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FutureHaus takes first place at Solar Decathlon Middle East

After years of research and development contributed by over 100 Virginia Tech students and faculty, the FutureHAUS Dubai team has officially built the world’s best solar home. The lone American team earned a first-place victory over 14 other selected teams and more than 60 total entrants of the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, a competition […]

House of the future and team await SDME 2018 Results

The home of the future is at its temporary residence in the desert — and the Virginia Tech students and faculty who built it are awaiting the results. FutureHAUS Dubai, the innovative, interdisciplinary, and ambitious project to design and build a futuristic, modular smart home, is the lone American team currently competing against 14 other […]

Virginia Tech IAWA Work to Save the Work of Women Architects

The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech is issuing an open call to women architects worldwide to submit a seminal design or drawing to the university’s historical collection. The campaign, dubbed “A Seminal Piece,” is the latest in the IAWA’s three-decades-long effort to capture and preserve the contributions of women in architecture who […]

Professor Emeritus, Donald Sunshine, Exhibits in Cowgill Hall

  “Social Commentary,” an exhibit by professor emeritus of architecture, Donald Sunshine, was on display in Cowgill Hall lobby this past week.  Watercolor paintings and his pen and ink sketchbooks combined to showcase innovative perspectives of big events from our country’s past and present that are meaningful to not only Donald, but to many others. “This […]

FutureHAUS is Ready to Compete in Dubai

After many late nights, research, hard labor, and coffee runs, the FutureHAUS is complete! The competition called the Solar Decathlon is being held in Dubai from November 14th-29th, 2018. After winning the top collegiate prize for the world’s best solar house in 2010, Virginia Tech is planning to do it again this year. Virginia Tech […]

VTCAUS Students Study Sustainability Abroad

Leah Lord, a junior environmental policy and planning major, recently decided to make positive lifestyle changes after a study abroad trip to Europe this past summer. “It (the trip) really changed how I do things now that I’m in the United States,” she said. “I try to bike more often, ride the bus, and be […]

Kevin Jones, AIA, will be Granted the Virginia Emerging Professional Award

Kevin Jones, AIA, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, and Erin Webb, AIA, Senior Project Manager at 3north will be recognized with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Virginia Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize the accomplishments […]

Virginia Tech Covers DC in Maroon and Orange

As members of Hokie Nation, we share a deep love for our community. We want the rest of the world to know what makes Hokies special! To tell our story, we’ve blanketed one of the nation’s busiest corridors in maroon and orange. Throughout D.C.’s Union Station, you’ll see dozens of Virginia Tech ads at street […]

Jack Davis, FAIA to Receive the William C. Noland Medal

Jack Davis, FAIA will be recognized with the William C. Noland Medal at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The William C. Noland Medal is the highest award bestowed on a member architect, and is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained […]

Virginia Issues & Answers explores financial resilience in Virginia and beyond

Still reeling from the Great Recession and mounting pressures to deliver critical services, many state and local governments are taking aggressive action to survive and thrive in economic uncertainty. In the latest issue of Virginia Issues & Answers, Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs brings together experts and practitioners from across the commonwealth […]

Four Myers-Lawson Grads Who Are Constructing the Future

What’s exceptional about Myers-Lawson School of Construction grads? It’s hard to name just one thing. They’re an extraordinarily close-knit, proud bunch, loyal to their programs and each other, with a strong sense of service. Those qualities make them highly coveted in the construction industry, where they enjoy 100 percent employment prior to graduation with some […]

Morgan Matt: Designing with Empathy

As a student at Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Morgan Matt launched a start-up company, funded successful products on Kickstarter, and redesigned archaic everyday items to be more humane and sustainable. The industrial design major from Canton, Connecticut, is the college’s 2017 Outstanding Senior. Matt completed her degree summa cum laude in […]

Letitia Long earns Virginia Tech’s University Distinguished Achievement Award

Letitia A. Long, the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency, received Virginia Tech’s University Distinguished Achievement Award during the university commencement ceremony May 12 at Lane Stadium. The award recognizes achievements of national distinction in a field of enduring significance to society. Long of Arlington, Virginia, directed the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from […]

