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FutureHaus takes first place at Solar Decathlon Middle East

After years of research and development contributed by over 100 Virginia Tech students and faculty, the FutureHAUS Dubai team has officially built the world’s best solar home. The lone American team earned a first-place victory over 14 other selected teams and more than 60 total entrants of the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, a competition […]

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House of the future and team await SDME 2018 Results

The home of the future is at its temporary residence in the desert — and the Virginia Tech students and faculty who built it are awaiting the results. FutureHAUS Dubai, the innovative, interdisciplinary, and ambitious project to design and build a futuristic, modular smart home, is the lone American team currently competing against 14 other […]

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Virginia Tech IAWA Work to Save the Work of Women Architects

The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech is issuing an open call to women architects worldwide to submit a seminal design or drawing to the university’s historical collection. The campaign, dubbed “A Seminal Piece,” is the latest in the IAWA’s three-decades-long effort to capture and preserve the contributions of women in architecture who […]

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Professor Emeritus, Donald Sunshine, Exhibits in Cowgill Hall

  “Social Commentary,” an exhibit by professor emeritus of architecture, Donald Sunshine, was on display in Cowgill Hall lobby this past week.  Watercolor paintings and his pen and ink sketchbooks combined to showcase innovative perspectives of big events from our country’s past and present that are meaningful to not only Donald, but to many others. “This […]

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FutureHAUS is Ready to Compete in Dubai

After many late nights, research, hard labor, and coffee runs, the FutureHAUS is complete! The competition called the Solar Decathlon is being held in Dubai from November 14th-29th, 2018. After winning the top collegiate prize for the world’s best solar house in 2010, Virginia Tech is planning to do it again this year. Virginia Tech […]

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Kevin Jones, AIA, will be Granted the Virginia Emerging Professional Award

Kevin Jones, AIA, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, and Erin Webb, AIA, Senior Project Manager at 3north will be recognized with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Virginia Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize the accomplishments […]

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Virginia Tech Covers DC in Maroon and Orange

As members of Hokie Nation, we share a deep love for our community. We want the rest of the world to know what makes Hokies special! To tell our story, we’ve blanketed one of the nation’s busiest corridors in maroon and orange. Throughout D.C.’s Union Station, you’ll see dozens of Virginia Tech ads at street […]

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Jack Davis, FAIA to Receive the William C. Noland Medal

Jack Davis, FAIA will be recognized with the William C. Noland Medal at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The William C. Noland Medal is the highest award bestowed on a member architect, and is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained […]

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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 conference in March. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching […]

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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 2005 graduate of the master’s program and former A+D faculty […]

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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 nonprofits like Child Health Investment Partnership, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, […]

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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 dean since the college was established in 1964. During his […]

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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 Scholar program is the premier national award program for landscape […]

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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 six-month (paid) internship with MASS Design Group, where I’m currently […]

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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 and the only U.S.-based team. Over the next year and [...]
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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 our schools; learn about prominent alumni and faculty; and discover […]

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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 in Melbourne, Australia, will join Virginia Tech on Oct. 10, [...]
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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 rankings, as well as the prestige and value of your […]

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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 tube that also functions as a shoe rack, Wrinklerack includes hooks for […]

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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 Bobby Vance show off how flex space, versatile design, smart […]

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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 $2,500, along with a custom-ordered Think chair, a Campfire personal […]

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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 conference in March. The award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching […]

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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, simple to set up and tune, and easy to integrate […]

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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. “How do I get a home like this?” and “This […]

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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 previous prototypes for the kitchen, bath, and living room, the […]

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