A+D

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

Director’s Summary & Highlights

Hunter Pittman

 

The School of Architecture + Design [A+D] continued its tradition of excellence in architecture and design education during the 2016-2017 academic year. Programs in A+D were once again recognized in the national DesignIntelligence rankings [as summarized in the section below]. The undergraduate architecture program was 5th in the nation.

During 2016-2017 A+D conducted two very successful faculty searches, hiring three new faculty members – two searches for the Industrial Design Program and a faculty search in Architecture for a new collegiate faculty position associated with the new Creativity and Innovation SGA.

Elham Morshedzadeh, Ph.D., joins A+D as an assistant professor of industrial design. Morshedzadeh is an industrial designer, usability researcher, and educator. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Design with a concentration in User-Product Interaction Evaluation from Chiba University, Japan, in 2016. She has taught undergraduate courses internationally and in the U.S. and most recently was an adjunct instructor in the ID program at Virginia Tech in Spring 2017. Her research focuses primarily on consumer product design and usability testing, and has been published in the Japanese Society of Science and Design Journal (Tokyo, Japan), A Matter of Design: Making Society Through Science and Technology (Milan, Italy) and the Honarhaye-Ziba Journal of Fine Art (Tehran, Iran). She has also presented at design conferences in Italy, Iran and Japan, and has served as an invited juror for design competitions. In addition to teaching, Morshedzadeh has ten years of industry experience as an industrial designer in her home country of Iran, where she worked on a range of high-profile projects such as product designs for the National Bank of Iran to exterior illuminations for historical preservation sites.

A view of Burchard HallJonas Hauptman, will be joining A+D as an assistant professor of industrial design. An inventor and entrepreneur, his work is at the intersection of software, hardware and material. With over two decades of experience in both practice and research, Hauptman has been developing and building a range of products and processes that explore the relationship between consumer, designer and maker. Hauptman’s latest venture, roomio™, is a product that shapes space using the overhead plane while giving off light and controlling acoustics. It is a highly customizable product by a user-driven design interface which is then produced with hacker-built robotic manufacturing tools. Hauptman holds a BFA from RISD and MFA from Cranbrook. Hauptman is an ideal bridge between academia and industry. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he served as director of the graduate program in product design at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Katherine MacDonald will be joining A+D as an assistant collegiate faculty professor of architecture and will also be participating in the “Creativity and Innovation” SGA. MacDonald holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. She is co-founder of After Architecture, a design practice exploring culture and context through design and placemaking. After Architecture’s work fuses new approaches to material, program, and site with local building traditions and has been recognized as an emerging practice, earning the title of Curbed Young Guns and an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award. MacDonald ‘s current research focuses on material traditions and modernism in the Alps, for which she received the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship to study the work of Edoardo Gellner and the Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Grant to implement a project in the Slovenian Alps. The resulting Alpine Shelter Skuta was awarded the AIA New England Design Honor Award in Special Projects, the Core 77 Design Award in Built Environment, two Architizer A+ Awards in Architecture and Collaboration, and a nomination for the Mies Van der Rohe EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, MacDonald taught studios and digital technology courses at Temple University, Philadelphia University, and Boston Architectural College. She gained professional experience in the offices of OFIS Arhitekti, Morphosis Architects, and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects.

In other news of faculty administrative appointments, Mario Cortes has been appointed chair of the Core Professional Program in Architecture. Akshay Sharma, the 2016 Diggs Scholar, has been appointed chair of the Industrial Design program, effective August 2017, replacing Ed Dorsa who is retiring from the university. And Hilary Bryon has been appointed to new role of Assistant Director for Special Programs in the School of Architecture + Design.

In academic year 2016-2017, A+D saw increased enrollments in Architecture in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Blacksburg, while enrollments in Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture remained steady. In fact, the Bachelor of Architecture continued to see the explosive growth of the past two years with close to 45 additional entering freshmen, compared to long-time trends. This growth, if carried out for next three years, will increase the BArch population by a third. Industrial Design and Interior Design have the potential to grow significantly pending both faculty and space resources.  While enrollment at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center [WAAC] was steady with our own A+D students, consortium student enrollment fell by half due to a restructuring of our agreements with consortium partners. With new consortium agreements coming online, WAAC is posed for a resurgence of growth in the coming years.

One effective program that enhances enrollment and contributes to the diversity of our programs is inside ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, offered each summer for 19 years. The program had another successful week in the summer of 2017. Inside ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN is a week-long experience for high school students who are curious about the world of design. High school students entering grades 10-12 can participate in this hands-on summer program to discover what it might be like to study architecture and design, and, in the process, learn more about university life. Professors Robert Dunay and Donna Dunay lead the program with a changing group of instructors, including graduate students and recent graduates of A+D.

A+D faculty members across the school and from our Center for Design Research and Center for High-Performance Environments participated in the new university Destination Areas as these formed and took shape during the past year. Principal participation was conducted in the Intelligent Infrastructure and Human Centered Communities [IIHCC] DA and in the Creativity and Innovation Strategic Growth Area.

 


 

DesignIntelligence RANKINGS

 

Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design was recognized as a leader once again in the 2017-2018 rankings of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools by DesignIntelligence. The school ranked in the top five nationally for its undergraduate programs in architecture and interior design, and the top 15 for landscape architecture. Three faculty members were honored among the nation’s “25 Most Admired Educators.”

The rankings, published annually by DesignIntelligence in its 2017-2018 Design Schools Rankings edition and in Architectural Record’s “Top Architecture Schools of 2018,” are the only national college ratings focused exclusively on schools of architecture and design. The results are based on survey responses from more than 7,000 hiring professionals, deans, department chairs, students, and recent alumni in 215 college architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture programs.

Virginia Tech’s undergraduate architecture program ranked #4 the nation, rising one spot from last year. The program also earned recognition as #3 most admired by architecture deans and department heads. The graduate architecture program ranked 11th.

Two architecture faculty members were honored among the nation’s 25 Most Admired Educators. Jim Bassett, associate professor and foundation program chair, earned praise for “inspiring students to think in new and innovative ways using creative prompts and stimulating questions.”

Hilary Bryon, associate professor and assistant director for special projects, was cited for her “deep commitment to students … revealed through a sense of personal investment and ensuring students make the most of opportunities available to them.”

The interior design program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in September, ranked #5 among U.S. undergraduate interior design programs. Professor Lisa Tucker, interior design program chair, was also named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators.

“Tucker is raising the bar on education,” DesignIntelligence said in the rankings summary. “Adapting coursework as changes emerge in the profession, this academic leader creates key learning opportunities for her students and prepares them well for practice.”

The undergraduate landscape architecture program ranked #15.

Each year, DesignIntelligence conducts the America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey, ranking undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of professional practitioners who hire and supervise graduates of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture programs. The 18th annual survey was conducted April 17 through June 9, 2017. The rankings reflect responses from 2,654 design industry hiring professionals and practitioners representing 1,923 firms, 4,359 students and recent alumni, and 111 architecture school deans and program chairs.

“This is a further tribute to the professionalism of the faculty, staff and students,” said A. Jack Davis, dean and Reynolds Metals Endowed Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. “With over 200 programs surveyed, we are proud of their accomplishments.”

Survey respondents also rated Virginia Tech’s architecture program in the top 10 nationally for its focus on construction materials and methods, design technologies, engineering fundamentals, communication and presentation skills, interdisciplinary studies, project planning and management, and practice management.

The survey results can be found in third quarter 2017 issue of DesignIntelligence Quarterly at https://di-publications.net/quarterly-q3-2017/#virginia-tech.

 


 

Center Highlights
See Complete Center Reports in Appendix

 

INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVE OF WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE [IAWA]
Highlights – see full report in APPENDIX

The IAWA Center Symposium, Annual Meeting, and Workshop, took place together in the school on March 23rd and 24th, 2017, in support of Women’s Month.  The symposium began with the keynote “Red Yellow Orange” presented by architect, Dr. Leslie Lokko. Her presentation received sponsorship from the CAUS Diversity Committee, the IAWA, and Inclusive VT. Professor Leslie Lokko, heads the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. She also contributed an afternoon workshop with many students, faculty and symposium attendees participating.   The list of other presenters appears in the full report in the appendix.

In addition, The IAWA @ Special Collections in Newman Library Exhibition was designed and mounted by IAWA manuscripts curator Samantha Winn along with others, during March 20-27. Newman Library, Special Collections displayed selected original items and papers from women of the IAWA archives. Paola Zellner Bassett, assistant professor of architecture, designed the IAWA Symposium Workshop poster.

The fall semester 2016 saw the initial IAWA Group, Topics in History and Theory course, instituted by Paola Zellner Bassett, assistant professor of architecture, to focus upon materials held in the IAWA in Special Collections at the University Library.  As part of the course, students researched collections and heard from visiting researchers while adding to the projects of the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize Award recipients.

Launched in Fall 2016, the Fire in the Library series was organized by the IAWA Group as a special study initiative led by Professor Paola Zellner to further the mission and goals of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA). Fire in the Library hosted discussions with the university community with four Fire in the Library conversations over the academic year:

  • In September, two 2016 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize recipients, Dr. Tanja Poppelreuter, German historian, and Florencia Marciani, Argentine architect, presented their plans for research from their winning proposals.
  • In October, the IAWA Group, supporting the research work of the 2016 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize recipients, presented material uncovered during initial stages of the research.
  • In January, Prof. Sharóne Tomer and Prof. Joseph Bedford, having explored material in the IAWA collections, addressed from their distinct perspectives questions about the role of gender in architecture.
  • In March, Prof. Lesley Lokko, architect, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg; and novelist of Scottish and Ghanean descent, read samples of her work and discussed racial and gender issues in her experience as an author and architect.

The IAWA 30X30 Exhibition to be mounted at two venues in August 2017 for the American Institute of Architects Women in Leadership Summit. One installation opened the summit venue in Washington, D.C., at AIA National Headquarters. In tandem, another design was created for the Kibel Gallery at the University of Maryland. Both exhibitions will be on view through October 2017.

“Women of Design: Revealing Women’s Hidden Contributions to the Built Environment” received $232,356 from the University Libraries Grant Council on Library and Informational Resources.

CENTER FOR DESIGN RESEARCH

Digital Fabrication and Design Impact
A compendium of current projects, research efforts, and outreach – full report in APPENDIX.

Faculty

Robert Dunay FAIA, Professor of Architecture

Nathan King DDes, Assistant Professor of Architecture

International Exhibition: ICFF 2017 International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, May 21 – 24, 2017

The 2017 exhibition by the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, entitled Technology and Tradition: Explorations at Intersection of High Tech and High Craft, presents demonstrable prototypes spanning product, furniture, and architectural interventions. These works explore the opportunities presented by the merger of computational design, digital fabrication—including Design Robotics and Additive Manufacturing—and contextual, locally appropriate, user-centric interventions in a range of materials including wood, glass, metal, clay-based ceramics, etc. The pieces presented here represent global student engagement with partners from industry, academia, and design practice from venues in Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Australia, Austria, and the United States.  (Dunay/King/Leach/Rugh)

International Research and Outreach: Folkets House-Refugee Relocation Center Malmo Sweden

Spring 2017

In collaboration with Walter P. Moore Engineering (An international structural and facades engineering firm; Skansaka (Swedish Office); ARExA Architects (NYC-Based Design Office); and Milou Group (Swedish Design Office), Nathan King was part of the winning competition entry for the Opportunity Space sponsored by Van Allen Institute. $25,000 of the construction budget will be used to support the research and development of a large deployable glass-fiber and fabric structure. During the spring of 2017, Nathan and a small group of students will construct the superstructure and ship to Malmo Sweden for installation on site. The project will host 3 months of summer programming to support refugee relocation. (King)

Prince William County Research Project

Spring 2017  

We are concluding the second phase of this $100K sponsored project. The first phase was concluded last summer with the publication, Waste Not : Generate – The Prince William County Eco-Park Learning Center. (Dunay/King)

Mzuzu Library and Architecture Curriculum Initiative

Malawi Africa, Summer/Fall Semester 2017

There are many aspirations for a new Mzuzu University Library since a fire engulfed the previous structure in December of 2015. The entire collection, including computer stations and an irreplaceable collection of Malawi heritage artifacts, were lost. The plan is to organize a small team of faculty and students to help Mzuzu University realize a new library. The project will proceed from programming through design development toward collaboration with local architects and the construction of the building. A small team will travel to Malawi during the summer 2017 and schematics and design development will be initiated fall semester. (King/Dunay/Davis) As part of the emerging partnership with Mzuzu University, Professors King and Dunay will be advising on the development of the new undergraduate architecture curriculum. This program will admit students starting in September 2018 within the Department of Land Management at Mzuzu University with the goal of a full faculty of Architecture + Design by 2020. (King/Dunay)