Virginia Tech conveys its highest honor on John Lawson

John Lawson is president and CEO of a leading national construction firm that employs dozens of Virginia Tech graduates, a namesake and co-founder of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, and a proud part of a Hokie family legacy spanning three generations. Add to that list of accomplishments Virginia Tech’s highest honor. Lawson, who earned his […]

Aki Ishida named a top national architectural educator

Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been named one of the nation’s leading new faculty in architecture. Ishida received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s 2016-2017 New Faculty Teaching Award at the organization’s national conference in March. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching […]

Matthew Yourshaw: Student’s Visual Effects Hit the Big Screen

Even before graduating from the School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, Matthew Yourshaw had already racked up an impressive resume reel in film and television. The Blacksburg native used his skills in three-dimensional animation and computer-generated imagery to create tentacles for the dark underworld of Netflix’s […]

CAUS young alumni dominate national American Institute of Architects Awards

Two of 14 architects earning top honors as national American Institute of Architects 2017 Young Architects Award winners launched their careers in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Corey Clayborne, a 2004 graduate of the School of Architecture + Design, and Luis Vélez-Alvarez, a 2005 graduate of the master’s program and former A+D faculty […]

SOVA Hokies ‘Make a Mark’ in 12-hour design-a-thon for nonprofits

A one-day design marathon led and executed largely by Hokies delivered critically needed free marketing materials to 18 area nonprofits. Over 12 hours, designers and developers at Make a Mark’s Roanoke-Blacksburg Make-a-Thon produced websites, brochures, mobile apps, logos, social media campaigns, and other essentials for nonprofits like Child Health Investment Partnership, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, […]

Band of Brothers: Myers-Lawson advocates pave the way for intelligent infrastructure

Thanks to a group of loyal supporters of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction who gave combined gifts of $25 million, Virginia Tech is poised for global leadership in high-tech, human-centered infrastructure education and research. The donors included Myers-Lawson namesake John Lawson (geophysics ’75), president and CEO of W.M. Jordan Company, and the Hitt family of […]

Jack Davis to step down as dean of College of Architecture and Urban Studies

A.J. (Jack) Davis will step down as dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech on June 30, 2017, at the conclusion of his second term as dean. Davis will have led the college for 11 years. He was the sixth dean since the college was established in 1964. During his […]

Lauren Delbridge: Turning wastescapes into valued landscapes

2017 Landscape Architecture grad Lauren Delbridge recently won the nation’s top undergraduate prize and $15,000 from the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Her senior thesis project to transform coal ash ponds into public ecological and educational resources earned a prestigious 2017 National Olmsted Scholar award. The Olmstead Scholar program is the premier national award program for landscape […]

Emma Buchanan: Advancing Appalachia

2017 SPIA grad and returning master’s student aims to help her home region of Appalachia thrive through her work.   Degree/year:  B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs and B.S. in Applied Economics and Management, 2017; current Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning student What’s your hometown?  I grew up in Glade Spring, Virginia, which is […]

Students get a “capital” experience in Washington Semester

For 22 years, Virginia Tech students of all majors have experienced how policy and government connect to their chosen fields though the School of Public and International Affairs’ Washington Semester program. Each semester, 10 to 20 students head to Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region to take part in the immersive work/study 11-week program tackling real-world […]

Luke Dale: Architecture in America and Africa

 Luke Dale graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and started a competitive paid internship with MASS Design Group, working in the firm’s Boston and Kigali, Rwanda, offices.   What’s your hometown?  Medford, New Jersey What are you doing now?  I accepted a six-month (paid) internship with MASS Design Group, where I’m currently […]

Virginia Tech to build FutureHAUS Dubai for 2018 international solar competition

After winning the top collegiate prize for the world’s best solar house in 2010, Virginia Tech is gearing up to do it again in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. Virginia Tech is one of 22 universities chosen through a competitive process for the global competition and the only U.S.-based team. Over the next year and [...]

