Dean Jack Davis talks with students about an architectural model.

A message from the dean

As the College of Architecture and Urban Studies begins its fifth decade, we are pleased to offer a balance of time-honored educational traditions and leading-edge theories and practices. Our educational philosophy has as its highest priority student-focused learning supported with knowledge gained through current research and discovery.

Our new students quickly assimilate into a thriving community of faculty and colleagues, and together they share the challenges and opportunities presented by everything from local outreach to global leadership. Many of our students enjoy an extraordinary advantage through our education abroad opportunities in a variety of locations on multiple continents.

Our schools of architecture and design, visual arts, construction, and public and international affairs are among the most relevant to global society today. Research conducted by the college’s Metropolitan Institute reveals that the United States will experience a significant building boom due primarily to an estimated population growth rate that is expected to exceed even China’s over the next 40 years. More than 70 billion square feet of existing nonresidential space will be replaced, 100 billion square feet of new space will be built, and 35 million new housing units will be needed.

It was competition that helped you get here, but it’s collaboration that will help you succeed.

Our college is designing the future. Fundamental to our educational programs is the growing demand for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability that is critical for our survival. In short, our programs are committed to the advancement and sustenance of cultural enrichment and quality of life.

Visit us at our Blacksburg, Va.; Alexandria, Va.; and Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, locations and see how the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is inventing the future at Virginia Tech.

Jack Davis, FAIA, LEED AP
Reynolds Metals Professor and

Studio portrait of Jack Davis.
A. Jack Davis, Reynold Metals Professor of Architecture, Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
  • Reynolds Metals endowed Professor of Architecture
  • Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Studies,
  • B.Arch Virginia Tech
  • M.Arch Virginia Tech

A. Jack Davis, FAIA LEED AP

Professor Davis has taught at the University of Florida and then later at the Boston Architectural Center. He practiced in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the architectural firm of Cambridge Seven and Associates and was project architect for the Forest Hills train station, Atlantic City convention center and several office complexes. In 1993, he took a sabbatical to practice in Basel, Switzerland for Suter and Suter, working in their international department, developing housing, university and banking projects. In his practice he has been the principal designer on over 30 large and modest scale projects and has won design excellence awards from the Virginia Society AIA as well as from and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the AIA and the Virginia Masonry Council. Since 1984 he has been Principal and Co-Principal investigator on over 2.5 million dollars in research grants and continues to teach in the Professional Program in Architecture. He is the architect for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Research and Demonstration Facility, a laboratory research center for all programs of study in the College.

Professor Davis has been recognized and endowed as the Reynolds Metal Professor of Architecture and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He became a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional in August 2007. He was selected by Designintelligence as one of the nation’s Most Admired Educators of 2009 and 2014 and is a Design Futures Senior Fellow. Davis is the founding President of the 16 University consortium of Architecture + Construction Alliance (A+CA) and an international Board Member and former Vice President of the Conseil International du Bâtiment (CIB). He was the 2014 past President of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects for their 100th year anniversary and organized and led the Virginia Accord Symposium focused on the next 100 years of Virginia’s built environment.

Davis has been the Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech since 2006.