African Design Center – Rwandan Craft

Kigali, Rwanda, Africa, Summer 2016-Summer 2017

In a continuation of ongoing efforts, several students from Architecture and Industrial Design, along with Mark Leach and Jon Rugh, will develop Kigali-Specific furniture-making techniques leading to the design and construction of a suite of elementary school furniture for the m2 foundation primary school expansion in Kigali Rwanda. (King/Leach/Rugh)

Malama Kauai– Farm Workers Housing, Master Planning and Site Analysis

Kauai, Hawaii, Spring 2017-Summer 2018

As part of the new course, “ Global Design and Construction,” developed by Nathan King and Ashley Johnson (Building Construction), the team has established a partnership with the Malama Kauai group that will lead to student outreach and engagement through educational programs and buildings developed in support of regional agriculture in Kauai. The pilot design/build effort involved students from Arch, ID, CEM, and BC who traveled to Kauai to construct a shelter and greenhouse with elementary school students. (King/Johnson(BC))

New Jersey “Tiny Home” Community for the Homeless

Summer 2017-Summer 2018

Currently in negotiation is the master planning, design, and potential construction of 100 small freestanding housing units for a 10-acre homeless encampment in New Jersey. This development is based on rigorous research into community organization for homeless population and is being funded by the local townships. (King)

Additive Manufacturing and Automation in Building Design and Construction Group

Ongoing

A funded collaboration between A+D, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering was launched by King in 2015 to develop a novel large-format robotic 3D printing process to drive partnerships with several industry collaborators. This semester the outcome of the work will be demonstrable building-scale prototypical components made of 3D robotically printed concrete and polymers. (King)

Digital Glass: Enveloping complex surface structures

Blacksburg, Providence, Boston, New York, Spring and Summer 2017

The goal of this work is to combine functional demands of building systems (structure and envelope), formal requirements imposed by design (often double curvature), and the realities of material behavior with advanced computational analysis and digital fabrication. This phase will make use of the expertise offered by the Building Enclosures group of Walter P Moore Engineering, research partner in the present bid and a globally recognized expert in glass analysis and the performance criteria associated with the design and engineering of complex façade systems. The result of this phase of research will be a building scale prototypical envelope for a structural surface produced using computation design and digital fabrication and large format glass slumping facilities at the Autodesk BUILD Space and the Glass Robotics Laboratories at Virginia Tech and Rhode Island School of Design.  (King)

FutureHAUS & Solar Decathlon Dubai

A compendium of current projects, research efforts, and outreach – full report in APPENDIX

Faculty:

Joe Wheeler,AIA, Professor of Architecture

Clive Vorster, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

Bobby Vance, Visiting Instructor of Architecture

The goal of Virginia Tech’s Center for Design Research is to tap into the territories of opportunity that lie between disciplines, academia and corporate initiatives. A new research environment, asserting the exuberant curiosity of undergraduate students, aligned with the disciplined work of graduate students, comprises content areas linking university interests and those of the private sector. The vision is to create an entrepreneurial network of researchers, designers, and students working with corporate partners toward the exploration of new products, systems, and technologies.  

 The current investigation of the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research – FutureHAUS, in collaboration with many industry partners, including DuPont, Kohler, Corning Glass, Philips, Whirlpool, Intel, Microsoft, and Hafele, proposes a new way to build structures by prefabricating the more complex components of homes as “cartridges.”   This hybrid method of building involves the delivery to the jobsite of prefinished house components, such as whole kitchens, bathrooms, audiovisual walls, and mechanical and electrical closets, to minimize complex on-site construction.  This process greatly reduces construction time, improves quality control, and accommodates the seamless integration of new technologies. 

 As a proof of concept for the cartridge idea and to truly push the limits of this experimental process, the Virginia Tech research team designed and fabricated the VT FutureHAUS, an Internet of Things home. This smart home seamlessly integrated multiple smart technologies to make living more convenient, more energy efficient, more accessible, more affordable, and more cutting edge. 

 Within the past several years, many cartridge components have been fabricated and exhibited in various trade shows across the country.  The original plan was to erect a multi-story prototype on campus to realize a full scale dwelling complex, however, since a recent fire destroyed our research and lab facility, our plans now are to rebuild the FutureHAUS prototypes in the form of a net-positive energy entry for the Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition, which will occur in November of 2018.

FutureHAUS AY 2016-17 Events and Exhibitions:

  • Research: FutureHAUS “Bedroom/Home Office of the Future”

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show / National Builders Show, Orlando, Fl., Jan 2017

http://www.architectmagazine.com/videos/the-future-of-flex-space-with-futurehaus_o

The FutureHAUS Bedroom and Home Office research prototype demonstrates the concept of flex-space and to effectively reduce the overall footprint of a home.  The smaller footprint results in lower energy use and more affordable housing.  The prototype was built utilizing the FutureHAUS cartridge concept.

  • Kick-off Event at Element Designs, Charlotte, N.C.,  Sept 13, 2016   

With participation of over 15 sponsors of the FH Home Office and Master Bedroom, this day-long event coordinated the project development of the bedroom and office.  Major attendees were representatives from California Closets, Panasonic, Hafele, Pilkington Glass, Columbia Forest Wood Products, Glass Dynamics, Snap-Cab and Corning Glass.

  • USGBC GreenBuild, ProjeKt Home, Los Angeles CA, November 2016

Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS team, with KB Home, Hanley Wood, and KTGY Architects demonstrated a fully constructed, 1,800-square-foot home on the show floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

  • Solar Decathlon Middle East – FutureHAUS Dubai

In preparation for an international competition in November 2018, the FutureHAUS research is being utilized in the development and fabrication of a net-positive energy solar house. Harnessing best practices from manufacturing industries, i.e. automotive and aerospace, which create some of the most sophisticated products, our goal is to design and build modular structures that integrate smart technologies, energy efficient systems, and new materials.  This factory produced, energy-positive home adapts to changing patterns of life and work in the near future. The long-term research goal is to make buildings more efficient, more constructible, more affordable, more livable, and more beautiful. 

  • FutureHAUS: Earthquake Disaster Relief Housing (HUD and FEMA) – Blacksburg, VA., June, 2017 Research Collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects and the Plexos Group.

A full-scale constructed prototype and white paper highlighting VT research was presented to officials from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development in July, 2017.  The project consists of a compact shippable container, which can be deployed on a disaster stricken site to provide immediate housing for families in need.  The shelter, when unfolded into a house form provides a full size kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom.  It also includes power source, potable water, sewer and HVAC.

  • Environmental Systems Lab FutureHAUS Installation, Blacksburg, VA., July 2016

As a home location for the FutureHAUS components, the multiple research prototypes were installed on campus in the ESL research Lab. A recent fire in the facility destroyed all of the FutureHAUS  research prototypes and the research building.  A considerable amount of time has been spent in documentation and accounting for insurance purposes since the fire which occurred in Feb, 2017.

FutureHAUS Awards

  • HIVE 100 Housing Innovation Award, Joseph Wheeler, AIA.  

Recognized as a top 100 innovator for 2016 in the housing industry by Hanley Wood Media Corp. for the innovative research of FutureHAUS. Business Management Category.

http://www.hiveforhousing.com/hive-100/business-management/joseph-wheeler_o

  • Virginia Society AIA Design Award, Nov 2016

State of Virginia, American Institute of Architects Design Honor Award for the LakeHAUS.  A speculative home designed and built by Hauscraft, LLC, a private design/build company owned by Prof. Wheeler and two other partners. As a proof of concept for the VT FutureHAUS research, as a private, summer joint venture with a VT alumnus partner, a speculative 2,200 square foot house was constructed in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The entire house was financed, designed, fabricated, constructed and sold by the small team of VT alumni.  The successful venture drew much media attention and supports the underlying premise that offsite construction has a place in the future of architecture.

  • Blue Ridge AIA Design Award, Oct 2016

Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Design Honor Award for the LakeHAUS.  

FutureHAUS Media Coverage – see full report in appendix

 


 

Faculty Awards and Highlights

 

Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture, received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture [ACSA]  New Faculty Teaching Award at the ACSA ‘s National Conference in March. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the first 10 academic semesters of a full-time architectural teaching career. This marks Ishida’s second recent prominent national recognition. DesignIntelligence named her one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.

The AIA Virginia honored Robert Dunay, professor of architecture and director of the Center for Design Research, with the William C. Noland Medal. The William C. Noland Medal is the highest award bestowed by the American Institute of Architects, Virginia to an architect. The AIA Virginia describes the award as follows: “…the Noland Medal is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, which spans a broad spectrum of the profession, and which transcends the scope of normal professional activities. Only one medal may be bestowed each year.”

Brook Kennedy

Brook Kennedy

Brook Kennedy, assistant professor of industrial design, received a 2016-17 Silver A’ Design Award in the Digital and Electronic Devices Design Category for Macronaut, a compact, magnifying lens for creative inspiration and research that works with the built-in cameras on most smartphones. The product was featured in the journal Zygote Quarterly in January 2017.

Brook Kennedy, Aki Ishida, Margarita McGrath (A+D) and Mohammed Hajj and Lei Zuo (Mechanical Engineering), received the Drillfield smART Paths Award 2016. This was a winning proposal to re-imagine the Blacksburg campus Drillfield paths with a novel illumination system that interprets pedestrian traffic into practical, engaging, active and practical lighting effects. The Drillfield smART Paths project was also selected as Finalists for ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, scheduled on October, 12, 2017. More information: smART Field –VT news  & smART  Field – Roanoke Times

Mehdi Setareh, professor of architecture, assisted by a group of undergraduate and graduate students, has invented a portable tuned mass damper (PTMD) to reduce structural vibrations in buildings. The PTMD significantly improves on existing technology by making vibration control more compact, affordable, simple to set up and tune, and easy to integrate into a structure’s design. The prototype device has reduced vibrations by as much as 40 to 75 percent in tests at the Vibration Testing Lab, as well as in other campus buildings. Setareh also published the second edition of his book, in collaboration with Robert Darvas, Concrete Structures, Second Edition, Spring (2016).

Elizabeth Grant, associate professor of architecture, will have her book, Integrating Building Performance with Design: An Architecture Student’s Guidebook, published by Routledge in July 2017. Here is a summary:

Architects aim to design places that occupants care about and care for, and maintain and enjoy for a long time. Unfortunately, in practice, architects too often relegate concerns of building integrity and comfort to consulting engineers or other specialists. This can result in buildings where these fundamental considerations become afterthoughts, or even worse, are not considered at all. To ensure the creation of truly sustainable structures, architecture students must learn strategies for addressing building performance and ecologically responsible design in their work. But how can you address these seemingly complex parameters while also designing beautiful spaces? Grant’s book answers this question with a straightforward approach to incorporating building performance within the design process. It offers simple exercises along with examples of successful student projects that have made this connection. It also includes case studies of built work to stimulate your creativity and show you what is possible when performance is considered early and often in architectural design.

A team of students working with Elizabeth Grant, associate professor of architecture, have completed a study of the effects of reflective roofs on air temperatures above them and temperatures of building materials and surfaces adjacent to them. The study was funded at $45,000 by the RCI Foundation and conducted by the Center for High Performance Environments. The experimental setup was located at the roof of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine due to its ideal orientation and ease of access. Results of the first phase of the research were presented on March 21, 2017, at the 32nd RCI International Convention and Trade show, in Anaheim, California, and published in Architectural Science Review. The paper can be viewed at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/abUI5JS65apniscUTEJe/full. I will be presenting results from the second phase at the PLEA Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July 2017.

Paul Kelsch, associate professor in landscape architecture at WAAC, co-authored a survey piece on the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway to the Historic American Landscape Survey’s (HALS) national competition and was recognized for excellence with a second-place award.

Laurel McSherry, associate professor in landscape architecture at WAAC and director of the MLA program at WAAC, was awarded a six-month Fulbright Award as a visiting professor at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland for spring and summer of 2018.

Patrick Miller, professor in landscape architecture, and his international research team received a VA ASLA [American Society of Landscape Architects] Professional Merit Award for their research and communication activities on Greening of Cities.

Lisa Tucker, program chair and professor in the Interior Design program, received the national, 2017 Keith Hooks Volunteer Award from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation [CIDA].

Elif Tural, assistant professor in the Interior Design program, received the 2017 Edison Price Fellowship from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting education.

Matt Wagner, assistant professor in the Interior Design program, received the Outstanding Creative Scholarship Award for his project “Lucas Design/Build” at the Interior Design Educators Council [IDEC] South Regional Conference in October 2016.

Brad Whitney, associate professor in the Interior Design program, was awarded Honorable Mention at the Valdosta State University National Art Competition in January 2017. [44 works accepted for show, 8 awards given].

WAAC faculty and student teams have participated in design ideas competitions over the last years and continue to do well. Nathan Heavers, Paul Kelsch, and Laurel McSherry, with students, David Bayer (MLA15) and Rebekah Lawrence (MLA18)’s team’s entry: Re-frame, Re-cast, Re-tell was a semi-finalist in the The Van Alen Institute’s Memorials for the Future Competition. Laurel McSherry is developing her creative works to include design competitions as a mode of creative research, and participated in an invited panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania: “Decoding Design Competitions.”

