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Week of January 16th
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New Online Course -- LAR 5304: ADV Topics - Resilient Infrastructure with Michael Ezban, open to graduates and undergraduates, learn more here

New Special Study -- ARCH 4984: SS Vegetated Architecture with Kenneth Black. Meets MWF 11am-12pm (noon) more

Update about New Course - ARCH 4214: TS: Env Des & Sustainability/FutureHAUS Dubai - please go to the first class to sign up if you do not meet the pre-req. This class meets Thursdays 5-7pm in Cowgill 300. poster for class

The Student Success Center at Virginia Tech offers academic success programs each semester.  If you need assistance with time management, test taking skills, and want to develop healthy academic study habits, please take advantage of the services offered at the SSC at Virginia Tech.

SSC Staff Coaching 
Student Success Center staff members are available to meet with students individually to help them design a plan for success and provide academic coaching that meets their individual needs. Coaches will help students reflect on their progress and provide specific information and resources regarding academic skills (e.g., time management, test taking skills, study plans and more). These meetings typically occur on a weekly basis, but can be flexible depending on the student’s needs/schedule.  
For more information or to register for SSC Staff Coaching:
LAHS 2984: ASPIRE: Academic Success through Personal Investment and REsponsibility
ASPIRE is a 1-credit course that provides students with ongoing support and assistance with skill development throughout the semester. This class offers participants the opportunity to connect with other students who are encountering academic difficulties while developing the motivation, academic skills and personal behaviors to be successful at Virginia Tech. This course is ideal for students who desire weekly check-ins to help maintain their motivation, monitor their progress, and stay on track to success. Credit earned through ASPIRE cannot be applied toward graduation requirements, but will be calculated into your semester and cumulative GPA. 
CRN: 19691  Mondays 1:25-2:15pm  
CRN: 19692  Wednesdays 11:15am-12:05pm
Peer Academic Coaching Program (PAC) 
Our Peer Academic Coaching program was created to help all students get the one-on-one support they need to be successful at Virginia Tech. Our trained Peer Academic Coaches (PAC) are available to help students develop the habits and skills they need to succeed! All students are welcome to stop in to see a coach during walk-in hours or they can meet on a by-appointment basis, but students whose cumulative GPAs are between 2.0 and 2.5 can set up weekly meetings with a PAC.
For more information or to register for weekly PAC meetings (scroll down to “Request a weekly appointment”):

Dates & Deadlines
Monday, January 16 - No Classes - University Offices Closed
Tuesday, January 17 - Classes Begin; last day to withdraw from Spring Semester to avoid tuition and fee charges
Monday, January 23 - Last day for students to add classes and to add or drop audit option.

Undergraduate Architecture & Industrial Design:
Tamela Gallimore (201D Cowgill Hall)
Spring Semester Drop-in Office Hours:
No Appointment Necessary 
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Interior Design & Landscape Architecture:
Teresa Phipps (121 Burruss Hall)
Walk-ins welcome or email: to ask questions or schedule an appointment.



We are now digitally collecting resumes to provide for the firms coming to the career day in advance. We will accept them up until the weekend before the Career Day (February 27th) on the Career Day website. Please be on the look out for resume/portfolio workshops that will be held throughout the beginning of the spring semester prior to the Career Day! For the Career Day website we will only accept 2-paged resumes, in PDF format. If you have any questions, please let Taylor Cupp know. Submit your resume here.
Center for Design Research presents high-tech and lo-fab in Richmond
 Some of the latest “lo-fab,” high-tech applied research from the Center for Design Research in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech was on display recently at Architecture Exchange East, the statewide convention of the American Institute of Architects held in the Richmond convention center.
  Last year’s cultural exhibition, “An Exhibition of Cultures” was very well received by the community. The exhibition attracted visitors from inside and outside of the Virginia Tech community. As a result of the tremendous response, we are happy to initiate the second exhibition.  
   As you all know, at Virginia Tech we are very proud of the rich variety of multi-cultural and international experiences and perspectives that we all bring and can share. To celebrate our multi-cultural environment and learn more about each other, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is organizing an exhibit of traditional clothing and accessories associated with New Year celebrations around the world. Items will be showcased in a week-long exhibition accentuated by a fashion show to be held during the opening reception.
The Deadline Registration is January 30th
The Exhibition will be held in the Art + Architecture Library February 13th-17th
    Please share the traditional clothing, artifacts, accessories or garments associated with New Year from your culture and country by joining this exhibition. For more information, to submit traditional clothing, fabric, artifacts, accessories and garments for consideration to be included in the exhibition please visit the following link:
    From all the submissions, a group of examples will be selected for the exhibition and if you are selected, you will receive an invitation to bring the traditional clothing and accessories examples by January 30th.
    Thank you very much for the support. 
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shabnam Kavousi (


