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Dean's Message


Dean Richard Blythe welcomes you to the November 2020 edition of CAUS+effect and provides an update on college initiatives, COVID-19, and upcoming opportunities. Read more >


A highlight of college, community, and Virginia Tech news.

VIDEO: Finding a new home in the dome

Thanks to a newly assembled, 60-foot geodesic dome on the Virginia Tech campus, CAUS students are finding their projects now have room to grow. Read more >


From familiar spaces made new to resourceful collaborations, faculty are maximizing important face-to-face opportunities in ways that are both safe and impactful for students. Read more >


A closer look at the people, programs, and projects that drive CAUS forward.


Student-designed tear gas safety mask wins top industrial design award

Designed to help protect peaceful protestors, the T.E.A.R. Mask is a pocket-sized anti-tear gas respirator that won a 2020 Industrial Design Excellence Award, one of the discipline’s highest honors.

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Answering the call for affordable housing

Through two public-private partnerships, faculty and students in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction are pioneering high-tech, data-driven methods to make quality housing more affordable.

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Washington, D.C., program helps position students as future pioneers of policy

With a goal of immersing students in the policy-making industry and process, the Washington Semester in Global Exchange program introduces participants to a wealth of opportunities on a national scale.

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Through the looking glass

Virginia Tech alumna and visual artist Jackie Sanders charts her own course to artistic development and early career accomplishment.

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Take Note

Take a moment to check out our faculty’s latest career achievements in scholarship as well as the recognition they’ve received for their teaching, research, and outreach efforts. Learn more about their recent book publications and national + international faculty awards.

Mark your calendars! Virginia Tech’s 2021 Giving Day has been scheduled for February 24-25.

Looking for a way to connect with your fellow Hokies? Check out Virginia Tech’s upcoming virtual event opportunities. From faculty lectures on impactful research to online student art shows, there’s something for everyone.

In case you missed it: The School of Visual Arts welcomed new director Amy Kirschke to campus this fall.

The CAUS community recently said goodbye to two of its closest friends and supporters. Alumnus and architect G. T. Ward will be remembered for his love of all things Hokie, while Russell Hitt‘s early and generous support for building construction education at Virginia Tech forms a cornerstone of his legacy.

Looking for a feel-good story? In the midst of COVID-19, SPIA employee Heather Parrish recently donated a kidney to a former colleague in Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, inspiring CAUS and the entire Virginia Tech community.

With an aim of helping their fellow Hokies stay safe in outdoor spaces, students in the School of Architecture + Design partnered with 3M to create Hokie Circles at the Blacksburg Farmers Market and on the Virginia Tech Drillfield.

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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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