Alex Berryman: Planning Vibrant Communities

Alex Berryman, ’17 Master of Urban and Regional Planning, is the new planner for the town of New Market, Virginia. He’s responsible for assisting in long-range planning for the town and for the review, updating, and enforcement of zoning and subdivision ordinances for the town of approximately 2,200 citizens.   Hometown:  Moyock, North Carolina Why […]

CAUS+effect dean’s message from A. Jack Davis

Greetings and welcome to the inaugural issue of CAUS+effect, an e-newsletter for alumni and friends, sharing some of the latest news from around the college. In this issue, you’ll read stories about our outstanding new graduates; find out the latest top news from each of our schools; learn about prominent alumni and faculty; and discover […]

Richard Blythe named dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Richard Blythe, an award-winning architect and educator with more than 25 years in higher education and architectural practice, has been named dean of the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS). Blythe, professor and dean of RMIT University School of Architecture and Design in Melbourne, Australia, will join Virginia Tech on Oct. 10, [...]

DesignIntelligence Best Architecture and Design Schools Surveys

Surveys for DesignIntelligence Ranking of “AMERICA’S BEST ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN SCHOOLS: Student/new alumni survey: Dear current students and alumni within two years, Please take a few minutes to complete this survey on your education at Virginia Tech. Your participation helps determine the School of Architecture + Design’s placement in national rankings, as well as the prestige and value of your […]

SOVA students, faculty win seven ADDYs

Students and faculty from the School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech won seven ADDY awards in the American Advertising Federation’s recent Western Virginia awards competition. Their designs, ranging from beer labels to mobile apps created for regional and national clients, now advance to the next round […]

Students in Aging in Place Studio present award-winning results

Students presented their Fall 2016 studio work to a professional audience at the By Design conference, hosted by Roanoke architectural office SFCS, a firm that specializes in housing for the elderly. The Senior Living Studio, sponsored by SFCS and Autodesk sought fresh solutions to challenges of aging and was led by industrial design and architecture […]

Senior Nicole Norris ‘racks up’ international design prize

Nicole Norris, a senior majoring in industrial design, won second place and $2,000 in the 2017 Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association. Her design, Wrinklerack Compact Ironing Station, combines a mirror, ironing board, and clothes rack for sleek décor and storage. Wall-mounted for stability with a support tube that also functions as a shoe rack, Wrinklerack includes hooks for […]


ARCHITECT magazine and Hanley Wood Media visited the Virginia Tech FutureHAUS team for a behind-the-scenes tour of the fourth and final phase, the Bedroom and Home Office of the Future, at KBIS 2017 in Orlando. In this video, CAUS Professor Joe Wheeler and Program Manager Bobby Vance show off how flex space, versatile design, smart […]

CAUS named a ‘Diversity Champion’ by METROPOLIS

A recent article by METROPOLIS magazine names Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies one of the most diverse and inclusive design and architecture schools in the nation. In “Diversity Champions: 8 Schools That Aren’t Just Paying Lip Service To Diversity,” the magazine notes the following: Although diversity and inclusion initiatives have been sweeping […]

Senior Amy Groome wins national interior design award

Virginia Tech interior design major Amy Groome won the top national prize at the Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition last month – beating out more than 800 students from 65 colleges. Groome, a senior in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies from Oakton, Virginia, won $2,500, along with a custom-ordered Think chair, a Campfire personal […]

Building Construction student lives a life of service

Kyle VanDerVelden, a freshman in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, is a winner of the Virginia Tech Common Book Project 2016-17 Essay Competition. His essay, “The Potential of Ut Prosim,” describes how he started the nonprofit organization Right to Write as a 10th grader in Wayne, New Jersey. Ever since, he has held pencil drives […]

Virginia Tech’s Aki Ishida recognized as one of the nation’s top architectural educators

Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been named one of the nation’s leading new faculty in architecture. Ishida received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s 2016-2017 New Faculty Teaching Award at the organization’s national conference in March. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching […]