Mintai Kim, associate professor in landscape architecture, was named a fellow of Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) to study the coastal resilience of the City of Virginia Beach. GeoDesign framework was used to develop an online system to help the city generate a resilient plan through collaborative workshops. The research was incorporated into fall 2016 studio coursework.

Brian Katen and Paul Kelsch, both associate professors in landscape architecture, were nominated for ASLA Fellow. Katen by the VA ASLA for knowledge, and Kelsch by the Potomac ASLA for service to landscape architecture.

Kevin Jones, visiting assistant professor in architecture, won Honorable Mention in the Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition. Architectural design work selected for recognition and exhibit in Historic Richmond’s competition.

Shelley Martin, associate professor in architecture program, was named a Diggs Scholar finalist for 2016 and was also invited to be a Presidential Global Scholar Faculty at the Steger Center in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland during spring semester 2017.

Professor of Architecture Markus Breitschmid was invited to contribute a chapter to a new History of Architecture book series, the comprehensive 4-volume set, Companions to the History of Architecture, edited by eminent scholar Harry Francis Mallgrave, and published by Wiley-Blackwell in London in April 2017 [ISBN: 978-1-4443-3851-5]. Breitschmid’s chapter, titled “Glass House at Cologne,” included in Volume IV: Twentieth-Century Architecture, edited by David Leatherbarrow and Alexander Eisenschmidt, discusses the landmark Glass Pavilion of 1914 by the German architect Bruno Taut.

Joseph Wheeler, professor of architecture, has been named one of the nation’s most innovative people in housing by Hanley Wood for his work on FutureHAUS. He joins prominent awardees, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this week in Los Angeles to receive a HIVE 100 Innovators Award.

A house designed and built by Prof. Joe Wheeler and alumnus Joshua Batman (M.Arch. 2013), assisted by Brandon Lingenfelser, a master’s student in architecture, and Ryan Alkire, a fifth-year undergraduate architecture student, has received an Honorable Mention for Residential Design in the 2016 AIA Virginia Excellence in Architecture Design Awards program. The project also received an Award of Merit from the Blue Ridge Chapter AIA in their 2016 Design + Honor Awards program. Located near Charlottesville, Virginia, the residence, called LakeHAUS, is a 2,200-square-foot home with three bedrooms, two baths, flowing open spaces, abundant natural light, and natural wood walls and floors. It was pre-fabricated, pre-wired, and pre-finished in a warehouse, then delivered in 12 “cartridges” and assembled on site in a fraction of the time and labor required for typical home construction. LakeHAUS is the first built application of principles explored through the ongoing FutureHAUS research project.

Two prints entitled “Once Upon a Time” and “Sun Will Rise Again” by faculty member Rengin Holt were selected for First Street Gallery’s 2017 National Juried Exhibition. Curator Peter Colon of New York’s DC Moore Gallery chose 50 works from over 1,700 entries. The exhibition will begin on June 22nd and continue until July 15th, 2017 at the First Street Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, New York, NY 10001.

 


 

Student Awards and Highlights

 

Amy Groome, a senior in interior design won the national student Steelcase NEXT Interior Design Competition, while Hanna Green was one of five students nationally awarded an honorable mention in the competition. Their work was selected from more than 800 student entries from 65 interior design programs across the nation.

Amy Groome was also a national finalist in the American Society of Interior Designers [ASID] Porfolio Competition.

Interior Design students Elaine DaSilva, Sarah Troegner, and Joevannah Harris were named among the sixteen finalists in the Bienenstock National Interior Design Competition.

The team of Brianna Dazio, Ally Hoehn-Saric, and Reem Bukhamseen were one of three teams selected as winners in the Interior Design Educators Council [IDEC] Regional Competition.

Lauren Delbridge, Olmsted Scholar

On April 6, Virginia Tech sent a cohort of eight undergraduate students, including Lauren Delbridge, a senior majoring in Landscape Architecture, and Kevin Duke, a third-year Architecture student, to present their work in undergraduate research and creative scholarship at the 31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. Lauren’s poster presentation was titled “Coal Ash Wastescape: Designed Remediation of Chesterfield Power Station’s Coal Ash Ponds.” Her mentor is Prof. Wendy Jacobson. Kevin gave an oral presentation titled “Floor Vibration Serviceability: Evaluation and Control.” His mentor is Prof. Mehdi Setareh. More info.

Industrial Design students, Danny Perry, Alyssa Bushhouse and Nick Gazillo were awarded an A’Design Silver Award for “TOSS,” an integrated Laundry Machine and organizer. March, 2016.

Industrial Design students, Quang Pham and Claire Davis Awarded International Cradle to Cradle Student Product Design Awards, April, 2016.

Industrial Design students, Stephen Lynn, Stephen Claffy and David Barrett were Awarded Finalists in the Student IDEA Competition for “Strata,” April, 2016.

Industrial Design student, Stephen Lynn was awarded as a finalist in the IDEO.org Food Waste Challenge for “Sprout,” Spring, 2016.

Industrial Design students, Austin Ledzian and Mark Meardon received an Honorable Mention Award in the International Housewares Competition, January, 2017.

Industrial Design students, Emma Lee, Charlene Lertlumprasert, Genesis Solano, Gerrold Walker and Lane Herring selected as finalists for the Stanford Center on Longevity Award and will be flown to San Francisco to compete in the finals, March, 2017.

Landscape Architecture student, Lauren Delbridge was named the National Olmsted Undergraduate Scholar, receiving $15,000 to continue her research on remediation of heavily disturbed sites. This is the most prestigious award for landscape architecture students in the United States, given by the national Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Lauren Delbridge (BLA17) was also selected to represent CAUS at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference at Duke University. She presented her senior project on remediation of coal ash ponds. “The most challenging aspect of my project was creating a landscape that was more than a beautiful space. I worked to design a system of remediation that would continue to accept coal ash waste as the Chesterfield Power Station continues to burn coal.”

Asheema LeGuerre (BLA16) named winner of the Ragaei Abdelfattah Award from the Virginia Center for Housing Research for her work investigating the redevelopment of an economically disadvantaged community in south Florida.

Becca Good, 4th year (BLA18), won an ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant (ACCIAC). The ACCIAC is a competitive grant program to support student-led research projects in any discipline each summer, with awards of up to $2,000 which can go towards travel, supplies, stipend, and the like…This program directly connects undergraduate students to core ACC university missions of creativity and innovation. Becca intends to study the public spaces in various districts in Hong Kong over the summer. Also, she said: “I will develop it more throughout the summer months and then hopefully go to Hong Kong for a week to ten days toward the end of the summer.”

Ian Hunter, (MLA17), was named semi-finalist in Mississippi Beach Outflow Challenge Competition, Mississippi Department of Environmental Protection. With a background in marine science, and years of research experience in coastal water quality issues in California and Australia, Ian is acutely aware of the consequences of runoff pollution for marine ecosystems and the humans that rely on them, either directly for employment, or indirectly for tourism economies.

The Potomac Chapter ASLA made the following awards to Landscape Architecture students studying at the Washington  Alexandria Architecture Center [WAAC]: Carlin Tacey (MLA2017) Honor Graduate Award, Mary Cadwallender (MLA2017) Merit Graduate Award, and Lauren Habernicht Arledge (MLA2017) Edward B. Ballard Scholarship.

The Virginia ASLA made the following awards to Landscape Architecture students studying on the Blacksburg Campus: Austin Chase (BLA17) Honor Undergraduate Award, Lauren Delbridge (BLA17) Merit Undergraduate Award, Jillian Miller (BLA17) Merit Undergraduate Award and Sherry Wang (MLA17) Merit Graduate Award.

Sara Harrell, first-year landscape architecture, Ph.D. student, received the Citizen Scholar designation for her citizen scholar engagement project “Hike it, Baby! New River Valley.” Her project targets families in the New River Valley area, aiming to bring families together in nature through organized outdoor recreation opportunities. Harrell’s focus is to provide a safe environment for play, learning, and exploration.

The Sharon Fields project in Alleghany County, near Clifton Forge, Virginia, designed and constructed by the 2014-2015 design/buildLAB,* was selected as one of five finalists for the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award in the category “Architecture + Community.” In addition, the Sharon Fields project received a Design Citation from the Blue Ridge Chapter of the AIA in their 2016 Design + Honor Awards program. The project has also received a 2017 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Award in the Civic Contribution category from the American Galvanizers Association; AZZ Galvanizing in Bristol, VA was a sponsor for the project. *Project Team Students (currently 5th-year thesis students): Anuja Das, Luke Dale, Kevin Lee, Kayla Sloan, Casey Walker, Mary Covert, Hunter Stephenson, Sarah Walker, Robert Riggs, Lily Zhuoran Liu, Sophia Xie, Lauryn Jean, Leah Hodgson; Faculty advising on the project are former Associate Professors of Practice, Keith and Marie Zawistowski.

Three Landscape Architecture students swept the CAUS Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition. First place went to Lauren Delbridge (BLA17) who researched the remediation of a heavily disturbed site by addressing the larger issue of coal ash ponds. Her project delves into the complexities of coal ash, the workings of coal-fired power plants, existing engineering strategies, and applied methods of phytoremediation and bioremediation. Abdulmueen Bogis, second-year Ph.D. student, took the second place. Third prize recipient Hamad Alsaiari, third year Ph.D. student, is researching the relationship between transit and density in a preferences study of Multifamily Housing at Transit-oriented Developments: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The landscape architecture program has 12 Ph.D. students in the A+D Architecture and Design Research landscape architecture track. (All are located and working with faculty in Blacksburg).

At the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center [WAAC], the Northern Virginia AIA School Connections Committee annual scholarship this year all three awards went to the following WAAC students: 1st prize: Marium Rahman, first-semester architecture graduate student, Merit Award: architecture thesis student Alyssa Tope, Merit Award: urban design student Volodymyr Babii (who had won first prize the previous year).

Graduate Architecture student Bobby Vance (B.Arch. ’13, M.Arch. ‘17) has been recognized by Hanley Wood for his research work on transformable space. This research is being conducted through the Center for Design Research for the FutureHAUSproject.

 


 

Alumni Awards & News Highlights

 

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 member, were honored at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture, April in Orlando, and also in a Virginia Tech reception. With their awards, Clayborne and Vélez-Alvarez earned Virginia Tech the distinction of being the only architectural program to boast two 2017 national Young Architect alumni winners. More information. Last year, Architecture alumna Erin Carraher (B.Arch. ’02) also received the AIA Young Architects Award.

Heather Woofter (B.Arch. 1991) has been appointed Director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Following her graduation from Virginia Tech, Woofter began her career as a project architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Marks Barfield in London, and Robert Luchetti Associates in Cambridge, Mass. She also earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 2003, Woofter co-founded the award-winning St. Louis-based firm Axi:Ome llc. Joining the faculty at Washington University in 2004, Woofter has served as chair of the graduate architecture program since 2010. She became a full professor in 2015. She had previously served as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech and as a visiting professor at both Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and Konkuk University in Seoul. She also has taught at Boston Architectural College and Roger Williams University. Woofter succeeds Bruce Lindsey, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration and current president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), who has led the school for the past 10 years.

Alex Cheng [BARCH 16] was awarded the final Robert Turner Fontainebleau Scholarship in the summer of 2016. This has been a biennial award for graduating undergraduate and graduate architecture students to attend the summer Fontainebleau Academy program made possible by a gift by alumnus Robert Turner. Several of the past winners have been awarded the top prize for best student in the program. Made possible by funds from the Career Day and a 50% tuition scholarship from Fontainebleau in recognition of our past students’ demonstrated strengths, the school started a new annual award for an architecture student to attend Fontainebleau – Andrew Stepka, rising fourth-year student was the first recipient for summer 2017.

Virginia Tech alumni Ari Horowitz (BS Industrial Design ‘16) and Max Frischman (Finance ‘15) have developed the smartphone-inspired Vessel Wallet that allows users to ‘scroll’ through their cards; the wallet also has a money clip and a compartment for small articles. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Vessel Wallet is smaller and lighter than a cellphone. The project is being funded through Kickstarter.

Industrial Design alumnus Craighton Berman (BS.IDS ‘02) has developed a line of products that celebrate food and drink, including a coffee maker that is “half sculpture/half functional object.” Of his brand, Manual, Berman says, “We design products for rituals… things that will slow you down… Our coffee pot, it takes time. It’s about putting in the effort, and the effort is worth it.”

Ben Coble (BS in Industrial Design, 2009), now a graduate student in the Integrated Design and Management master’s degree program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been awarded the 2016 Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

 


 

Outreach & Engagement Highlights

 

Professional Service

Donna Dunay, professor in the architecture program and director of the International Archive of Women in Architecture [IAWA], began a five-year term as juror presenting awards for the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate HRACRE 2016 Excellence in Development Design Awards Program at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA.

