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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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