An Exhibition of Cultures – Feb. 13-17

Join CAUS for An Exhibition of Cultures, featuring traditional garments and accessories from cultures worldwide. A fashion show and reception will be held Feb. 14, from 4-5 p.m. in the Art + Architecture Library, 100 Cowgill. The exhibition runs Feb. 13-17 in the library. Traditional dress is encouraged. This exhibition is curated by CAUS diversity […]

Virginia Tech architecture professor, students reduce structural vibrations with simple, groundbreaking device

A revolutionary portable device invented by Virginia Tech Professor of Architecture Mehdi Setareh with help from students promises to make structural vibration-reducing technology universally accessible. The PTMD – or portable tuned mass damper – significantly improves on existing technology by making it more compact, affordable, simple to set up and tune, and easy to integrate […]

FutureHAUS wows crowds at KBIS

Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies faculty and students earned rave reviews as they showed off their work on FutureHAUS – a revolutionary prototype for the future of smart, sustainable housing – at the world’s largest kitchen and bath industry expo last week. “How do I get a home like this?” and “This […]

Virginia Tech debuts final phase of FutureHAUS: The bedroom and home office of the future

Virginia Tech will unveil the final phase of FutureHAUS – the revolutionary prototype for the home of the future – with the bedroom and home office at the world’s largest kitchen and bath industry expo, KBIS, January 10 through 12 in Orlando. Like the three previous prototypes for the kitchen, bath, and living room, the […]

Virginia Tech Professor Anne Khademian elected a director at National Academy of Public Administration

Anne Khademian, professor and director of the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been elected to the board of directors at the National Academy of Public Administration. She will serve a three-year term. An independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization, the academy was established by […]

Ten years old, Myers-Lawson School of Construction is breaking new ground in industry leadership

Jade McNair doesn’t graduate until December 2017, but she’s already entertaining job offers from employers eager to attract a Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction graduate. “It’s overwhelming in a good way,” said the building construction major from Columbia, South Carolina. “Instead of competing for a job, it’s like the job market is competing for […]

Come to the School of Visual Arts’ 9th Annual Portfolio Review Exhibition

Dear students, faculty and staff,   You are invited to the 9th Annual Portfolio Review Exhibition at the School of Visual Arts. This FREE, catered event is open to the public and will include an exhibition by students applying to our BFA program as well as an exhibition in the Armory Gallery by seniors that will soon be graduating from our […]

Students send 10,000 books to fire-ravaged African university

Virginia Tech, Radford and community pitch in to fill African library The Roanoke Times By Travis Williams travis.williams@roanoke.com 381­1643 | Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 am MCCOY — Thousands of books turned the first page of a global journey at Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farms Friday afternoon. More than 20 volunteers from Tech and the […]

FutureHAUS in the Wall Street Journal

With Workers Scarce, More Home Builders Turn to Prefab Construction Wall Street Journal By Chris Kirkham Nov. 16, 2016 A persistent shortage of construction workers across the U.S. is prompting some of the nation’s largest home builders to experiment with a model they once derided: factory production. KB Home last month unveiled a model home […]

CASA students explore Mexico with CAUS alums

Steven and Cathi House’s story is deeply intertwined with the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The award-winning team behind the architecture firm House + House, the couple met as architecture students on their first day of design lab in 1970. Four years later, they married on campus, at the Duck Pond. Over […]

First residential home built in FutureHAUS style earns AIA Virginia award

While Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS research shows the world a revolutionary concept for the smart, modular home of the future, its creators have taken it one step further: a test in the real-world market that demonstrates its advantages over conventional construction. Over the summer, FutureHAUS team leader Professor Joseph Wheeler and College of Architecture and Urban […]

CAUS faculty will present results of summer projects at symposium Nov. 16

The Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience funded six projects over the summer with topics ranging from mortgages to extreme heat to tiny houses — all with a focus on resilience. Now, the researchers are preparing to report their results at the forum’s Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16  […]

Professor Robert Dunay receives AIA’s highest award for impact on Virginia architecture

Professor Robert Dunay of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies will receive the architecture profession’s highest award from American Institute of Architects (AIA) Virginia on Friday, Nov. 4, in Richmond. Dunay, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Design Research, will be honored with the William […]

Intersections: Interdisciplinary Conversations about Social Justice and the Built Environment

Intersections: Interdisciplinary Conversations about Social Justice and the Built Environment Join the the inaugural panel discussion of a new CAUS Diversity Committee initiative: Intersections: interdisciplinary conversations about social justice and the built environment. Date: Wednesday, November 9 Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Art + Architecture Library, 100 Cowgill Hall   Our first panel topic is [...]