NEW - Concept Dream Car is a car design competition TV show feature Henrik Fisker and produced by the folks behind "Project Runway" and "Top Chef" for a major US cable network. They are now seeking students, faculty, and alumni to cast. They will be filming next summer in LA and looking for 12 designers to compete. flyer application website
The College of Architecture and Urban Studies will be holding its Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition on February 22, 2017. You are invited to submit a poster to be displayed at the competition. The poster should convey the scholarly work that you are doing as part of your degree. Posters hsould be a maximum of 36"x48". If you accept this invitation, please respond by email to Dee Dee Dudley ( with your name and the title of your poster that you will submit by February 13th. The poster must be submitted to the Dean's office in 202 Cowgill Hall by 5pm, February 20th. A panel of faculty members, who are Directors of the College Research and Outreach Centers, will jury the posters. First, second, and third prize will be awarded. The jury will provide feedback on all posters. It is anticipated that you will be able to submit a revised version of your poster to the Graduate Student Assembly's (GSA) Research Symposium in March.
Enter the 2017 AZ AWARDS, Azure Magazine's 7th annual international competition that celebrates the best work in architecture and design produced before December 31, 2016. Submission deadline is Tuesday, February 21st. more


NEW - Clark Nexsen is offering a paid summer research fellowship to a student focusing on coastal resiliency. The research student will be afforded the opportunity to partner with local institutions such as Virginia Sea Grant, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Hampton Roads Regional Planning Commission,  the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, and Old Dominion University.  The purpose of this position is to encourage students to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster, resiliency design strategies. Application deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, January 31st. more
NEW - Be Original Americas’ 7-week Summer Design Fellowship program will introduce two college students to all facets of creating innovative, high-quality products, from research, design, and manufacturing to marketing and distribution through hands-on, in-the-field learning. Deadline to apply is February 28th. more
Hampton Roads Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Enid W. and Bernard B. Spigel Architectural Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Candidates must be long-time residents of Virginia who are studying architecture, architectural history or architectural preservation. Students must be entering their junior, senior or graduate year of study in Fall 2017. Strong preference will be given to students from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Financial need is required. Applications are due by March 1st. more
Hanbury is accepting applications for its class of 2017 Summer Design Scholars. This is a juried selection, open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design.  The submission deadline is midnight Monday, February 20. Selection will be made in the beginning of March. This is the 15th year of the program, and our scholars have reported their experiences to be rewarding and life-changing. more
RCI is pleased to announce that once again, the RCI Foundation is providing funding for full-time undergraduate college students to attend the RCI 32nd International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, California, March 17-21, 2017. Through this funding, convention registration and individual travel expenses are covered for students attending the convention, as well as a one-year student RCI membership. The application and supporting documents must be received no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017. more application website
We are now accepting applications for our summer 2017 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. Now in its 19th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and conservation. Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English. more
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION  |  CAUS Community Narratives 
This photo-narrative project is a diversity awareness initiative developed by the CAUS Diversity Committee. The project goal is to exhibit 25 large-size photographs of individuals who best represent the diverse population in our college. Participants who are chosen by members of the CAUS Diversity Committee will tell a brief personal narrative on the white photo background surrounding their photograph (see example below). 
Any level of student, faculty, or staff within the CAUS community may enter by completing the Google form accessed through this link:
Complete the information requested on the Google form through the above link. This includes your name, your affiliation with CAUS, and a brief essay (no more than 300 words) that responds to the following question:
Based on your lived experiences, what does diversity mean in your life?
Photo sessions will be scheduled in mid-winter 2017. An on-campus exhibit is scheduled for early Fall 2017.
All entries must be received no later than end of day, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (Deadline Extended)
Please contact CAUS Diversity Committee member Carolyn Harris at or 540-231-6415.


NEW - Clark Nexsen is offering multiple full time positions including Architectural Intern, Certified Interior Designer, and Senior Project Manager. See all the positions and learn more here.
NEW - Communications and Marketing Assistant student position available with the Virginia Tech Real Estate Program. more
INNOVATE Architecture & Interiors located Hampton Roads Virginia is now interviewing for additional staff members. INNOVATE is dedicated to serving the Healthcare and commercial market sectors and is looking for talented, energetic people to join our team. Looking for an Intern Architect and an Interior Designer. more
Landscape Designer Assistant - work includes a wide range of activities related to assisting lead designers in preparing designs and proposals. more
Find previously posted job opportunities still available here.


