Week of February 15, 2016
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LaserCAMM update - estimated date for repaid, February 22nd, back in service February 23rd.

Monday, February 29th - Last Day for students to drop Spring 2016 classes without grade penalty. Last day to change grade option from A-F to P/F, 5:00pm.

Need to contact your advisor?


Upcoming: February 29th - 10am-4pm
School of Architecture + Design Career Day

Submit resumes here - must be in PDF format and no more than two pages. Please try to keep file size as small as possible.
Search for Digital Technologies Faculty Position
Position Summary: In search of an enthusiastic faculty member interested in teaching digital technologies focused on modeling/scripting, BIM, and visualization as related to architecture. Looking for an individual who is able to both contribute to the discussion and provide guidance in addressing the challenges that lie ahead in both education and practice. Our ideal candidate is a passionate educator able to work collaboratively to critically address the role of digital technologies within design education and design research. Based on expertise, the new faculty member may engage students in seminars, design studio, and/or lecture courses, participate in design critiques, and serve on thesis committees. While a promise of excellence in research and scholarship is expected, the position also carries responsibilities for service to students, the school, and the profession. 

Upcoming lectures for Digitial Technology Faculty Position that students are invited to:
Robert Pavlik - Thursday, February 18th - 2:00pm - Cowgill 300
Nicholas Ault - Friday, February 19th - 1:15pm - Cowgill 300

Search for History/Theory Faculty Position
Currently, the Architecture Program in the School of Architecture+Design is conducting a search for a faculty member to teach history and theory courses in the undergraduate curriculum, including the required two-semester history of architecture survey and the required one-semester theory course: Concepts, Ideas, and Representations. This faculty member's advanced seminars will contribute at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. An advanced degree in history and theory of architecture is required, with preference given to candidates holding a Ph.D. and/or a professional degree in architecture. As well, a record of excellence in research and scholarship is expected.
The history and theory faculty search committee includes Kathryn Albright, Jim Bassett, Hilary Bryon, Dave Dugas, Kay Edge, Hunter Pittman, Wendy Jacobson, and Heiner Schnoedt; we hope that you will attend the candidate lectures and convey your impressions and assessments to the committee by March 20, 5 pm.
Following the committee's review of 71 applications and 10 Skype interviews, we have identified and invited the following candidates for campus interviews:
Tuesday, February 23, 2:00, Cowgill 300
 JOSEPH BEDFORD received Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Cambridge University, London. He earned his B.Arch. from the Cooper Union and following, was awarded a Rome Prize for the study of Landscape Architecture at the British School in Rome. At Princeton University, he received an M.A. in Architectural History and Theory and currently is a PhD candidate. Joseph will defend his dissertation, Re-enchanting Modernism: “The Cambridge school and the hermeneutic theory of architecture (1965-1995)”, in August 2016.
Thursday, March 3, 2:00, Cowgill 300
 OLE FISCHER is a licensed architect who received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. As well, Ole was awarded a Master of Architecture and Doctor of Science in the History and Theory of Architecture from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. A forthcoming book chapter extends his doctorial scholarship, "The Veil of Truth?--Henry van de Velde, Hermann Muthesius and the Battle over Ornament in Modern Architecture." Currently, Dr. Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Utah.
Tuesday, March 15, 2:00, Cowgill 300
 LAURA MCGUIRE has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Brandeis University. She received a Master of Arts in architectural history and theory and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. During her studies she was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study in Austria. Dr. McGuire's dissertation is entitled, "Space Within: Frederick Kiesler and the Architecture of an Idea." Since 2014, Laura has been a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech.

Thursday, March 17, 2:00, Cowgill 300
 CARLA KEYVANIAN has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Università Iuav di Venezia
 (IAUV). She earned a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in History, Theory, & Criticism from MIT's Architecture and Urbanism program. Currently, Dr. Keyvanian is an Associate Professor at Auburn University and has published widely on the discipline and teaching of architectural history. Her next book project is entitled, "An Architecture of Reason: Leon Battista Alberti and Fra' Giocondo."
Coming Up Next Week - Landscape Architecture Week sponsored by ASLA-VT (click poster to enlarge)
4th year Industrial Design student, Christopher Crowley, was the first place winner of the 23rd annual Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association. Congratulations! See more about his "excellent concept" of the Only Paint Bush here.
The winner of the Girls in Technology Experience Scholarship, Marisa Kazmierczak, got to tour the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center recently and their main tour guide was one of our graduate students studying at the WAAC, Alyssa Tope. Read more here.