Environmental Policy Expert Barry Rabe at Virginia Tech

Environmental Policy Expert Barry Rabe at Virginia Tech Thursday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m., Fralin Auditorium: The Politics of Carbon Pricing: Lessons from the Past Two Decades Friday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m., Fralin Auditorium: Shale Play Politics in the Era of Fracking Environmental and energy policy expert Barry Rabe will give two presentations on carbon pricing [...]

CAUS kicks off 2018 Solar Decathlon with FutureHAUS Dubai

After winning the top collegiate prize for the world’s best solar house in 2010, Virginia Tech is gearing up to do it again. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, three members of the Virginia Tech Solar Decathlon team took the stage at the World Green Economy Summit in Dubai, kicking off the university’s bid to win the […]

Student Profile: Cole Smith

Cole Smith of Charlottesville, Virginia is a May 2016 graduate with a bachelors in Industrial Design in the School of Architecture + Design. Growing up in a UVA household led him to believe he would never attend Virginia Tech. After participating in the Math, Engineering, & Science Academy at Albemarle High School, Smith started researching Industrial Design […]

Student Profile: Shannon Cain

Shannon Cain of West Chester, Pennsylvania is a rising fourth year architecture student. After graduation, she hopes to get a job with an architecture firm that is small enough that she can get to know everyone in the office. She hopes to live in a more rural area, rather than living in a city. Her favorite part […]

Student Profile: Gina Fontanella

Gina Fontanella of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania is a rising senior majoring in Interior Design. Growing up, she always wanted to be an architect, but once she began taking her foundations courses she realized she was much more interested in designing interior spaces that people have the chance to interact with on a daily basis. Her favorite part […]

A note from Dean Jack Davis: DesignIntelligence Surveys

Note: The deadline has been extended to Friday, July 13! Dear Colleagues, DesignIntelligence is conducting their annual surveys of America’s best architecture and design schools. If you are a person in your firm who hires architects, landscape architects, interior designers, or industrial designers,  you are invited to share your experiences and perspectives. The annual rankings are […]

Two architecture alumni win NYC Facade Redesign Competition

Husband and wife team Audrey and Alex Worden competed against leading international architecture and engineering firms and organizations and tied for first place in the “Reimagine a New York City Icon” competition, the 2016 Design Challenge sponsored by Metals in Construction magazine and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York. The team won for their “Thermalswitch Facade” concept. Audrey […]

Students present wearable technology at NASA

Three interdisciplinary teams of students from the Course Textile Space (Paola Zellner) and independent studies (Prof Tom Martin) worked on design projects prompted by NASA. The students presented their projects and prototypes at the Wearable Technology Symposium at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. There were a total of 19 university teams present representing Pratt, the University [...]

2016 CAUS Awards

Faculty, staff, and students from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies gathered at the University Club on April 21 for the college’s annual awards ceremony. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”25″ gal_title=”2016 CAUS Awards”] CAUS and University Awards CAUS Certificate for Excellence in Teaching: Ann-Marie Knoblauch CAUS Certificate for Excellence in Outreach:  Patrick Doan CAUS Certificate for Creative Achievement:  […]

Student Profile: Shannon Standish

Shannon Standish of Charlotte, North Carolina is a fifth year student majoring in Architecture and minoring in Industrial Design and History. After graduation, she plans to work in an architectural office that focuses on custom residential or small-scale commercial spaces. She would like to work on buildings where she can get into the details of construction […]

