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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]