Obama Presidential Library - architectural design compeition
The total award is $10,000, and we have a special award for students only. 
Registrations and participation in this competition is totally free. The submissions will be evaluated by the global designer community through online digital media apps, and judged at an Awards Ceremony in Chicago by renowned architects on June 16, 2016.
Deadline May 10, 2016 (login required)
description from website
Previously posted competitions, still available:
Sunbrella: The Future of Shade  February 19, 2016
NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront April 4, 2016  poster  brief
Dencity Competition April 25, 2016  poster

Plural City Ideas Challenge May 22, 2016
Leicester B. Holland Prize 2016  May 31, 2016

Peterson Prize 2016  June 30, 2016


Dear Prospective CASA Student,
Cathi and I are organizing the 2016 CASA Mexico Study Abroad Program for this summer and we hope you might join us.  We know that it will give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself into the architecture, culture, art and history of Mexico, and a focused attention on your personal goals and perspective on your life as a creative person. 
Cathi and I would like to know if you are interested in participating in CASA and to see if you need any further information to help you decide.  If you have time over the next few days for a phone conversation, I would be happy to speak with you about the program in more detail.  If you would like to talk, please send me your phone number, let me know what day and time works best and I will call you.  
We will be flying down to Mexico next week to finalize the plans for this summer's CASA program and we wanted to explain the application process.  Since we only take a small, select group of students, we would like to give you the opportunity to sign up while there is still room.  Cathi and I are excited about this summer's program and hope you will be able to participate.
For your reference here is the latest CASA application information:
CASA Commitment  We will be making the Mexico City hotel reservations soon and need to know exactly how many students will be attending.  Therefore, we would appreciate a final decision from you by the end of February.
Program Agreement  As soon as you formally commit to the program, we will send you an agreement which will need to be signed by you and your parents.  
Program Fee  The program fee is $3,800, which includes lodging, two meals per day, entry fees and ground transportation.  Air fare and travel insurance are not included.  A $1,000 deposit will be due by February 28th to hold your place.  Please make out your check to Steven House and mail it to 1499 Washington Street, San Francisco, California 94109.  We would like to receive the balance of your payment along with the signed Program Agreement by March 31st. 
Flight Schedule  The schedule is for all participants to fly into Mexico City on Thursday, May the 26th.  Cathi and I will meet you at the airport upon arrival and take you to the hotel in Mexico City.  There will be a "Welcome to Mexico Dinner" that evening and then everyone will get settled in before beginning the Mexico City portion of the program on Friday morning.  We can also assist you with your airline reservations if needed.  
Travel Insurance  We suggest that each student take out a travel insurance policy for the duration of the program.  CISI offers a very reasonable policy for students studying abroad and here is a link to their plans:
Passports  Students attending the CASA program must have a current passport for travel to Mexico.  Foreign students may need to obtain a visa.  If you don't have a current passport or visa we suggest you apply for one as soon as possible. 
Contact Information  If you are interested in attending we would appreciate you sending us your parents' names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for our records.  
In the meantime, please let us know if you or your parents have any questions or would like to speak with me.  Cathi and I look forward to the possibility of having you as part of our CASA Mexico Study Abroad Program this summer.  
Thank you very much.
All the best,
Steven House AIA Architect
House + House Architects
1499 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

CASA Magazine Article
San Miguel Video Link
CASA Mexico Program
Virginia Tech's literary and art magazine, Silhouette, is looking for submissions from CAUS students. Submit by February 26, 2016 poster
The Atlantic Coast Conference supports undergraduate research and creative scholarship using income generated by the ACC Football Championship Game. Supplemental allocations by individual universities and various grants expand program impact.  The ACC Creativity and Innovation Fellowship Program supports undergraduates involved in student-driven projects at each of the ACC member campuses.
Virginia Tech is offering competitive financial awards of up to $2,000 to support undergraduate research projects or creative works within any of the academic disciplines. Application review begins on February 22, 2016. Decisions will be made and applicants notified no later than March 21, 2016.  Awards are to fund projects in the summer of 2016. more
Previously posted opportunities, still available:
The Pylon February 24, 2016

ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show  February 28, 2016
RAW Arusha 2016   March 1, 2016
Hampton Roads Community Foundation  March 1, 2016

Archaeological Field School   March 31, 2016
Ellen Braaten Media Award April 1, 2016
2016 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship  April 8, 2016

