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Aki Ishida named a top national architectural educator

Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been named one of the nation’s leading new faculty in architecture. Ishida received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s 2016-2017 New Faculty Teaching Award at the organization’s national…

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CAUS young alumni dominate national American Institute of Architects Awards

Two of 14 architects earning top honors as national American Institute of Architects 2017 Young Architects Award winners launched their careers in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Corey Clayborne, a 2004 graduate of the School of Architecture + Design, and Luis Vélez-Alvarez, a…

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SOVA Hokies ‘Make a Mark’ in 12-hour design-a-thon for nonprofits

A one-day design marathon led and executed largely by Hokies delivered critically needed free marketing materials to 18 area nonprofits. Over 12 hours, designers and developers at Make a Mark’s Roanoke-Blacksburg Make-a-Thon produced websites, brochures, mobile apps, logos, social media campaigns, and other essentials for…

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Jack Davis to step down as dean of College of Architecture and Urban Studies

A.J. (Jack) Davis will step down as dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech on June 30, 2017, at the conclusion of his second term as dean. Davis will have led the college for 11 years. He was the sixth…

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Lauren Delbridge: Turning wastescapes into valued landscapes

2017 Landscape Architecture grad Lauren Delbridge recently won the nation’s top undergraduate prize and $15,000 from the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Her senior thesis project to transform coal ash ponds into public ecological and educational resources earned a prestigious 2017 National Olmsted Scholar award. The Olmstead…

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Luke Dale: Architecture in America and Africa

 Luke Dale graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and started a competitive paid internship with MASS Design Group, working in the firm’s Boston and Kigali, Rwanda, offices.   What’s your hometown?  Medford, New Jersey What are you doing now?  I accepted a…

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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 in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. Virginia Tech is one of 22 universities chosen through a competitive process for the global competition...
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CAUS+effect dean’s message from A. Jack Davis

Greetings and welcome to the inaugural issue of CAUS+effect, an e-newsletter for alumni and friends, sharing some of the latest news from around the college. In this issue, you’ll read stories about our outstanding new graduates; find out the latest top news from each of…

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Richard Blythe named dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Richard Blythe, an award-winning architect and educator with more than 25 years in higher education and architectural practice, has been named dean of the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS). Blythe, professor and dean of RMIT University School of Architecture and Design...
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DesignIntelligence Best Architecture and Design Schools Surveys

Surveys for DesignIntelligence Ranking of “AMERICA’S BEST ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN SCHOOLS: Student/new alumni survey: Dear current students and alumni within two years, Please take a few minutes to complete this survey on your education at Virginia Tech. Your participation helps determine the School of Architecture + Design’s placement in national…

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Senior Nicole Norris ‘racks up’ international design prize

Nicole Norris, a senior majoring in industrial design, won second place and $2,000 in the 2017 Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association. Her design, Wrinklerack Compact Ironing Station, combines a mirror, ironing board, and clothes rack for sleek décor and storage. Wall-mounted for stability with a support…

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FutureHAUS in ARCHITECT

ARCHITECT magazine and Hanley Wood Media visited the Virginia Tech FutureHAUS team for a behind-the-scenes tour of the fourth and final phase, the Bedroom and Home Office of the Future, at KBIS 2017 in Orlando. In this video, CAUS Professor Joe Wheeler and Program Manager…

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Senior Amy Groome wins national interior design award

Virginia Tech interior design major Amy Groome won the top national prize at the Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition last month – beating out more than 800 students from 65 colleges. Groome, a senior in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies from Oakton, Virginia, won…

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Virginia Tech’s Aki Ishida recognized as one of the nation’s top architectural educators

Aki Ishida, assistant professor of architecture in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has been named one of the nation’s leading new faculty in architecture. Ishida received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s 2016-2017 New Faculty Teaching Award at the organization’s national…

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Virginia Tech architecture professor, students reduce structural vibrations with simple, groundbreaking device

A revolutionary portable device invented by Virginia Tech Professor of Architecture Mehdi Setareh with help from students promises to make structural vibration-reducing technology universally accessible. The PTMD – or portable tuned mass damper – significantly improves on existing technology by making it more compact, affordable,…

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FutureHAUS wows crowds at KBIS

Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies faculty and students earned rave reviews as they showed off their work on FutureHAUS – a revolutionary prototype for the future of smart, sustainable housing – at the world’s largest kitchen and bath industry expo last week….

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Virginia Tech debuts final phase of FutureHAUS: The bedroom and home office of the future

Virginia Tech will unveil the final phase of FutureHAUS – the revolutionary prototype for the home of the future – with the bedroom and home office at the world’s largest kitchen and bath industry expo, KBIS, January 10 through 12 in Orlando. Like the three…

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CASA students explore Mexico with CAUS alums

Steven and Cathi House’s story is deeply intertwined with the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The award-winning team behind the architecture firm House + House, the couple met as architecture students on their first day of design lab in 1970. Four years…

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Professor Robert Dunay receives AIA’s highest award for impact on Virginia architecture

Professor Robert Dunay of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies will receive the architecture profession’s highest award from American Institute of Architects (AIA) Virginia on Friday, Nov. 4, in Richmond. Dunay, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor and director of the…

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CAUS kicks off 2018 Solar Decathlon with FutureHAUS Dubai

After winning the top collegiate prize for the world’s best solar house in 2010, Virginia Tech is gearing up to do it again. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, three members of the Virginia Tech Solar Decathlon team took the stage at the World Green Economy Summit…

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Student Profile: Cole Smith

Cole Smith of Charlottesville, Virginia is a May 2016 graduate with a bachelors in Industrial Design in the School of Architecture + Design. Growing up in a UVA household led him to believe he would never attend Virginia Tech. After participating in the Math, Engineering, & Science…

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Student Profile: Gina Fontanella

Gina Fontanella of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania is a rising senior majoring in Interior Design. Growing up, she always wanted to be an architect, but once she began taking her foundations courses she realized she was much more interested in designing interior spaces that people have the chance…

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A note from Dean Jack Davis: DesignIntelligence Surveys

Note: The deadline has been extended to Friday, July 13! Dear Colleagues, DesignIntelligence is conducting their annual surveys of America’s best architecture and design schools. If you are a person in your firm who hires architects, landscape architects, interior designers, or industrial designers,  you are invited…

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Student Profile: Shannon Standish

Shannon Standish of Charlotte, North Carolina is a fifth year student majoring in Architecture and minoring in Industrial Design and History. After graduation, she plans to work in an architectural office that focuses on custom residential or small-scale commercial spaces. She would like to work on…

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Breitschmid at the Accademia di Architettura

Professor of Architecture Markus Breitschmid is currently appointed as an external expert to review 130 architecture graduate degree theses at the Accademia di Architettura of the Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio during the 2016 Spring and Summer semesters. The Accademia di Architettura is a…

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