Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies
spring 2017
Virginia Tech CAUS graduates celebrating
Photo by Stephen Claffy (industrial design ’17)
World Class
International award winners. Inventors and humanitarians. Citizen scholars. Our latest group of graduates is changing the world. Read their stories. >> 
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Virginia Tech CAUS graduate Stephanie House-Niamke
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A. Jack Davis, CAUS dean
Dean Jack Davis, who will step down to teach after 11 years of leadership, welcomes you to the first edition of CAUS+effect. >> 

Richard Blythe, incoming CAUS dean
In October, award-winning architect and educator Richard Blythe will begin his tenure as the college’s seventh dean. >> 
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Fun facts about CAUS
CAUS students
•  CAUS was named one of the nation’s most diverse colleges of architecture and design by METROPOLIS.
•  Since 1995, more than 340 Virginia Tech students of all majors have participated in SPIA’s Washington Semester, which immerses students in internships with government agencies, leading think tanks, and international organizations.
•  Research by SPIA’s Ralph Buehler on the benefits of bike infrastructure captured headlines in Cycling Weekly, WTOP, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), and Chicagoist.
•  CAUS has more than 15,000 alumni around the world. Make sure to stay connected!
•  Read the CAUS 2017 Fact and Highlights sheet.
Around the College
News from the four schools
School of Architecture + Design
World’s best solar home

Virginia Tech’s Solar Decathlon Middle East team — the only U.S.-based team in the international competition — will set out next year for another global win.

Myers-Lawson School of Construction
Band of brothers

With a $25 million donation, Myers-Lawson advocates and alumni pave the way for Virginia Tech to dominate intelligent infrastructure.

School of Public and International Affairs
Virginia Issues & Answers

Read the latest edition of Virginia Issues & Answers, SPIA’s magazine for state and local policymakers.

School of Visual Arts
Charitable design in record time

Students, alumni, and faculty “Make A Mark” in a 12-hour volunteer design-a-thon.


Virginia Tech architecture alumni Corey Clayborne and Luis Velez-Alvarez
A+D alumni Corey Clayborne (left) and Luis Velez-Alvarez earned Virginia Tech the distinction of being the only university to boast two nationally recognized AIA Young Architects. >> 

Virginia Tech architecture faculty member Aki Ishida
Named a leading educator by two national organizations, Aki Ishida is a triple-threat in scholarship, teaching, and interdisciplinary outreach. >> 

Virginia Tech alumnus John Lawson with President Tim Sands
Namesake of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, 1975 Tech graduate, staunch Hokie supporter, and president and CEO of W.M. Jordan, John Lawson (left, with President Tim Sands) earned Virginia Tech’s highest honor for his legacy of impact. >> 

Virginia Tech alumna Letitia Long
SPIA board member and 1982 Tech graduate Letitia Long — the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency — received the University Distinguished Achievement Award.>> 
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