Donna Dunay also continued her long service as a visiting team member for the National Architecture Accrediting Board [NAAB]. In 2016, she participated on a NAAB Visiting Team Report on the School of Architecture at the University of Kansas, where she served as the Team Chair Mentor. She was also nominated to the NAAB Visiting Team at the University of the District of Columbia to assess the accreditation status of the School of Architecture there, and to the 2017 NAAB Canberra Accord Visiting Teams to review member countries for the determination of substantial equivalencies in architectural accreditation in schools and colleges of architecture.

Kay Edge, associate professor in architecture-curated an exhibition of student work at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond, Virginia co-curated with Craig Reynolds, curator, Branch Museum. The exhibition also involved the students in building a portable set of re-useable self-standing wood structures to display the work. She also presented a gallery talk at the opening of the exhibit at the Branch Museum entitled “Reuse the Box.”

Edward Becker, assistant professor in architecture, in the fall 2016, organized and co-led a workshop that paired the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) Research and Education Board and SAFA administration with a selection of practicing architects from across Finland to collectively develop strategies for how SAFA can more effectively engage international members, research, and projects through digital interfaces. Becker codirected this event via Skype with approximately twenty symposium participants in Helsinki.

Brian Katen and Paul Kelsch, both associate professors in landscape architecture, were nominated for ASLA Fellow; Katen by the VA ASLA for knowledge, and Kelsch by the Potomac ASLA for service to landscape architecture.

Mintai Kim, associate professor of landscape architecture, serves as contributing editor of Journal of Korean Landscape Architecture, a co-editor of Landscape Research Record, and a chair of Sustainability Track of CELA. He also serves as a member and reviewer of the science committee of the Journal Digital Landscape Architecture.

Nate Heavers, assistant professor of landscape architecture, is a consultant to the National Cathedral grounds staff in Washington D.C.

Frank Weiner, professor of architecture program, presented an Invited lecture entitled, “Architecture as Still Life,” at the architecture firm of Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Along with Stanford University, the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center [WAAC] hosted a National American Institute of Architecture Students [AIAS] Inaugural Regional Research Symposia with students and local professionals. October 2016.

The Washington Alexandria Architecture Center [WAAC] curated an exhibition of student work in Richmond at Architecture Exchange East, coordinated by Ph.D. student, Ezgi Isbilen. November 2017.

Community Outreach & Engagement

Patrick Doan, assistant professor in architecture, who has since 2014 been a Habitat for Humanity NRV Board Member and has advised and organized the VT Habitat for Humanity student group’s fundraiser – Shack-A-Thon.  Shack-A-Thon had 13 student groups from around the university participating this year and raised over $13,000 toward the future construction of a new student-led design/build house for HFH. Over the past two years, Shack-A-Thon raised approximately $24,000. For his work on these efforts, Patrick Doan was recognized with 2016 CAUS Certificate for Excellence in Outreach. Over the past two years, Doan, with students, has been in the process of developing a single-family house prototype. The first prototype was completed in May 2017. The project was funded in the amount of $10,000 from the NRV HFH with the help of grant from the NRV Home Consortium.

Greg Tew, associate professor in interior design, made presentations to community and civic organizations, including “When ‘Neighboring’ is better than ‘Googling,’” presented during Blacksburg Sustainability Week’s SHED Talks, and “What Makes a Green Rental,” presented at the Green Open House sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Office of Sustainability.

Professor of Practice Martha Sullivan continued the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Micah’s Backpack, which involves students from across the school and from other colleges. This year was the biggest yet, raising over $3,000 for the charity.

The Washington Alexandria Architecture Center [WAAC] conducted a month-long residency during October 2016 at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in partnership with the Northern Virginia AIA, including changing exhibition and public students reviews.

In partnership with the National Building Museum, Design Apprenticeship Program and CityVisions, WAAC students volunteered as teachers.

C.L. Bohannon, assistant professor of landscape architecture, represents our program on the regional, multi-university Steering Committee for Small Cities, addressing a VT research initiative to collaborate with regional academic, non-profit and professional groups to on small city futures.

C.L. Bohannon, assistant professor of landscape architecture, has initiated the Community Engagement Research Lab, which is funded by the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience. Undergraduate students participating in the Summer Community Engagement Lab will actively engage in research that explores one or more components in the design and planning process, from problem definition, design development, and evaluation of design solutions. The lab will provide invaluable training for students planning to pursue an advanced research degree or career in landscape architecture, urban planning and design, or architecture. Bohannon has also been named Affiliate Faculty in the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience.

C.L. Bohannon, assistant professor of landscape architecture is conducting the assessment of community engagement in the design education. The study provides an opportunity to compare learning outcomes of community engagement experiences from the perspective of students. This project will be conducted through a national survey of students in landscape architecture. The goal of this paper is to contribute to design education pedagogy related to community engaged design and praxis.

C.L. Bohannon, assistant professor of landscape architecture, is conducting the “Urban Appalachian Landscape Project” (UALP) The Urban Appalachian Landscape project will provide design and research opportunities to work with distressed urban Appalachian communities through community engagement and capacity building to help address environmental, social, and economic challenges and opportunities for community engagement/development projects. This project is currently divided into three topical areas: Design for Social and Environmental Justice, Design for Place Meaning and Identity and Design for Human and Environmental Health.

Student Design Engagement

Fourth–year landscape architecture students worked this spring with Beth Sholom, a life care community, outside of Richmond, Virginia. Through weeks of intensive research, the students designed multiple courtyards utilizing therapeutic design principles. The designs were presented to Beth Sholom and the students had the great opportunity to present their therapeutic designs at the Virginia ASLA conference at Covenant Woods as well.

The second-year landscape architecture design studio worked with the Jefferson Center for the Arts, in Roanoke on a community engagement project for five weeks. Each student created a master to improve the center’s use of their grounds as well as explored opportunities to renovate the front lawn and entry stairs, plantings, and connections to the interior and exterior areas. Hill Studio, a landscape architecture firm in Roanoke provided support through professional review and design critique and hosted a reception at the final presentation held at the Jefferson Center.

The Community Engagement Pedagogy course, a conjoined undergraduate and graduate  landscape architecture course, worked with the Fries, Virginia, community to identify valued community places and stories that define their sense of place and belonging.

Richard G. Gibbons Virginia Open Space Charrette, LAR Program vertical studio, student charrette focusing on community open space development in Dante, Virginia:   Teams worked with community and county residents to address community open space issues during an intensive seven-day period. The project was supported by the endowed Gibbons’ award, additional funding from the VA Department of Forestry Grant, the Community Design Assistance Center, and the town of Dante.

2016 XTREME LA: Virginia Tech’s Department of Landscape Architecture hosted the 2016 XTREME LA design challenge with the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Landscape Forms. This year’s challenge focused on two unique sites in Blacksburg, Virginia, where the teams developed plans for the potential redevelopment of the 14-acre old Middle School parcel and Houston/Green Street Neighborhood parcel to address and accommodate housing needs in the town for students, families, and retirees. Over an intense two-day period, sixteen young design professionals and sixteen graduate students led by two distinguished Landscape Architects worked together to create comprehensive design plans for the chosen sites. Results published in a white paper by Landscape Forms: “A University. A Town. A Place to Call Home.” http://www.landscapeforms.com/enus/community/pages/Virginia-Tech.aspx

KIDS Tech: BLA students participated in Kid’s Tech University which provides opportunities for kids from several states around Virginia to experience college while exploring STEM programs. BLA students prepared a simple design project and helped kids design a park. Both kids and parents learned about the discipline and profession of landscape architecture through the session.

A joint graduate landscape architecture and architecture studio at the WAAC was recognized by Arlington County for concepts on the continued redevelopment of the Rosslyn Bridge district.  The studio focused on reimagining the Rosslyn, Virginia, waterfront where the George Washington Parkway and Key Bridge create barriers to pedestrian access to the waterfront. Kris Krider and his Arlington County Urban Design Research Team participated. Students presented to members of the local design and planning communities as well as local citizens. The work was covered by local news sites, and The Atlantic’s CityLab website. Faculty presented the work at the 2017 Transportation Research Board’s annual conference.

C.L. Bohannan: Urban Vacancy in Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Association, Roanoke, VA. Fall 2016. Christiansburg Institute Oral History Project, Christiansburg, VA, Fall 2016.

Bill Galloway, associate professor of architecture, engaged his third year architecture studio in a year-long design/build project to develop a prototype for entrance walkway canopies for elementary schools in Montgomery County. The students worked with stakeholders to develop design parameters, presented multiple design proposals to school leaders from which a design was selected to prototype. The prototype was built at our Research and Demonstration Facility and presented to school officials at the end of spring semester.

University Service

Terry Clements, professor and chair of the landscape architecture program, serves as chair of the Academy of Teaching Excellence, and initiated the first year of a university-wide lecture on the transformative role of teaching.

Humberto Rodriguez, professor of architecture and director of the Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture continued to organize monthly faculty meetings of the center that engage faculty across the college and university, as well as attracting interested community members to the monthly presentations.

Diversity & Inclusion

Metropolis magazine named Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the School of Architecture + Design one of the most diverse and inclusive architecture and design schools in the nation. In the article, “Diversity Champions: 8 Schools That Aren’t Just Paying Lip Service To Diversity,” the magazine recognized design and architecture schools that stand out for taking their diversity efforts above and beyond the rest: “From scholarships to inclusive faculty training programs, these schools are game changers, setting a new precedent for more inclusive higher education.”

The School of Architecture + Design hosted participants in Virginia Tech’s inaugural ExploreVT program, a five-day camp that brings high school students from underrepresented and underserved populations to campus to showcase what Virginia Tech has to offer. During their week at Virginia Tech, program participants assisted Architecture Professor Joe Wheeler and a group of Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students with the assembly of a disaster-relief house prototype; Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor C.L. Bohannon led a sketching exercise on campus; and Architecture Instructor Chris Pritchett conducted a screenprinting workshop. The ExploreVT program was organized by the Office for Inclusion and Diversity to give rising high school juniors the opportunity to live in a Virginia Tech residence hall, immerse themselves in a college setting, and learn from faculty from all eight of Virginia Tech’s colleges.

Sharone Tomer, assistant professor in the architecture program, was elected co-chair of INTERSECTIONS, the new initiative of the CAUS Diversity Committee, which promotes diversity and inclusion. In that role, she co-organized and moderated the initiative’s first event, and worked toward organizing events for Spring 2017, including hosting an eminent international scholar in March, and an interdisciplinary panel discussion in April 2017. Building on your research interests and work with INTERSECTIONS, she was invited by the student organization, “Other,” to lead their inaugural event with a public presentation of her research.

The Washington Alexandria Architecture Center [WAAC] held the inaugural Dining on Diversity, a center-wide potluck dinner celebrating the international student body.

Michael Ermann, professor of architecture, working with the CAUS Diversity Committee was instrumental in gaining CAUS’s appearance in Metropolis Magazine in an article titled, “Diversity Champions: 8 Schools That Aren’t Just Paying Lip Service To Diversity.”

The School of Architecture + Design continues to participate in the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), during the summer, as well as during the academic year:

C.L. Bohannon’s ongoing relationship with the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) has helped recruit a minority student in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina A&T. This student will is working with C. L.  on research related to food insecurity and landscape literacy in urban neighborhoods in Roanoke Virginia. C.L. is also actively recruiting students from FAMU, Hampton, and NC A&T for our masters and doctoral programs.

Hunter Pittman, while chair of the graduate programs in architecture, actively recruited students into the Master of Architecture program using the MAOP program as an incentive – there are currently two students in the M.Arch program that are MAOP scholars.

Dave Dugas, current chair of the graduate program, has worked to recruit a new MAOP Student for this coming year.

The School of Architecture + Design continues to provide support for the Virginia Tech Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).

C.L. Bohannon, assistant professor of landscape architecture, serves as an advisory member of the annual ASLA Diversity Summit. The Diversity Summit addresses issues related to the recruitment, retention, and mentorship of designers of difference in the profession of Landscape Architecture.

C.L. Bohannon is a member of the Black Landscape Architects Network (BLAN), a national network of Black Landscape Architects whose mission is to promote opportunities, highlight accomplishments, and mentor minority students and young professionals in Landscape Architecture.

Brian Katen’s research on the African American landscapes and recreation sites throughout the state has continued along with preparation for a renewed collaborative engagement with the staff of the Newman and Art and Architecture Libraries at Virginia Tech and with the Special Collections staff of the Newman Library. This collaboration should establish an online searchable database of African American landscape sites in Virginia, work that adds impetus to the library’s emphasis on digital archives.

Donna Dunay, professor of architecture, serves as a member of the AIA National Diversity Survey Advisory Committee.

