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FALL 2019

Dean's Message

Looking forward to 'Boundless Impact'

Dean Richard Blythe welcomes you to this edition of CAUS+effect. Read more >


New collaborations set to boost real-world learning opportunities for CAUS students

The Research + Demonstration Facility is representative of a larger initiative to involve Virginia Tech students in construction and renovation projects on the Blacksburg campus. Read more >

Industrial designers and biomedical engineers team up to address unmet needs of wounded veterans

Thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health, students will soon be able to enroll in a course that combines the unique skillsets of both disciplines to identify health care needs of wounded veterans in clinical settings. Read more >

Community Design Assistance Center helps build communities and connections, one design at a time

Small local communities leverage help from Virginia Tech students and the Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC) to fund revitalization efforts and draw new residents. Read more >

Around the College

School of Architecture + Design

All Aboard for Design Build

New train observation platform and student design-build project opens to the public in Radford, showcasing a unique community partnership and sustainable building materials.

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Myers-Lawson School of Construction

Virtual Worksites, Real Experience

Building construction and engineering researchers create virtual worksites, allowing students to gain ‘hands-on’ skills.

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School of Public and International Affairs

Connecting Global Leaders

Mandela Washington Fellows benefit from leadership training and give back to Northern Virginia communities.

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School of Visual Arts

Art for All Majors

New visual arts minor is popular, practical, and ‘therapeutic.’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors are some of its biggest fans.

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STUDENT: Miles Polhamus

Student hopes to tackle urban transportation issues through new smart and sustainable cities major, Calhoun Discovery Program. Read more >

FACULTY: Tanyel Bulbul

Professor combines classical design with advanced technologies to teach building construction students on the industry’s leading edge. Read more >

ALUMNI: Ellie Muraca

Through podcast startup, young alumna connects communities to planning and design. Read more >

DONOR: Steven and Cathi House

Architecture alumni couple design a life of sustainability, accessibility, and engagement. Read more >

Take Note

Our faculty have been busy! Learn more about recent faculty book publications as well as national and international faculty awards.

In case you missed it: The School of Public and International Affairs welcomed new director Mehrzad Boroujerdi in August.

Once again, School of Architecture + Design programs rank among the top programs in the nation in the 2019 DesignIntelligence rankings.

Mark your calendars for Virginia Tech’s Black Alumni Reunion, April 17-19, 2020.

Join us for Reunion Weekend 2020, June 4-7.

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About CAUS+effect

CAUS+effect is an online newsletter for alumni and friends published by Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Contact causnews@vt.edu or Communications Director Emily Roediger at eroedig@vt.edu with your questions, comments, news tips, and feedback.

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