Newly added firms from the past week for Career Day 2017 - February 27, 2017
Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history of providing expert architecture, engineering, and management consulting services to a wide variety of public-and private-sector organizations. Recognized for combining our unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, we are dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide.
W.C. Ralston Architects is a multi-disciplined practice with its roots grounded in residential architecture. The firm has built its reputation on seamless quality from design through construction, winning numerous awards for homes in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and the Eastern Shore. The team intimately collaborates with clients to meticulously craft elegant homes, sculpted around the way they live.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965, has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, and San Francisco. The firm is noted for elegant, humane, and sustainable design, ranging from modest houses to larger academic, cultural, civic, and corporate buildings for clients including Pixar, Square, Under Armour, Apple, University of California, Georgia Tech, and The National Parks Service. Through emphasis on thorough research and analysis of each project’s unique human, technical, and economic circumstances, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has received more than 650 regional, national, and international awards for design throughout its fifty-one years in practice.
BEA Architects Inc., a world-renowned architectural design firm headquartered in Miami, has established a reputation as an innovative provider of leading-edge design solutions to corporations and institutions worldwide. BEA is an interdisciplinary firm of 39 employees providing planning, architectural, engineering and interior design services since its inception in 2000. The reputation of the firm rests on its most important asset: its people, whose energy, creativity and commitment point to even greater accomplishments in the decades to come. The pursuit of excellence in design, through technology and in execution, underscores BEA’s commitment to quality. Central to BEA’s philosophy is the notion of design innovation, accomplished through the attention of direct senior personnel to design challenges and through the enthusiasm and passion our team brings to detailing and crafting a finished product.
Founded in 1940, Odell is one of the leading design, planning, and architectural firms in the nation.
Collins Cooper Carusi Architects is an architecture, interior design and planning firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. We are a group of community builders who apply contemporary thinking to the creation of enduring spaces where people gather to connect, reflect and thrive. We combine an updated perspective with a vision for lasting design that supports the end user. While our approach to design is fresh, our code of ethics! is decidedly matured. Relationships are the heart and soul of our business. Over the course of three decades, we have sustained many relationships with those who share their community and mission with us. A scan of our work with mission-driven clients reveals our passion for improving the communities with a high level of humanness and collaboration. Like the structures and places we design, our relationships are built on stable foundations using the finest materials: trust, respect and accountability.
Poole & Poole Architecture (2PA), LLC, located in Richmond, VA and Nashville, TN, is an award winning, full service architectural firm specializing in multi-family developments, mixed-use projects, traditional neighborhood design (TND), single family homes and historic preservation and restoration.
Find all current firms attending career day here.


Contemporary Architecture in Switzerland
Wednesday, January 18
2pm (CET)
Villa Maderni, Riva San Vitale

Irina Davidovici, Architecture Historian, ETH flyer
Fire in the Library
Friday, January 20
Art + Architecture Library, first floor Cowgill Hall

A conversation with two faculty members of A+D, Sharone Tomer and Joseph Bedford. flyer
In The Lobby
Mon - Tues Rengin Holt


Student Debate: Memorializing MLK: Identity and Representation in Cultural Heritage Design
Friday, January 20
Art + Architecture Library, first floor Cowgill Hall

Please join moderator Sam Winn, Collections Archivist, University Libraries, Virginia Tech, for a student debate examining principles, practices, and implications for the design of cultural heritage sites. Student debaters include undergraduate and graduate students from the fields of Africana Studies, Architecture, Building Construction, and Urban Planning.
Opening remarks by Dr. Ed Jackson Jr., Executive Architect for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation
Hosted by CAUS Diversity Committee
Interactive Lecture by Dr. Ed Jackson Jr., Executive Architect for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation
Friday, January 20
Cowgill 300
Dr. Jackson will discuss his experience with the fifteen year process of seeing the MLK Memorial through from concept to competition to completion. He will expand upon his opening remarks from the debate earlier in the day, continuing to explore the themes of his talk entitled "Public Art Speaks of a Culture: Historically, Spiritually, Ideologically."Hosted by CAUS Diversity Committee


Artists and Architecture: Projection/Convergence/Intersection
Opening Reception
Thursday, January 26
Moss Arts Center, Grand Lobby
The exhibitions will open with a reception on Jan. 26, from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, and will be on view until April 1. The galleries and all related events are free and open to the public. article event page
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