Donna Dunay, professor of architecture, advised Ph.D. student Shabnam Kavousi on her organizing the CAUS Diversity Exhibition, “An Exhibition of Cultures,” a university-wide call for art and craftsmanship from cultures in the region and around the world, exhibited in the Art and Architecture Library, Cowgill Hall.

The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) is a center within the School of Architecture + Design. The mission of the IAWA is to document the history of women’s involvement in architecture, interior and industrial design, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, architectural history and criticism, and the records of women’s professional organizations. Prof. Donna Dunay, serves as Chair of the IAWA Board of Directors and Director of the IAWA Center; Prof. Paola Zellner Bassett serves as Secretary and Editor of the IAWA Newsletter, and Prof. Kay Edge serves as Treasurer.

Launched in Fall 2016, the Fire in the Library series organized by the IAWA Group, a special study initiative led by Paola Zellner, assistant professor of architecture, furthered the mission and goals of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA). Fire in the Library hosted discussions with the university community with four Fire in the Library conversations over the academic year; in September, two 2016 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize recipients, Dr. Tanja Poppelreuter, German historian, and Florencia Marciani, Argentine architect, presented their plans for research from their winning proposals. In October, the IAWA Group, supporting the research work of the 2016 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize recipients, presented material uncovered during initial stages of the research. In January, Prof. Sharóne Tomer and Prof. Joseph Bedford, having explored material in the IAWA collections, addressed from their distinct perspectives questions about the role of gender in architecture.

 


 

APPENDIX A:

 

Research & Discovery Catalog

Partial list

Sponsored Research

Brook Kennedy, Aki Ishida, Margarita McGrath (A+D) and Mohammed Hajj and Lei Zuo (Mechanical Engineering), received the Drillfield smART Paths Award 2016. This was a winning proposal to re-imagine the Blacksburg Campus Drillfield Paths with a novel illumination system that interprets pedestrian traffic into practical, engaging, active and practical lighting effects. The Drillfield smART Paths project was also selected as Finalists for ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, scheduled on October, 12, 2017.

Mehdi Setareh, professor of architecture, had the following funded projects during 2016-17:

  • Conducted research on the National Science Foundation funded project, “Floor Vibration Serviceability Studies”, $202,962 (Sole PI).
  • Supervised undergraduate research on “Floor Vibration Serviceability Studies”, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, $36,000 (Sole PI).
  • Worked on a collaborative project with the Department of Education at Radford University on the “Support for Secondary Mathematics Development Center”, funded by the Virginia Department of Education, $6,480 (PI).

He also has submitted a research proposal, “A Study of the Effects on Non-Structural Building Components on Floor Vibration Serviceability and Control” to the NSF in the amount of $334,735.

Landscape architecture program faculty were selected to receive two National Park Service grants. Paul Kelsch is PI for a Cultural Landscape Inventory Contract featuring the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Dean Bork and Mintai Kim are PIs for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. They will collaborate in preparation of a conceptual plan / feasibility study for enhancing the existing National Water Trail. These include funding for 2 to 3 graduate students. The river study will be used as a focus for a fall18 conjoined undergraduate/graduate studio and is being developed with a cross-disciplinary team drawing students and faculty from other colleges across the university.

Kevin Jones Damascus, VA: Conceptual Design for the Reuse of the Former Chevron Site, US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Gilboy, Kevin Jones,

10/10/2016-05/31/2017

Russell County, VA: Russell County Fairgrounds Commercial Building Conceptual Design for Upgrades and Addition and Master Tree Planting Plan, Russell County Fair Association, Other, Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Gilboy, Kevin Jones, 05/02/2016-08/31/2016

Russell County, VA: Russell County Fairgrounds Commercial Building Conceptual Design for Upgrades and Addition and Master Tree Planting Plan, U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the VA Dept. of Forestry, Department of Agriculture, Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Gilboy, Kevin Jones, 05/02/2016-08/31/2016

Michael Ermann

$78,000 and $119,506 for Categorization and Localization of Blast Noise from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense.

Patents

Associate Professor Brook Kennedy has a utility patent in process for the development of Corlayer3d Bio-Inspired 3d Printing Process with Co-inventor Ed Coe, a 2015 graduate of the Industrial Design Program.

Mehdi Setareh, professor of architecture, filed a patent disclosure, “A Portable Tuned Mass Damper with Simple Tuning/Design for the Reduction of Vibrations in Civil Engineering/Architectural Structures”, through the Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties.

Books

Paul Emmons, Marcia Feuerstein and Carolina Dayer, eds., Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture (Routledge, 2016).

Grant, Elizabeth, Integrating Building Performance with Design: An Architecture Student’s Guidebook, Routledge, July 2017.

Setareh, M., and Darvas, R. (2016). Concrete Structures, Second Edition, Springer.

Tucker, Lisa M. Codes, Guidelines and Standards: Applications for Interior Design [Manuscript completed and reviewed by 5 outside reviewers, in final edits for publication December 2017], Bloomsbury Press (368 pages).

Books – Edited

Bedford, Joseph. Imagining Architecture Beyond the End Times, The Architecture Exchange Workshop Series, Architecture Exchange Press 2017.

Book Chapters

Ahrentzen, S., Tural, E., & Erickson, J. “Green Design and Health”. In D. Kopec (Ed.), Health and Wellbeing for Interior Architecture (pp. 77-93). New York, NY: Routledge. June 2017.

Bedford, Joseph. “Hope Through Design,” in Imagining Architecture Beyond the End Times, The Architecture Exchange Workshop Series, Architecture Exchange Press 2017.

Bedford, Joseph. “Being Underground: Dalibor Vesely, Phenomenology and Architectural

Education during the Cold War,” in Re-framing Identities Architecture’s Turn to History

1970-1990; East West Central: Re-building Europe 1950-1990, Akos Moravanszky, & Torsten Lange (editors), Birkhauser, 2017?

Bohannon, C., & Clements, T. Reflections on Community Engagement: Making Meaning of

Experience. In Community-Built Art, Construction, Preservation, and Place (pp. 51-65). Routledge. 2016.

Book Contracts

Brian Katen and C.L. Bohannon have a book contract with Louisiana State University Press for an edited collection of new essays: African American Landscapes since Jim Crow: Narrative, Place , and Memory (working title). Their work has already been recognized and resulted in their participation as invited symposium panelists on Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South, at the University of Virginia. This work will also be featured as part of a fall 2018 topics course within the context of the University’s Intelligent Infrastructure and Human Centered Communities Destination Area.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Tural, Elif, “Organizational Transformations in Community Design Centers: An Analysis through Giddens’ Theory of Structuration Framework.” Journal of Community Practice: organizing, planning, development and change. April 2017. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2017.1309610

Pulay, A., Read, M., Tural, E., & Lee, S. Examining Student Behavior under Two Correlated Color Temperature Levels of Lighting in an Elementary Classroom. Educational Planning, 23(3), 57-69, September 2016.

Setareh, M., and Gan, S. (2016). Study of Human-Structure Dynamic Interactions. In M. Allen, R. L. Mayes, & D. Rixen (Eds.), DYNAMICS OF COUPLED STRUCTURES, VOL 4 (pp. 391-399). Orlando, FL: SPRINGER

Setareh, M. (2016). Vibration Serviceability Issues of Slender Footbridges. Journal of Bridge Engineering, 21(11).

Conference Presentations & Proceedings

Kelsch, Paul, J. Kris Krider, and Jodi La Coe. “Accessing a Riverfront: Reimagining the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Rosslyn, Virginia.” Forthcoming presentation at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January 8–12, 2017.

Lisa M. Tucker, PhD “The Architects Small House Service Bureau: Modeling Sustainable Housing” Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally, London, UK, February 2017.

Lisa M. Tucker, PhD “Sustainability and Interior Design: WELL Building” Building Innovation, Collaborating for a High Performance Future Conference Washington DC, January 2017.

Lisa M. Tucker, PhD “Design History: Design Educator Attitudes about Historic Preservation” IDEC National Conference, Chicago, March 9, 2017.

Tural, Elif, Ahrentzen, S. & Erickson, J., “Is Green Housing Also Healthy Housing? Examining the Evidence”, 48th Annual EDRA Conference, Madison, WI. May 2017.

Tural, Elif. “How to Teach Lighting Design for More Inclusive and Responsive Environments: Elumtools and 3D Printing as Potential Teaching Aids.” 48th Annual EDRA Conference – Poster Session, Madison, WI.  May 2017.

Tural, Elif,  Ahrentzen, S., & Erickson, J. “Is Green Housing Healthy Housing? An Examination of Green Building and Healthy Building Guidelines for Residential Structures” In ACSA/ASPPH Fall Conference. University of Hawaii at Manoa. September 2016.

Wagner, Matthew, Ico Bukvic, and Dane Webster “Immersive Data Visualization Informs the Design of a Responsive Surface” Between Data and Senses: Architecture, Neuroscience and the Digital Worlds International Conference, London, March 2017.

https://www.uel.ac.uk/Events/2017/March/Between-data-and-senses

Wagner, Matthew, Ico Bukvic, and Dane Webster “Using Immersive Digital Environments to Design a Responsive Surface for Educational Multi-Use Spaces” Seventh International Conference on the Constructed Environment, Krakow, Poland, June 2017.

http://constructedenvironment.com/

Kim, K., Kwon, Y., Bohannon, C., & Kim, M. (2016). THE EFFECTS OF PARTICIPATION OF COMMUNITY GARDENING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENSE OF COMMUNITY. In Landscape Research Record Vol. 5 (pp. 153-163). Salt Lake City, UT.

Bohannon, C. L., & Katen. (2016). Siting the Past/Projecting the Future: Public Debate and Richmond’s Landscape of Memory.

Durham, North Carolina.

Numerous faculty have conference presentations accepted through peer reviewed abstracts at national and international conferences of landscape architecture, forestry, and cultural landscape studies. Paul’s CELA 2016 peer reviewed paper, Of Muddy Waters and Presidential Memorials: Erosion and Sedimentation in the Potomac River Watershed, and Mintai Kim and C.L. Bohannon’s co-authored paper, The Effects Of Participation Of Community Gardening On The Development Of Sense Of Community, were accepted for publication in the Landscape Research Record, 5. C.L. Bohannon and Brian also published a referred paper in  Siting the Past/Projecting the Future: Public Debate and Richmond’s Landscape of Memory, an interdisciplinary conference held in Durham, North Carolina.

Publication: Jodi La Coe and Paul Emmons, “Ethereal Matter” In Aki Ishida, Cloud: An Interactive Installation of Light and Sound (Virginia Tech, 2016).

Exhibitions – External

Kay Edge, associate professor in architecture- curated an exhibition of student work at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond, Virginia co-curated with Craig Reynolds, curator, Branch Museum. The exhibition also involved the students in building a portable set of re-useable self-standing wood structures to display the work. She also presented a gallery talk at the opening of the exhibit at the Branch Museum entitled “Reuse the Box.”

Brad Whitney, “Fields and Flow”, exhibit of 37 paintings at XYZ Gallery, Blacksburg, VA

September 2016.

Brad Whitney, “Waves Across the Time Desert” (from Fields and Flow), accepted for show at the Valdosta State University National Art Competition, January 2017. [450 submission, 44 accepted for show.]

Susan Piedmont-Palladino, professor in architecture and director of WAAC, curated the exhibition, Timber City, at the National Building Museum, September 2016-2017.

Chris Pritchard, “The Poster Show”, Armory Art Gallery, Blackburg. [exhibit of 128 original works].

Chris Pritchard [Curator], “Student Poster Exhibit”, xyz gallery, Blacksburg.

Steve Thompson, associate professor in architecture exhibited photographs at the Fall 2016 Art Show: “Our Valleys: A Healthy Place to Live? Photography in the pursuit of public health” exhibition at Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine, Roanoke Virginia

Exhibitions – Internal – Cowgill Lobby

Kevin Jones, visiting assistant professor in architecture, exhibited his Praise the Roof: Drawing on History Competition Entry Exhibit  in Cowgill Lobby held a discussion about the nature of context, architecture, and how we can build contemporary things in historic neighborhoods. November 10, 2016

Invited Lectures

Frank Weiner, professor in the architecture program, presented an Invited lecture entitled, “Architecture as Still Life,” at the architecture firm of Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Bohannon, C. L. (2016). Community Engagement and Design Education. Clemson University.(Seminar, Workshop)

Bohannon, C. L. (2016). Oral Histories as a Process of Collecting Community Narratives. Christainsburg High School.(Workshop,

Seminar)

Bohannon, C. L. (2016). Community Engagement: Linking Communities, Students and Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech: Save our Towns Summit

Interviews

Associate Professor Brook Kennedy was interviewed on With Good Reason (radio), about Bio Inspired Design and the Macronaut education tool, on October 14, 2016 and on Pulse of the Planet, on January 9, 2017.