AIA Architects League of Northern New Jersey  April 29, 2016


NEW - Summer Architecture Internship
It’s no secret that internships give your resume an extra gold star after graduation. As an intern at Focused Image, you’ll be working in a fun agency environment that will give you resume-ready experience, and skills needed most by employers. more
NEW - Seeking student artist interested in architecture, landscapes and sustainable design!
I'm a Blacksburg resident with a 4 acre property in the city limits of Asheville, NC.  Recently I've been working with a local landscape architect and civil engineer to design a 14-16 home neighborhood and I'd like to commission a Virginia Tech student to produce a hand drawn artist rendering of the community to use as marketing materials and help bring this vision to life.  
Some of the neighborhood features include: old growth trees, sloped hillsides, a community garden, mulch walking trails, a rain garden for the storm-water management, a pavilion, benches, fire pit and the homes will be approximately 1400 sq/ft, 2 level and NC green built certified.  
Please email me if this is a project that interests you and you have the artistic skills and time this semester to work with me to bring this vision to life.  I'm able to pay a small award of $200 for the drawing(s) and you would be free to use this project as part of your professional portfolio.  
Jon Dworin
Previously posted job postings, still available:
FORMDESIGN Summer Intern Architect March 18, 2016
2016 SOM Summer Internship Program March 21, 2016  poster
Cooper Robertson Architecture Intern April 1, 2016
KOPA - Intern Level Architect more
Anne Decker Intern Architects more
Wiley|Wilson Student Internship more
Wiley|Wilson Architect Intern more
Intern Associate with Johnson & Associates more
2016 Summer Employment with HABS/HAER/HALS more
Sally Boasberg Founder's Fellowship Summer 2016 more
HOK Internships more  poster
GGN Summer 2016 Internships more  flyer
WGI Entry-Level Landscape Architect more
MPS Summer Architectural Internship more
Armstrong Entry Level Solution Sales Specialist more

Architecture Intern with University of Richmond more
Intern with Winks/Snowa Architects more
2016 Summer Intern Position with Gordon more
Architectural Intern with CJMW more


1st International Conference on Meaningful Technology and Design (MTD’2017), to be held in Guimarães, Portugal, July, 2017. 
The aim of MTD2017 is to bring together international participants interested in the recent advances in the art and practice of product design and to promote the discussion around this topic. The conference is intended for a wide audience including designers, engineers, architects, academics, researchers, product manufacturers and material suppliers, among others.
 All major aspects of design and technology will be addressed. They include the following topics: meaningful technologies; meaningful design experiences; the use of new materials; the meaning of materials in design; computer and experimental methods; sustainability contribution by technology; the borderline between design and technology; acceptability of technology by various target groups; teaching meaningful technology in design courses; the role of materials and materials processing in product design; the history of the relationship between designer and engineers. 
 Please find below information on the Call for Abstracts, Mini-Symposia and Special Sessions:
 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Prospective authors are invited to submit one page abstract, of no more than 500 words, before June 15 2016, in electronic form via the conference website at Authors will be notified on the acceptance of their abstracts no later than September 15, 2016. Papers must be submitted due to December 15, 2016. Acceptance will be notified before February 15, 2017.
 CALL FOR MINI-SYMPOSIA AND SPECIAL SESSIONS – Participants interested in organizing a mini-symposium or a special session as part of MTD2017 are requested to submit a proposal to the conference Secretariat by June 2016. Please find further information on the conference website or by contacting us through the email



Resume Workshop - Sponsored by AIAS
February 17th
Cowgill 300

Professor Greg Tew will offer suggestions on creating effective resumes and work samples along with advise on effective communication at Career Day. Please bring resumes and work samples for feedback and discussion.
Digital Technologies Faculty Position Lecture
Thursday, February 18th
Cowgill 300

Candidate Robert Pavlik
IDEAS Group Guest Lecturer
Friday, February 19th
Interior Design Classroom, Burruss

Ferdinand Dimailig from Box Studios more
Digital Technologies Faculty Position Lecture
Friday, February 19th
Cowgill 300

Candidate Nicholas Ault
This Week in the Lobby

All Week - 5th year thesis pin-ups
Spring 2016 Construction Career Fair
Friday, February 25th
The Inn at Virginia Tech - Latham Ballroom

You can upload your resume to the website by logging in here or creating a new account here. Make sure you click Spring 2016 Career Fair when you're saving so it will be included.
For a Good CAUS Silent Auction - presented by Alpha Rho Chi
Saturday, February 27th

Bid on art donated by faculty, students, and alumni more
School of A+D Career Day
Monday, February 29th
The Inn at Virginia Tech - Latham Ballroom

68 firms have committed to attending our Career Day and are looking forward to meeting you. If you'd like to submit your resume to have them review it before hand, please submit here.


Art + Architecture Library, 1st Floor Cowgill Hall

We have an exhibit going on entitled “Wintertide,” showcasing our collection of artist’s books. It will be on view until February 29. Please come and check it out! poster


Pamplin Minors Information Session
Tuesday, February 16th
PAM 1028

More information about the minors can be found here.
Pamplin Minors Information Session
Wednesday, March 16th
PAM 1045

More information about the minors can be found here.
Survey of the History of Art Exhibition
on going
Newman Library 2nd Floor Commons

ART 2385, Survey of the History of Art I (Paleolithic to Medieval), encourages students to connect art, architecture, and material culture from early cultures and civilizations as well as with the modern world. more
Kitchen and Bath Design: Projects from Future Professionals
on going
Wallace Hall Gallery

Exhibit of senior student projects for design of kitchens in the Center for Real Life Design and the National Kitchen and Bath Association Student Design Competition. more
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