About the College of Architecture and Urban Studies

The mission of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is to understand, through acts of creation, design, construction, and analysis, the forces that give meaning and value to the built environments that shape our lives.

Our highly ranked and competitive undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught by internationally known faculty who care about student success.  Through our four schools and the multi-college Program in Real Estate, we offer 11 undergraduate majors, 7 minors, and 13 graduate degree programs.

Throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of interdisciplinary and collaborative experiences. Our students gain hands-on experience through research, field studies, internships, and class projects that expand skills and broaden horizons.

Our degree programs are based in Blacksburg and Alexandria, Virginia, and the School of Public and International Affairs offers courses in Richmond, Virginia. We also have an international location in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland through Virginia Tech’s Steger Center for International Scholarship.

Many more international experiences are available through an average of 10 available study abroad opportunities each year as well as a diverse, international faculty, and a student body that hails from more than 30 countries.

School of Architecture + Design

With degree programs that are regularly ranked among the best in the country, the School of Architecture + Design provides design education from bachelor’s through Ph.D. We offer Architecture and Landscape Architecture graduate degree programs through the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus as well as our Old Town Alexandria location, the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. We offer bachelor’s degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and interior design in Blacksburg.

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction encompasses programs from the top-ranked College of Architecture and Urban Studies and College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate construction-related degrees that come together and allow for exchange and communication across college, department, and program boundaries to prepare graduates for careers in the construction industry. The school is the administrative home to Construction Engineering and ManagementBuilding Construction, the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program and is closely tied to the Program in Real Estate, which spans six colleges.

The School of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs is preparing students to model the practice of good governance that we expect of government, to offer insight and support for the most pressing policy questions of our time, and to be a voice for public service and the importance of research and knowledge in the policy-making process.

The school is composed of three dynamic academic programs, Center for Public Administration and PolicyGovernment and International Affairs, and Urban Affairs and Planning, across three Virginia locations: Blacksburg, Alexandria, and Richmond. Many SPIA courses take advantage of distance-learning technologies in order to make classes available in multiple locations.

Many of the graduate degree programs, especially in the National Capital Region, are designed to accommodate the busy schedule of the working professional.

The School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts offers an expansive undergraduate and graduate education in fine art, art history, creative technologies, and graphic design. Our programs enable students to combine technical expertise with critical and creative inquiry. The Studio Art and Graphic Design BFA programs offer an inclusive approach to educating artists and designers, implementing new and established technologies that are uniquely available at Virginia Tech. Our Art History BA educates students to place visual culture in its broader historical context. At the graduate degree level, we offer an MFA in Creative Technologies and a cross-departmental MA in Material Culture and Public Humanities.

Dean’s Office Contact Information
1325 Perry Street
202 Cowgill Hall (0205)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Richard Blythe
Dean and Professor

Chriss Mattsson-Coon
Executive Assistant to the Dean

Kathryn Clarke Albright
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Rob Jacks
Director of Academic Advising

Patrick Miller, PhD, FASLA, FCELA
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Outreach

Robert Schubert
Associate Dean for Research

Dee Dee Dudley
Program Support Technician for Associate Deans for Research, Graduate Studies and Outreach

Holly Kobia
Chief Advancement Officer

Marya Barlow
Director of Communications

Justina Sumpter
Director of Alumni Relations

Debbie Sturm
Administrative Assistant for Development

Marty Simpson
Director of Finance and Administration

Erin Poff
Business Manager