Panel Presentations

Lisa M. Tucker, PhD IDEC National Conference, Chicago, March 9, 2017 “Designers are Historians: History’s Relevance in Interior Design Education”—panel presentation

Lisa M. Tucker, PhD IDEC National Conference, Chicago, March 10, 2017 “Diversity in Interior Design Education”—panel presentation

Elif Tural, PhD Ahrentzen, S., Tural, E., Demers, R., & Gray, W. (2017, April). Is Green Housing Healthy Housing? In AIA Conference in Architecture 2017, Orlando, FL. (Panel, peer-reviewed).

Laurel McSherry is developing her creative works to include design competitions as a mode of creative research, and participated in an invited panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania: “Decoding Design Competitions.”

APPENDIX B:

Research Centers  Catalog of Full Reports

IAWA Full Report

International Archive of Women in Architecture Center

IAWA Center – School of Architecture + Design

2017 Annual Report provided by Prof. Donna Dunay

The International Archive of Women in Architecture Center is directed by an elected board of advisors, representatives from around the world, dedicated to the IAWA Center mission to:

Find and preserve the records of the pioneer generation of women architects, interior and industrial designers, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners, whose papers may be lost or dispersed if not collected immediately;

Appeal to retired women from these professions who have played a part in the history of the professions to donate their papers to the IAWA;

Appeal to active women architects, designers, and planners to save their papers and to consider donating them to the IAWA at a later date;

Serve as a clearinghouse of information on all women architects, designers, and planners, past and present, and to encourage research on the history of women in these professions through seminars, exhibits, and publications;

Foster cooperation between all libraries or archives containing data on, or collecting material on, women in architecture, design, and planning.

The growing archive consists of sketches, manuscripts, books, individual projects, and the works of an entire career. Primary research materials (unique or original works) preserved in the Archive include architectural drawings, photographs and slides, manuscripts, models, and job files. As a clearinghouse of information about all women in architecture, past and present, the IAWA also collects secondary materials such as biographical information in addition to books and other publications and exhibitions. Through many significant and diverse donations the Archive is growing into a tremendous historical resource. Now housing more than 400 collections, the Archive continues to grow in significance through donations from around the world and contributes to the urgency of the mission.

IAWA Center Symposium, Annual Meeting, and Workshop

The IAWA Center Symposium, Annual Meeting, and Workshop scheduled together in March in support of Women’s Month began with the keynote Red Yellow Orange

from architect, Dr. Leslie Lokko received sponsorship from the CAUS Diversity Committee, The International Archive of Women in Architecture, and Inclusive VT. Professor Leslie Lokko, heads the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. Her contribution was woven throughout with many contributing events.

The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) held its annual symposium on March 23rd and 24th

Speakers/Presentations included:

Anna P. Sokolina, Ph.D., IAWA Honorary Board Advisor

“We Can Do It! The Mission of Milka Bliznakov”

Alice Finnerup Møller, Architect MAA, Denmark

“Architecture in Relation to the Book Arkitekten Viggo Norn”

Fire in the Library Event:

Prof. Lesley Lokko, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

“No More Than Three, Please”

Sharóne L. Tomer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

“The Bind: Architecture And Gendered Aspiration”

Meral Ekincioglu, Ph.D., MIT Visiting Scholar 2014-2016

“Historical Construction of Turkish Women Architects in Postwar U.S.: A Missing Chapter in Feminist Architecture History”

UD/UA

Un Día / Una Arquitecta

“Making Women Architects Visible”

Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA, President KFA, Chicago

“Improving Communication on Large, Complex Projects”

The “Lusus Naturae | Lusus Culturae” Workshop

with Prof. Lesley Lokko, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

In addition, The IAWA @ Special Collections in Newman Library Exhibition was designed and  mounted by IAWA manuscripts curator Samantha Winn along with others, through March 20-27. Newman Library, Special Collections displayed selected original items and papers from women of the IAWA archives.

IAWA Symposium – Workshop Poster by Paola Zellner Bassett

IAWA Group

The fall of this year saw the IAWA Group, as a first course, instituted by Professor Paola Zellner Bassett, to focus upon materials held in the IAWA in Special Collections at the University Library.  As part of the course, students researched collections and heard from visiting researchers while adding to the projects of the Bliznakov Research Prize Award recipients. All investigations contributed to the this compelling dialog presented to the university and to the colleagues from around the world who follow the IAWA with the Fire in the Library seminars.

Fire in the library

Launched in Fall 2016, the Fire in the Library series organized by the IAWA Group, a special study initiative led by Professor Paola Zellner, furthered the mission and goals of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA). Fire in the Library hosted discussion with the university community with four Fire in the Library conversations over the academic year:

In September, two 2016 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize recipients, Dr. Tanja Poppelreuter, German historian, and Florencia Marciani, Argentine architect, presented their plans for research from their winning proposals.

In October, the IAWA Group, supporting the research work of the 2016 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize recipients, presented material uncovered during initial stages of the research.

In January, Prof. Sharóne Tomer and Prof. Joseph Bedford, having explored material in the IAWA collections, addressed from their distinct perspectives questions about the role of gender in architecture.

In March, Prof. Lesley Lokko, architect, Head, Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg; and novelist of Scottish and Ghanean descent, read samples of her work and discussed racial and gender issues in her experience as an author and architect.

IAWA Liaisons

The IAWA Group continued involvement through the year with participation in the IAWA Annual Meeting of the Board of Advisors and the IAWA Symposium and Workshop. Participants in the group were officially recognized and designated IAWA Liaisons by the Board during the annual meeting.

The IAWA Instagram-blog

The IAWA Instagram-blog presented weekly postings, all designed by the Group to further the fascinating accomplishments of women in architecture represented by work from the collection. As a result, this resource is being shared broadly expanding the interest in the IAWA to new regions around the world.

Milka Bliznakov Research Prize 2016

Each year, the IAWA Center issues the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize call for a proposal to conduct research in the IAWA collection on women in architecture and related design fields from architects, scholars, professionals, students, and researchers to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov. The prize bestows a $3000. With this award, the archive encourages the preservation of archival materials related to the work of women who shaped the designed environment to secure for posterity a record of their achievements. This research, in concert with the preservation efforts of the IAWA Center, helps to fill the current void in historical knowledge. Recipients contribute to building the historical record of women in architecture while sharing the research process and conclusions with the university and the ever-attentive worldwide learning community.

This year the IAWA awarded the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize to two projects, $3000 awarded to each. They include:

  • Refugee and émigré female architects before 1940

Dr. Tanja Poppelreuter, Belfast School of Architecture, Ulster University, Belfast, UK, and

  • A synergy between the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) and the Un día | una arquitecta [A women architect | a day] webpage

by Dr. Ines Moisset, Architect, Cordoba, Argentina and Floriencia Marciani, Architect, Cordoba, Argentina along with collaborators – Maria Cecilia Kesmann, Gueni Ojeda, Silvina Barraud, Marcela Roitman, and Lorena Fernandez, all of Argentina.

This group is made up of architects who edit the Un día | una arquitecta webpage. The team is composed of professionals within the field of academic and mass media publishing from several countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay). The group has cooperated with other organizations such as Wikimedia and Col.lectiu Punt6 (Barcelona, Spain). In this particular project, copywriters from Argentina will construct on the project.

The Milka Bliznakov Research – Special Project Award 2016

Life to Architecture: Milka Bliznakov Academic Papers and Records of Russian Women Architects at the IAWA receives the the Milka Bliznakov Research – Special Project Award 2016.

This year, an individual project designated – the Milka Bliznakov Research – Special Project Award 2016 was awarded to Anna P. Sokolina, PhD, Connecticut, USA for her proposal Life to Architecture.

Milka Bliznakov Research Prize Award 2017Announced  

The Milka Bliznakov Research Prize Award 2017 issued through the IAWA website, instagram-blog, and across multiple international platforms will be presented in July 2017.

Noted visitors review IAWA materials and conduct research:

Prof. Dr. Sabine Plakolm-Forsthuber – Institute of History of Art, Building Archaeology and Restoration, University of Technology, Vienna, Austria came to research materials for her project – One Life, two Careers: Austrian-American Architect Liane Zimbler (1892-1987).

Prof. Dr. Kamariyah Kamsah, Selangor, Malaysia known to many as the mother of Malaysian landscape architecture, came to investigate the breadth of Archive holdings.

International Archive of Women in Architecture – IAWA Center News,

“Celebrating 30 Years of the IAWA –18th UIFA Congress,” Fall 2015, No. 25-26

The IAWA Center News presents a synopsis of the 18th UIFA Congress originating in Washington, DC with delegates journeying on to the IAWA at Virginia Tech.

Exhibition Design – IAWA 30X30 Exhibition at the AIA National Headquarters – American Institute of Architects Women in Leadership Summit, Washington, DC, and the University of Maryland, Fall 2017

IAWA Center – American Institute of Architects Women in Leadership Summit

30X30 Exhibition 2017- Washington, DC, University of Maryland

Design is underway for the 30X30 Exhibition to be mounted at two venues in August for the American Institute of Architects Women in Leadership Summit. One installation will open the summit venue in Washington, DC at AIA National Headquarters. In tandem, another design is being created for the Kibel Gallery at the University of Maryland. Both exhibitions will be on view through October.

University Library Grant – Women of Design: Revealing Women’s Hidden Contributions to the built Environment received $232,356 from the University Libraries Grant Council on Library and Informational Resources.

This year University Library proposal – Women of Design: Revealing Women’s Hidden Contributions to the built Environment received $232,356 from the University Libraries Grant Council on Library and Informational Resources. In co-operating together on the IAWA, the Library recognized “the IAWA Center was most instrumental in demonstrating the scholarly breadth and significance of the IAWA. Our partnership demonstrates long-term sustainability to reviewers.” The Library also noted, “we also received outstanding letters of recommendation from scholars who had previously worked with the materials.” The 30X30 Exhibition and the conception and constructed the beginning of the New Visual Archive that accesses the digital collection. http://iawa.lib.vt.edu/ advanced the Library’s position for this award.

Center for Design Research Reports

Center for Design Research: Digital Fabrication & Impact Design

FULL REPORT

A compendium of current projects, research efforts, and outreach.

Faculty

Robert Dunay FAIA, Professor of Architecture

Nathan King DDes, Assistant Professor of Architecture

International Exhibition: ICFF 2017

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York

May 21 – 24

The 2017 exhibition by the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech entitled, Technology and Tradition: Explorations at Intersection of High Tech and High Craft, presents demonstrable prototypes spanning product, furniture, and architectural interventions. These works explore the opportunities presented by the merger computational design, digital fabrication—including Design Robotics and Additive Manufacturing—and contextual, locally appropriate, user centric interventions in a range of materials including wood, glass, metal, clay-based ceramics, etc. The pieces presented here represent global student engagement with partners from industry, academia, and design practice from venues in Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Australia, Austria, and the United States.  (Dunay/King/Leach/Rugh)

International Research and Outreach: Folkets House-Refugee Relocation Center Malmo Sweden

Spring 2017

In collaboration with Walter P. Moore Engineering (An international structural and facades engineering firm; Skansaka (Swedish Office); ARExA Architects (NYC-Based Design Office); and Milou Group (Swedish Design Office), Nathan King was part of the winning competition entry for the Opportunity Space sponsored by Van Allen Institute. $25,000 of the construction budget will be used to support the research and development of a large deployable glass-fiber and fabric structure. During the Spring of 2017 Nathan and a small group of students will construct the superstructure and ship to Malmo Sweden for installation on site. The project will host 3 months of summer programming to support refugee relocation. (King)

Prince William County Research Project

Spring 2017  

We are concluding the second phase of this $100K sponsored project. The first phase was concluded last summer with the publication, Waste Not : Generate – The Prince William County Eco-Park Learning Center. Due to the loss of one of the primary investigators (David Clark), the final submission has been delayed, and in the midst of new projects, work is progressing. The project should close at the end of the semester. (Dunay/King)

Mzuzu Library Initiative

Malawi Africa

Summer/Fall Semester 2017

There are many aspirations for a new Mzuzu University Library since a fire engulfed the previous structure in December of 2015. The entire collection, including computer stations and an irreplaceable collection of Malawi heritage artifacts were lost.

