VA

Why Virginia Tech? Because the ARCH program was ranked so high and the people here I met were amazing!

What are your career plans? I want to create communities for the homeless and foster kids coming of age (18). These communities would be set up to help them get on their feet and be successful.

Savanah Greenwald -- Graphic Design

Savanna Greenwald


Class: 2021

Major: Graphic Design

Campus Involvement: CAUS Ambassadors

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I felt at home in the community and love how much VT values acts of service.

Where are your career plans? I want to work in interaction design, specifically app and web.

Samantha Harlow -- Architecture

Sam Harlow


Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Verona, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The Architecture Program, the location, and the sense of community.

What are your career plans? Hopefully to find a firm I’m interested before graduating, and getting a job there and securing licensure. I’d like to get LEED Certified.

Aria Hill -- Architecture

Aria Hill


Class: 2022

Major: Architecture & Mathematics

Campus Involvement: SGA, RA, Chi Alpha, Orientation Leader, Inclusive VT Rep, NOMA, and I work at the print lab.

Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The people and the best ARCH school in VA! It’s also one of the best programs in the country.

What are your career plans? To move to NYC for licensure! And then open my own firm!

Madelyn Holliday -- Interior Design

Madelyn Holliday


Class: 2020

Major: Interior Design


Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Campus Involvement: IDEAS, ZTA Fraternity

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The ITDS program is very well-respected and the campus culture was so friendly and welcoming.

What are your career plans? I plan to work at a commercial design firm. I’m interested in workplace design and human well-being.

Natalie Koppier -- Environmental Policy and Planning

Natalie Koppier


Major: Environmental Policy & Planning

Minor: Spanish

Hometown: Great Falls, A

Campus Involvement: CAUS rep to SGA, Treasurer of Students for Sustainable Practice

Why did you choose VT? It was my dream school! I had family alumni and VT offered everything I was interested in studying – the environment and Spanish.

What are your career plans? Local Government Planning

Connor Leidner -- Architecture

Connor Leidner


Class: 2023

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: AIAS, APX Philanthropy Chair, Kirk, VTU, Bagel Club Treasurer, Leadership & Social Change Residential College, TreeHAUS

Hometown: Hendersonville, NC

Why Virginia Tech? I chose VT because its Architecture program was highly ranked and a high post-grad employment rate.

Why did you choose your major? I plan on pursuing a career in sustainable architecture – I knew this major would be for me.

Cameron Lee -- Architecture

Cameron Lee


Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Campus Involvement: Alpha Rho Chi, Chinese American Society, AIAS, NOMAS at VT

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The architecture program here is one of the best and I immediately loved the studio culture.

What are your career plans? I’d like to start working at a larger firm to gain experience.

Josh Meador -- Industrial Design

Josh Meador


Class: 2020

Major: Industrial Design

Campus Involvement: IDSA, Phi Sigma Kappa

Hometown: Herndon, VA

Why Virginia Tech? I loved Blacksburg – it felt so comfortable being on campus.

What are your career plans? Sports Equipment & Apparel Design

Abby Potter -- Landscape Architecture

Abby Potter


Class: 2021

Major: Landscape Architecture

Hometown: Dover, New Hampshire

Campus involvement: Resident Advisor, Hokie Ambassador, Relay for Life, Moss Arts Center

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The school spirit and community.

What are your career plans? To follow what makes me happy and to make the world and environment better.

Emma Potter -- Smart & Sustainable Cities

Emma Potter


Class: 2021

Major: Environmental Policy & Planning, Smart & Sustainable Cities

Campus Involvement: SERVE / VT Engage / STEP UP

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why Virginia Tech? CAUS! And the community spirit

What are your career plans? To start as a planner, and then flow with life!

Jacob Pruitt -- Building Construction

Jacob Pruitt


Class: 2021

Major: Building Construction, Real Estate

Campus Involvement: BC Ambassador

Hometown: Moorseville, NC

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? The community and the school of construction.

What are your career plans? To be a project manager for a contractor and eventually start my own construction company.

Ceara Redd -- Environmental Policy & Planning

Ceara Redd


Class: 2021

Major: Environmental Policy & Planning / Philosophy

Campus Involvement: I’m a Teaching Assistant for an introductory biology course and part of the LLC at West AJ!

Hometown: Vienna, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I chose VT because the community here is so welcoming and diverse and they were the only school that offered a program that was geared towards my interests and what I wanted to study.

What are your career plans?

I would like to go to law school after I graduate and go on to practice environmental law.

Bowen Schechter -- Building Construction

Bowen Schechter


Major: Building Construction

Class: 2020

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Campus Involvement: MLSoC Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Phi Sigma Kappa

Why did you choose Virginia Tech: The many opportunities both while in college and afterwards.

What are your career plans? Work for a general contractor.

Natalie Serio -- Environmental Policy and Planning

Natalie Serio


Class: 2020

Major: Environmental Policy & Planning

Campus Involvement: CAUS Ambassadors

Hometown: Forest, VA

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? It was close to home and a beautiful campus!

What are your career plans? To go into environmental law and join the MURP program.

Rosalie Siegel -- Industrial Design

Rosalie Siegel


Class: 2022

Major: Industrial Design

Campus Involvement: Alpha Rho Chi, IM Soccer

Hometown: Washington DC

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I was really drawn to the collaborative nature of CAUS and studio life, as well as the student vibe and overall campus life.

What are your career plans? Sustainable Product Design

Amanda Stuckey -- Architecture

Amanda Stuckey


Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Minor: Building Construction

Campus Involvement: AIAS, President of Alpha Rho Chi

Hometown: Lancaster, OH

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? For the ability I have to tailor my education to my interest and the highly ranked Architecture program.

What are your career plans?  To own my own design and construction firm.

Emma Sweeten -- Architecture

Emma Sweeten


Class: 2021

Major: Architecture

Campus involvement: Cru, Kappa Alpha Theta

Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? VT has a renowned Architecture program, an unmistakable sense of pride, a huge football fanbase, and yet still manages to have a small campus feel. It’s the best place on earth!

What are your career plans? I plan on pursuing a career in healthcare design where I will be designing hospitals and medical spaces. I hope to eventually work 50/50 as an architect and clinician.

Chad Walmer -- Building Construction

Chad Walmer


Class: 2019

Major: Building Construction

Hometown: Spotsylvania, VA

Campus Involvement: Society of renewable resource construction consortium, Building Construction Ambassador

Why did you choose Virginia Tech?  Initially for Engineering but I decided it wasn’t for me and that Building Construction was!

What are your career plans? To be a superintendent in construction

Audra White -- Architecture

Audra White


Class: 2023

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Wythville, VA

Campus Involvement: Chi Alpha, AIAS, Phi Kappa Phi, Honors College

Why did you choose Virginia Tech? I loved the environment and the feel of campus. The people are so welcoming and kind.

What are your career plans? To be an architect and create something that influences others in a positive way.

Bonnee Grennon -- Interior Design

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For More Information about the CAUS Ambassador Program

Contact Rob Jacks, Director of Academic Advising at rjacks@vt.edu