Breitschmid at the Accademia di Architettura

Professor of Architecture Markus Breitschmid is currently appointed as an external expert to review 130 architecture graduate degree theses at the Accademia di Architettura of the Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio during the 2016 Spring and Summer semesters. The Accademia di Architettura is a prominent school of architecture located in the Italian-speaking part of […]

Urban Affairs and Planning students present research findings at US Department of Transportation workshop

Graduate students Kyle Lukacs, Lauren Hall, Nick Ruiz, Douglas Cobb, Jon Wergin, and Kerri Oddenino in Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning Ralph Buehler’s transportation studio class presented findings of their recent study of cycling in the Foggy Bottom/Farragut area at the ‘Think Bike’ Workshop April 21 and 22, hosted by the Dutch Embassy and […]

Architecture + Music

Students from Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design and the School of Performing Arts joined forces recently for a day of music and architecture on the Drillfield. Crowds gathered on the Drillfield throughout the day to watch a series of performances that were part of Unlikely Ensembles: Design-Build Experiments in Architecture & Music, a collaboration between the […]

Student Profile: Jud Froelich

Jud Froelich of Richmond, Virginia is a fifth-year student double-majoring in Studio Art and Russian. Froelich grew up in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. After graduation in the spring, he plans on staying in the Blacksburg area and working for a year while continuing to create and exhibit artwork. You moved around a lot growing up. Tell me about […]

Center for Design Research (CDR) hosts workshop Dynamo-BUILD! in Sydney, Australia

The international “Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design” convention was recently held in Sydney, Australia, at the 3rd Biennial International Convention on Robotic Fabrication in Architecture Art and Design (RobArch2016). Virginia Tech was the only university to host a workshop independent from an Australian academic institution. The workshop included 13 practitioners and students from all over the world. This was […]

Andrew McCoy wins Journal of Architectural Engineering best article award

Andrew McCoy’s journal article “Resilient Built Environment: New Framework for Assessing the Residential Construction Market” has been selected as the Best Journal Article of 2015 in the Journal of Architectural Engineering. The award was announced at the during the Architectural Engineering Institute’s forum April 1, during the awards banquet. McCoy’s article abstract: The U.S. has a long- term […]

Book published by Sonia Hirt featured on two top book lists

Associate Dean for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning Sonia Hirt’s Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation caught the eye of two publications’ top book lists since the holiday season. Her work was published in December 2014 by the Cornell […]

Student profile: Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee of Vienna, Virginia is a fourth year architecture student. His favorite part about his major is having the flexibility to explore different mediums, concepts, and overall architecture. He hopes to travel more after he graduates in order to see Asian and European architecture, but ultimately wants to receive an architecture job prior to […]

Virginia Tech Center for Design Research exhibits research pavilion at Reality Computing Summit

Starting with the design, construction, and deployment of the Lo-Fab Pavilion, which is scheduled to remain on the Boston Greenway throughout the summer of 2016, the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research embarked on a collaborative research program focused on the potential for computational design and digital fabrication to inform new opportunities for wood construction. […]

Student Profile: Amy Eliason

Amy Eliason of Ithaca, New York is a fifth year student studying Landscape Architecture. After graduation, she is excited to enter the workforce and see her ideas on paper become a built reality. She would like to work for a large multidisciplinary firm and potentially move out to the west coast.  What led you to […]

CASA – Mexico Study Abroad Program 2016

May 26 to July 1, 2016 Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, CASA is an educational study abroad program established by San Francisco architects, Cathi and Steven House, and affiliated with Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The Center is a link between the past and the future […]

Student Profile: Avalon Roche

Avalon Roche is a sophomore majoring in Public and Urban Affairs. She grew up in an Air Force family, and has lived in Germany since she was nine but also considers Virginia home. She speaks three languages – English, Spanish, and German. Both of her parents are Hokies! What led you to your major? Initially […]

Center for Design Research Presents Second Annual Design Robotics Summit

In its second year, the annual CDR-Design Design Robotics Summit will be hosted by the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Research and Demonstration Facility (RDF)- Design Robotics Studio on February 12th and 13th . The annual summit is led by professors Nathan King, Chip Clark, and Bob Dunay, and […]