The plan is to organize a small team of faculty and students to help Mzuzu University realize a new library. The project will proceed from programming through design development toward collaboration with local architects and the construction of the building. A small team will travel to Malawi during the summer and schematics and design development will be initiated fall semester. (King/Dunay/Davis)

Mzuzu University Architecture Curriculum

Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa

Spring 2017-Fall 2017

As part of the emerging partnership with Mzuzu University, Professors King and Dunay will be advising on the development of the new undergraduate architecture curriculum. This program will admit students starting in September 2018 within the Department of Land Management at Mzuzu University with the goal of a full faculty of Architecture + Design by 2020. (King/Dunay)

African Design Center – Rwandan Craft

Kigali, Rwanda, Africa

Summer 2016-Summer 2017

A continuation of ongoing efforts several students from Architecture and Industrial Design along with Mark Leach and Jon Rugh will continue to develop Kigali-Specific furniture making techniques leading to the design and construction of a suite of Elementary School Furniture for the m2 foundation primary school expansion in Kigali Rwanda. The results of this research will be a detailed white paper developed in collaboration with the Rwanda Government on the state of the wood industry in Rwanda; design of the elementary school suite (student thesis); international engagement with the African Design Center and further collaboration with MASS Design group. (King/Leach/Rugh)

Malama Kauai– Farm Workers Housing, Master Planning and Site Analysis

Kauai, Hawaii

Spring 2017-Summer 2018

As part of the new course “ Global Design and Construction” developed by Nathan King and Ashley Johnson (Building construction) the team has established a partnership with the Malama Kaui group that will lead to student outreach and engagement through educational programs and buildings developed in support of regional agriculture in Kauai. The pilot design/build effort is ongoing this semester with students from Arch, ID, CEM, and BC who will travel to Kauai to construct a shelter and greenhouse with elementary school students. During this time the students will also be conducting site analysis and stakeholder engagement for the larger campus and prototypical farmworker housing. (King/Johnson(BC))

New Jersey “Tiny Home” Community for the Homeless

Summer 2017-Summer 2018

Currently in negotiation is the master planning, design, and potential construction of 100 small free standing housing units for a 10-acre homeless encampment in New Jersey. This development is based on rigorous research into community organization for homeless population and is being funded by the local townships. This project is led by Nathan King but could also serve as a good outlet for Design/Build interests of other faculty as things develop. (King)

Additive Manufacturing and Automation in Building Design and Construction Group

Ongoing

A funded collaboration between A+D, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering launched by King in 2015 the group has developed a novel large format robotic 3D printing process that is driving partnerships with several industry collaborators. This semester the outcome of the work will be demonstrable building-scale prototypical components made of 3D –Robotically printed concrete and polymers. (King)

Digital Glass: Enveloping complex surface structures

Blacksburg, Providence, Boston, New York

Spring and Summer 2017

The goal of this work is to combine functional demands of building systems (structure and envelope), formal requirements imposed by design (often double curvature), and the realities of material behavior with advanced computational analysis and digital fabrication. This phase will make use of the expertise offered by the Building Enclosures group of Walter P Moore Engineering, research partner in the present bid and a globally recognized expert in glass analysis and the performance criteria associated with the design and engineering of complex façade systems. The result of this phase of research will be a building scale prototypical envelope for a structural surface produced using computation design and digital fabrication and large format glass slumping facilities at the Autodesk BUILD Space and the Glass Robotics Laboratories at Virginia Tech and Rhode Island School of Design.  (King)

Center for Design Research Reports – FutureHAUS & Solar Decathlon Dubai

FutureHAUS Summary

Faculty

Joe Wheeler,AIA, Professor of Architecture

Clive Vorster, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

Bobby Vance, Visiting Instructor

The goal of Virginia Tech’s Center for Design Research is to tap into the territories of opportunity that lie between disciplines, academia and corporate initiatives. A new research environment, asserting the exuberant curiosity of undergraduate students aligned with the disciplined work of graduate students, comprises content areas linking university interests and those of the private sector. The vision is to create an entrepreneurial network of researchers, designers, and students working with corporate partners toward the exploration of new products, systems, and technologies.  

The current investigation of the Virginia Tech, Center for Design Research, in collaboration with many industry partners including DuPont, Kohler, Corning Glass, Philips, Whirlpool, Intel, Microsoft, and Hafele, proposes a new way to build structures by prefabricating the more complex components of homes as “cartridges.”   The hybrid method of building which involves the delivery to the jobsite of prefinished house components such as whole kitchens, bathrooms, audio visual walls, and mechanical and electrical closets, minimizes complex on-site construction.  This process greatly reduces construction time, improves quality control and accommodates the seamless integration of new technologies. 

 As a proof of concept for the cartridge idea and to truly push the limits of this experimental process, the Virginia Tech research team has designed and fabricated the VT FutureHAUS, an Internet of Things home. This smart home seamlessly integrates multiple smart technologies to make living more convenient, more energy efficient, more accessible, more affordable and more cutting edge. 

 Within the past several years, many cartridge components have been fabricated and exhibited in various trade shows across the country.  The original plan was to erect a multi-story prototype on campus to realize a full scale dwelling complex, however, since a recent fire destroyed our research and lab facility, our plans now are to rebuild the FutureHAUS prototypes in the form of a net zero energy entry for the Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition which will occur in November of 2018.

FutureHAUS AY 2016-17 Events and Exhibitions:

  • Research: FutureHAUS “Bedroom/Home Office of the Future”

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show / National Builders Show, Orlando, Fl.,  Jan 2017

http://www.architectmagazine.com/videos/the-future-of-flex-space-with-futurehaus_o

The FutureHAUS Bedroom and Home Office research prototype demonstrates the concept of flex-space and to effectively reduce the overall footprint of a home.  The smaller footprint results in lower energy use and more affordable housing.  The prototype was built utilizing the FutureHAUS cartridge concept and contains the following features:

  • High-Performance Exterior Modular Wall Panel

A modular wall assembly integrating factory applied fluid TYVEK product (w/ VT Chemistry dept.) demonstrating dynamic translucent window insulation, integrated phase-change wall technology and utilizing factory precut and prefinished modular interior wall system

  • Closet of the Future with California Closets

Dynamic closet cartridge to demonstrate “flex” space between the home office and  bedroom wardrobe inventory management system (RFID) w/ smart dressing room mirror

  • Home Office Smart Wall

Corning Glass wall with integrated, 75” interactive smart display  

HD TV can be rotated 180 degrees between office and bedroom

  • Bedroom and Office Interiors

Pre-finished wall panels with integrated art and electronic interfaces

Energy harvesting technology on interior surfaces

  • Kick-off Event at Element Designs. Charlotte, N.C.  Sept 13, 2016   

With participation of over 15 sponsors of the FH Home Office and Master Bedroom, this day-long event coordinated the project development of the bedroom and office.  Major attendees were representatives from California Closets, Panasonic, Hafele, Pilkington Glass, Columbia Forest Wood Products, Glass Dynamics, Snap-Cab and Corning Glass.

  • USGBC GreenBuild. ProjeKt Home, Los Angeles CA,  November 2016

Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS team, with KB Homes, Hanley Wood, and KTGY Architects demonstrated a fully constructed, 1800 square foot home on the show floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center.  

VT’s role was to do the following:

  • Work with KTGY to design the house to be assembled from a set of prefabricated “cartridges.”
  • Design the bedroom and living room to demonstrate a concept of “flex space” through the use of a dynamic audio visual wall which allows the rooms to adjust in size to accommodate different program throughout the day and night…i.e. entertaining, working, sleeping.
  • Demonstrate smart technology from the FutureHAUS;  the smart mirror concept from the VT bathroom.
  • Solar Decathlon Middle East – FutureHAUS Dubai.  

In preparation for an International Competition in November 2018, the futurehaus research is being utilized in the development and fabrication of a net positive energy solar house.  Utilizing best practices from manufacturing industries, i.e. automotive and aerospace, which create some of the most sophisticated products, our goal is to design and build modular structures that integrate smart technologies, energy efficient systems, and new materials.  This factory produced, energy-positive home adapts to changing patterns of life and work in the near future. The long-term research goal is to make buildings more efficient, more constructible, more affordable, more livable, and more beautiful.  The objectives for the project include the following:

-To educate the public about energy, sustainability, and enabling technologies

-To seamlessly integrate technology with architecture 

-To demonstrate to the building industry new ways of fabrication to modernize architecture

-To inform homeowners about personal energy use and influence responsible use patterns

-To demonstrate how smart homes save energy

-To demonstrate the importance of efficient space planning and adaptable environments

By manufacturing pre-assembled home components such as kitchens, bathrooms, mechanical and electrical rooms in the form of “cartridges,” the smart home can become more accessible to the mainstream housing market and influence building occupants in a positive way.  Prefinished “plug-and-play” components simplify the construction process and allow for effortless integration of sophisticated systems that make an affordable, net-positive energy home possible.

  • FutureHAUS : Earthquake Disaster Relief Housing (HUD and FEMA) – Blacksburg, VA., June, 2017 Research Collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects and the Plexos Group.

A full-scale constructed prototype and white paper highlighting VT research which will be presented to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in July, 2017.  The project consists of a compact shippable container which can be deployed on a disaster stricten site to provide immediate housing for families in need.  The shelter, when unfolded into a house form provides a full size kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom.  It also includes power source, potable water, sewer and hvac.

This project, in addition to a full scale single family home prototype constructed by the futurehaus team in Charlottesville, VA (2016),  a fast-build kitchen renovation project installed in a Florida home (July 2016 and  other multi family prototype designs will be presented to HUD Leadership in late July for consideration of future housing research funding.

  • Environmental Systems Lab FutureHAUS Installation,  Blacksburg, VA., July 2016-

As a home location for the FutureHAUS components, the multiple research prototypes were installed on campus in the ESL research Lab. A recent fire in the facility destroyed all of the FutureHAUS  research prototypes and the research building.  A considerable amount of time has been spent in documentation and accounting for insurance purposes since the fire which occurred in Feb, 2017.

FutureHAUS  Awards

  • HIVE 100  Housing Innovation Award,  Joseph Wheeler, AIA.  

Recognized as a top 100 innovator for 2016 in the housing industry by Hanley Wood Media Corp. for the innovative research of FutureHAUS. Business Management Category.

http://www.hiveforhousing.com/hive-100/business-management/joseph-wheeler_o

  • Virginia Society AIA Design Award, Nov 2016

State of Virginia, American Institute of Architects Design Honor Award for the LakeHAUS.  A speculative home designed and built by Hauscraft,LLC, a private design build company owned by Prof. Wheeler and two other partners. As a proof of concept for the VT FutureHAUS research, as a private, summer joint venture with a VT alumnus partner, a speculative 2200 square foot house was constructed in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The entire house was financed, designed, fabricated, constructed and sold by the small team of VT alum.  The successful venture drew much media attention and supports the underlying premise that Offsite Construction has a place in the future of architecture.

  • Blue Ridge AIA Design Award, Oct 2016

Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Design Honor Award for the LakeHAUS.  

FutureHAUS Media Coverage

  1. Publications and Media Outreach  (July 2016-July 2017)
  • The Old Farmers Almanac 2017 Edition.  21st Century Housing: Future Trends in Architecture.

Quoted about the future of house production.  2017 Issue.

  • Hanley Wood HIVE 100: Joseph Wheeler – HIVE – Joe Wheeler named one of the nation’s most innovative people in housing by Hanley Wood for his work on FutureHAUS

August 29, 2016

http://www.hiveforhousing.com/hive-100/business-management/joseph-wheeler_o

  • Builder Magazine: Greenbuild Show Home Takes a Modular Plug-and-Play Approach – The project demonstrates a unique panelized method of residential construction.

Jennifer Goodman, October 05, 2016

http://www.builderonline.com/design/projects/greenbuild-show-home-takes-a-modular-

  • Builder magazine: ProjeKT Runway – Five key take-away learnings from the KB Home ProjeKt initiative and its impact on the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

John McManus, October 11, 2016

http://www.builderonline.com/builder-100/strategy/projekt-runway_o

  • Builder magazine: The Flexible Space of the Future – Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt partner Virginia Tech demonstrates its movable wall.

Jennifer Castenson, November 01, 2016

http://www.builderonline.com/design/the-flexible-space-of-the-future_o

  • Builder magazine: Prefab Cartridge-Built Home Honored for Its Design Smarts

Jennifer Goodman, November 11, 2016

http://www.builderonline.com/building/building-science/prefab-cartridge-built-home-honored-for-its-design-smarts_o

  • BUILDER magazine: IBS-KBIS Preview -The Smart Bedroom of the Future – At KBIS 2017, the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research will reveal its futuristic smart bedroom and home office concept, complete with movable walls and a digital closet.

Leah Demirjian, December 12, 2016

http://www.builderonline.com/design/technology/ibs-kbis-preview-the-smart-bedroom-of-the-

  • Chicago Tribune – Wired toilets and other reasons to design a high-tech bathroom – Bathrooms today are more technological than ever before, according to a Houzz Bathroom Trends Report.

Danielle Braff, September 13, 2016

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/home/sc-cons-0915-bathroom-tech-20160913-story.html

  • New Jersey Herald – Wired toilets and other reasons to design a high-tech bathroom

Danielle Braff/Chicago Tribune (TNS), September 23, 2016

http://www.njherald.com/article/20160923/ARTICLE/160929998#

  • Construction Dive: Virginia Tech’s Modular FutureHAUS Offers Smart Home Concepts in a Sea of Products

Hallie Busta, January 12, 2017

http://www.constructiondive.com/news/virginia-techs-modular-futurehaus-offers-smart-home-concepts-in-a-sea-of-p/433893/

  • Yahoo! Finance – FutureHAUS is a home without buttons, but with plenty of tricks

Jenny McGrath, January 16, 2017

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/virginia-tech-futurehaus-no-switches-211552154.html

  • TEDx Talks – FutureHAUS: From Molecules to Modules | Joseph Wheeler | TEDxVirginiaTech

Published February 02, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52H6fAwFs6M

  • Architect Magazine – The Future of Flex Space with FutureHaus

February 09, 2017

http://www.architectmagazine.com/videos/the-future-of-flex-space-with-futurehaus_o

  • Hanley Wood HIVE: The FutureHAUS Brings the Future of the Jetsons to the Now

Jennifer Castenson, February 09, 2017

http://www.hiveforhousing.com/design/residential/the-futurehaus-brings-the-future-of-jetsons-to-the-now_o

  • Hive for Housing – The Future of Flex Space with FutureHaus

February 09, 2017

http://www.hiveforhousing.com/videos/the-future-of-flex-space-with-futurehaus_o

  • TecHome Builder – A Smart Home to Challenge the Industry – The goal is to change the way luxury builders and integrators think about the smart home.

Mike Black, May 19, 2016

http://techomebuilder.com/emagazine-articles-1/a-smart-home-to-challenge-the-industry

  • WDBJ – Take a look inside Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS, the home of tomorrow – BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The future is here. Virginia Tech is giving us a clearer picture of what our houses may look like beyond 2016.

Justin Ward, June 07, 2016

http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Home-of-the-future–382155021.html

  • NRVNews – Take a look inside Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS, the home of tomorrow – (WDBJ7) The future is here. Virginia Tech is giving us a clearer picture of what our houses may look like beyond 2016.

June 08, 2016

http://nrvnews.com/virginia-tech/take-a-look-inside-virginia-techs-futurehaus-the-home-of-tomorrow/

  • School of Architecture + Design – FutureHAUS Prominent in University’s Focus on Intelligent Infrastructure

June 15, 2016

http://archdesign.vt.edu/news/2015-16/1721.php

Clipgoo – Virginia Techs Futurehaus Unveils New Bathroom In Las Vegas A Voice Controlled Projector Integrated Into The Shower Shows Videos On Glass Wall Separating Bathtub From Tub Itself

August 09, 2016

http://clipgoo.com/ja/212453121/virginia-techs/212453/

The Star Online – Wired toilets and other reasons to design a high-tech bathroom

Danielle Braff, September 26, 2016

http://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2016/09/26/wired-toilets-and-other-reasons-to-design-a-high-tech-bathroom/

  • Kitchen & Bath Business – KBIS Introduces the All-New KBISNeXT™ Experience

September 29, 2016

https://www.kbbonline.com/news/awards-events/kbis-introduces-new-kbisnext-experience/

  • VT News – Virginia Tech to build FutureHAUS Dubai for 2018 international solar competition – After winning the top collegiate prize for the world’s best solar house in 2010, Virginia Tech is gearing up to do it again.

Marya Barlow, October 05, 2016

http://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/10/caus-decathlon-me.html#.V_Yk-HrqLFE.facebook

  • School of Architecture + Design – Virginia Tech to Design and Build FutureHAUS Dubai for 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East

October 06, 2017

http://archdesign.vt.edu/news/2016-17/1766.php

  • Augusta Free Press – Virginia Tech to build FutureHAUS Dubai for 2018 international solar competition

October 07, 2016

http://augustafreepress.com/virginia-tech-build-futurehaus-dubai-2018-international-solar-competition/

  • VT News – TEDxVirginiaTech speakers will share ideas of inspiration Nov. 10

Steven Mackay, October 10, 2016

https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/10/Science-tedxvirginiatech2016.html

  • VT News – First home built in FutureHAUS style earns design award

Marya Barlow, November 08, 2016

https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/11/CAUS-WheelerAIA.html

  • VT CAUS – First residential home built in FutureHAUS style earns AIA Virginia award

Robert Vaughan, November 09, 2017

https://www.caus.vt.edu/first-residential-home-built-in-futurehaus-style-earns-aia-virginia-award/

  • Home Ideas – Bathrooms of the longer term – Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS rest room shows what’s attainable.

November 14, 2016

http://homeideass.info/category/bathrooms/

  • CAUS VT – FutureHAUS in the Wall Street Journal

Robert Vaughan – November 17, 2017

https://www.caus.vt.edu/futurehaus-in-the-wall-street-journal/

  • Kitchen & Bath Design News – KBIS Heads to Orlando

November 23, 2016

http://www.kitchenbathdesign.com/kbis-heads-to-orlando/

  • VT News – Virginia Tech debuts the bedroom and home office of FutureHAUS

Marya Barlow, January 02, 2017

http://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2017/01/CAUS-FutureHAUS.html#.WGv2mZPHBnY.facebook

  • Retail Observer: Virginia Tech debuts FutureHAUS Bedroom and Home Office at KBIS

January 2017

http://www.e-digitaleditions.com/i/767361-january-2017

  • WSLS (NBC 10): Students at Virginia Tech unveil future home

Patricia Martellotti, January 03, 2017

http://wsls.com/2017/01/03/students-at-virginia-tech-unveil-future-home/

  • WSLS story was placed on the regional feed and aired in multiple markets, including:

Richmond, Norfolk/Newport News/Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads, Harrisonburg, Greenville, S.C., Buffalo, NY, Mobile, AL, Green Bay, WI, and Springfield, MA, among others.

  • WFXR (Fox 21/27): Virginia Tech professors and students build house of the future

Sophia Borrelli, January 03, 2017

http://www.virginiafirst.com/news/local-news/virginia-tech-professors-and-students-build-house-of-the-future/635609452

  • WDBJ7 (CBS): Virginia Tech team completes futuristic bedroom and home office

Eamon O’Meara, January 03, 2017

http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Virginia-Tech-team-completes-futuristic-bedroom-and-home-office-409605785.html

  • Construction Dive: Virginia Tech debuts final phase of modular FutureHAUS concept

Sean Barry, January 04, 2017

http://www.constructiondive.com/news/virginia-tech-debuts-final-phase-of-modular-futurehaus-concept/433293/

  • Modular Home Builder: Virginia Tech to display FutureHAUS at IBS

January 04, 2017

http://www.modularhomecoach.com/2017/01/virginia-tech-to-display-futurehaus-at.html

  • KCRG (ABC): University team completes futuristic bedroom and home office

Eamon O’Meara, January 05, 2017

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/409777855.html

  • Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech shows off futuristic house – The home, which can be put together in cartridges, includes sliding walls, touchscreens and other cutting-edge technology.

Jacob Demmitt, January 05, 2017

http://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/tech-shows-off-futuristic-house/article_0dcd88e8-fb4b-50ab-959d-14e359f34ba7.html

  • Houston Chronicle: Builders are making bold choices with these 7 home-design trends

Diane Cowen, February 6, 2017

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/home/design/article/Builders-are-making-bold-choices-with-these-7-10912581.php

  • Thenet24th – Virginia Tech debuts the bedroom and home office of FutureHAUS

January 05, 2017

http://society.thenet24h.com/156241/virginia-tech-debuts-bedroom-and-home-office-futurehaus.html

  • KBIS Pressroom – Virginia Tech FutureHAUS: Where high-tech meets pre-fab

January 06, 2017

http://kbispressroom.com/virginia-tech-futurehaus-where-high-tech-meets-pre-fab/

  • KBIS Pressroom – Ultimate Kitchen + Bath and FutureHaus Are Part of the Agenda for Element Designs at KBIS 2017

Beata Klecha, January 09, 2017

http://kbispressroom.com/ultimate-kitchen-bath-and-futurehaus-are-part-of-the-agenda-for-element-designs-at-kbis-2017/

  • Element Designs – Element Designs’ Products Featured Prominently At This Year’s KBIS

January 09, 2017

https://www.element-designs.com/blog/element-designs-products-featured-prominently-at-this-years-kbis/

  • News-Messenger: Virginia Tech Unveils ‘House of the Future’

Anaika Miller,  January 09, 2017

http://mountainmedianews.com/index.php/2017/01/09/virginia-tech-unveils-house-of-the-future/

  • Whirlpool Corporation – Whirlpool Corporation Highlights Consumer-Focused Innovation, Industry Expertise at Design & Construction Week

Lauren Neuman, January 09, 2017

http://investors.whirlpoolcorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=1007076

  • Custom Home: Editors’ IBS Picks: The most exciting sessions, exhibits, products, and must-see items for this week’s big show

BUILDER Staff, January 10, 2017

http://www.customhomeonline.com/products/editors-ibs-picks_s

  • KBIS Pressroom – Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS reinvents the bedroom and home office

January 11, 2017

http://kbispressroom.com/virginia-techs-futurehaus-reinvents-the-bedroom-and-home-office/

  • Contractor Magazine: The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS is where high-tech meets pre-fab

January 12, 2017

http://m.contractormag.com/kitchen-bath-industry-show/continuing-coverage-kbis-2017#slide-1-field_images-432841

  • The New Castle Record – Virginia Tech unveils ‘house of the future’

Anaika Miller,  January 14, 2017

http://www.newcastlerecord.com/feed/virginia-tech-unveils-house-of-the-future/

  • Digital Trends: FutureHAUS is a home without buttons, but with plenty of tricks

Jenny McGrath, January 16, 2017

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/virginia-tech-futurehaus-kbis-2017/

  • WN.com – The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS has no switches, no outlets, and a moving wall

Jenny McGrath, January 16, 2017

https://article.wn.com/view/2017/01/16/The_Virginia_Tech_FutureHAUS_has_no_switches_no_outlets_and_/

  • Butchko and Company –  A futureHAUS with Movable Walls & Storage & A Smart Closet

Denise Butchko, January 16, 2017

http://butchkoandcompany.com/b2b/2017/01/16/a-futurehaus-with-movable-walls-storage-a-smart-closet/

  • Mobile Mag – Virginia Tech FutureHAUS is Really a Future House with No Buttons

KC Curay, January 17, 2017

https://www.mobilemag.com/2017/01/17/virginia-tech-futurehaus/

  • StudyArchitecture.com – via Mobile Mag – Virginia Tech FutureHAUS is Really a Future House with No Buttons

KC Curay, January 17, 2017

http://www.studyarchitecture.com/blog/school-news/virginia-techs-futurehaus-explores-pre-fab-future-housing/

  • Woodworking Network: An intuitive house with flexible walls and storage at KBIS 2017

Denise Butchko, January 18, 2017

http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/closets/intuitive-house-flexible-walls-and-storage-kbis-2017

  • Noti Express Color – Futurehaus, la casa del futuro

January 18, 2017

http://www.notiexpresscolor.com/2017/01/18/futurehaus-la-casa-del-futuro/

  • California Closets Blog – The Final Phase of Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS Revealed at KBIS

January 20, 2017

https://www.californiaclosets.com/blog/the-final-phase-of-virginia-techs-futurehaus-revealed-at-kbis/

  • Lynchburg News-Advance: Virginia Tech shows off futuristic house

Jacob Demmitt, January 05, 2017

http://www.newsadvance.com/work_it_lynchburg/news/virginia-tech-shows-off-futuristic-house/article_108ed715-ec45-57b6-8371-9bd12ca05922.html

  • VT News – Virginia Tech FutureHAUS wows crowds at KBIS

Marya Barlow, January 19, 2017

https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2017/01/CAUS-FutureHAUS-KBIS.html#.WIHoDlUNgvE.facebook

  • School of Architecture + Design – FutureHAUS Featured at Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

January 20, 2017

http://archdesign.vt.edu/news/2016-17/1783.php

  • CAUS VT – Virginia Tech FutureHAUS wows crowds at KBIS

Marya Barlow, January 20, 2017

https://www.caus.vt.edu/futurehaus-wows-crowds-at-kbis/

  • JB Knowledge – ConTechTrio Podcast Episode 51 – World of Concrete Highlights, Samsung’s New Smartwatch, & Interview with Brent Darnell on Emotional Intelligence in Construction

January 24, 2017

http://jbknowledge.com/contechtrio-podcast-episode-51-brent-darnell-international

  • Element Designs Blog – KBIS – The Future is Here

January 25, 2017

https://www.element-designs.com/blog/kbis-the-future-is-here/

  • FEBA NET – Reasons For Homeowners To Design A High-Tech Bathroom

Joyce E Martin, January 30, 2017

https://www.febanet.com/reasons-for-homeowners-to-design-a-high-tech-bathroom/

  • United Rentals/MyFixItUpLife blog: The Future of Building: Cartridge Construction

Mark Clement

https://www.unitedrentals.com/en/projectuptime/technology/cartridge-construction

  • New Home Source – FutureHAUS: Virginia Tech Reinvents the Bedroom and Home Office

Robyn A. Friedman

https://www.newhomesource.com/resourcecenter/articles/futurehaus-reinvents-bedroom-and-home-office