FutureHAUS bathroom heads to Vegas

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the latest piece of the FutureHAUS project will debut at KBIS 2016 in Las Vegas, the largest kitchen and bath industry show of its kind. You may recall that the FutureHAUS’s kitchen debuted there last year, where it received a great deal of attention, including an article in USA Today. The […]

Student Profile: Simon Babin

Simon Babin of Mount Airy, Maryland is a third year architecture student. He is currently considering what study abroad program he wants to do next year and hopes that program will help him decide on his plans for after graduation. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is teal. I think it’s mainly because […]

Student Profile: Jade McNair

 Jade McNair of Columbia, South Carolina is a junior majoring in Building Construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies with a minor in Spanish. One day, she hopes to start her own international construction company in Vancouver, Canada. What began as a class project in 2014 became an organization called Building Women In Construction, […]

Diversity Scholar Aims to Improve Interaction between Domestic and International Students with Exhibition

  Virginia Tech graduate student Shabnam Kavousi presented An Exhibition on Cultures from Monday, November 10 to Thursday, November 12 in the Art + Architecture Library in Cowgill Hall. Kavousi, a Ph.D. candidate in the Architecture and Design Research Program in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies held the exhibition as part of the […]

Student Profile: Henry Thompson

Henry Thompson of Ashburn, Virginia is a senior studying Visual Communication Design who grew up outside of Chicago in St. Charles, Illinois. His favorite part of his major is getting to watch his friends improve as designers and produce bigger and better things every semester. Ask him about his plans after graduation and he’ll tell you […]

VT Alumni Speak About The Lost Art of the Deal

Virginia Tech alumni John Lawson and Donald McNamara spoke to a packed house about the Lost Art of the Deal on Friday, October 23. John Lawson, President and CEO of W.M. Jordan Company, and Donald McNamara, Chairman of Hampstead Holdings, highly successful real estate entrepreneurs, spoke to students about real estate investment and development. Lawson spoke […]

Women’s architecture organizations present play at the Lyric Theatre July 30

L’Union International des Femmes Architectes and The International Archive of Women in Architecture will present Libby Skala’s internationally acclaimed play “LiLiA!”  at the Lyric Theatre at 135 College Avenue in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Thursday, July 30 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the 18th UIFA Congress. The performance is open to the public and tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $10.00, or $5.00 for […]

Sonia Hirt wins 2015 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award – Honorable Mention

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA), the international professional association for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals, convened its 45th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida – April 8-11, 2015. Over 900 participants, representing universities, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and public and private organizations/institutions from around the world met to discuss 21st century issues impacting urban populations and places. Conference participants represented institutions from North America, […]

Margaret Cowell’s new book shows how eight midwest cities used adaptive resilience to deal with deindustrialization

Mass factory closures in cities and regions across the Midwest of the United States in the 1970s and 1980s has been a research interest for Margaret Cowell, assistant professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, since she was a doctoral student at Cornell University. Cowell’s study of what happened as leaders in Indianapolis, Indiana; Cincinnati, Cleveland, and […]

Virginia Tech student CIB chapter wins the ​2014 CIB Sebestyén Future Leaders Award

The International Council for Building Construction, also known as the CIB in reference to it’s original French names Conseil International du Bâtiment, has announced that our new student chapter has won the ​2014 CIB Sebestyén Future Leaders Award. The purpose of the award is to expose future leaders of the building sector to the latest developments […]

Hickok Cole Program Highlights Sustainable Urbanism — Principles, Projects and Plans

Sustainable urban design was the focus of a special May 19 presentation at Hickok Cole Architects by two leading sustainability experts—the Metropolitan Institute’s Joe Schilling and Professor of Architecture Susan C. Piedmont-Palladino — both located at Virginia Tech’s campus in Old Town Alexandria.  The program highlighted the roots of sustainable urban design in nature and cities and the intersections […]