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Week of November 7, 2016
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Friday, November 18th - Deadline for undergrads to request rescheduling of final exams that conflict or constitute a third exam in 24 hours -- see Carolyn Harris or Kathryn Albright in the dean's office (202 Cowgill Hall)
Saturday, November 19th - Thanksgiving Break begins
Saturday, November 26th - Web drop/add begins for Spring

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T.A. Carter Professor in Architecture, Robert Dunay, received the architecture profession's highest award from the American Institute of Architects Virginia this past Friday in Richmond. more
Nathan King, Architecture Assistant Professor, was one of the leaders of a workshop at the ACADIA conference that was held October 24th-26th. Learn more about this "Wooden Structures" workshop here. More from Nathan King.
Professor of Architecture, Joe Wheeler, shoes in a video how to use a flex space of the future. See the video/article here.
Mintai Kim, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture, will be presenting on November 16th at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. This will be the result of one of the projects that the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience funded over the summer. more
The CAUS Diversity Committee would like to invite you to the ingagural panel discussion of a new initiative: Intersections: interdisciplinary conversations about social justice and the built environment
Our first panel topic is “The Local,” and the three VT faculty panelists are:
  • C.L. Bohannon, Landscape Architect, School of Architecture + Design
  • Michael Borowski, Artist + Photographer, School of Visual Art
  • Erika Meitner, Poet, Department of English
Date: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Art + Architecture Library, 100 Cowgill Hall
This initiative intends to spark conversations and create an ongoing dialogue about social justice and the built environment. By asking questions about how architecture and design can reinforce/question/break down existing social structures, the hope is to raise awareness of these issues within CAUS and beyond. The initiative takes its starting point in student interest in the proposition that “architecture can be a transformative engine for change” (as stated by Architect Michael Murphy in his February 2016 TED talk). We hope this spark will lead to broad conversations across Virginia Tech and beyond.

Please contact me at or at 540.231.4986 if you have any questions. Please also see our poster.
The Washington Alexandria Architecture Center is calling for papers and works for the Frascari III Symposium "Ceilings and Dreams: the Architecture of Levity." more


NEW - The American Planning Association is having a Smart Design Competition co-sponsored by the Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council, the Smart Cities Student Design Competition aims to introduce and engage students in the Smart City discussion. The intent is that planners and other allied professionals (e.g., architects, landscape architects, engineers, etc.) work together as an interdisciplinary team to apply placed-based Smart City technologies to a specific site in New York City. A jury will review all entries, and five finalists will be selected to present their ideas at the 2017 National Planning Conference. The winning team will receive a $1,000 award.

A few graduate students from the Urban and Regional Planning Department at VT are looking for team members in the landscape architecture or architecture departments. If you are interested please contact Curtis Rowlette ( or  Bryce Johnson ( more
NEW - Show your passion for design by creating an interesting and unique faucet concept that showcases your creative interpretation of the contest's mood board. From the entries received, we'll select ten finalists to move on to a voting round to decide the winner. Entries will be accepted through December 6th.


NEW - Join us for the Toronto Interior Design Show Professional Trade Day, presented by Miele, on January 20, 2017. Be the first to see thousands of new products from hundreds of exhibitors, exchange ideas with your peers and take part in an exciting international speaker series with the design luminaries who are driving design today. Use promo code US17IDS4 to receive 10% off Trade Day Registration, Consumer Admission, Opening Night Party tickets and Seminars. Deadline to pre-register is January 20, 2017.


NEW - The Housing and Residence Life Facilities Department is seeking several design and construction interns.  Interns will be part-time during the Fall/Spring semesters (5-10 hrs/week) and may be full-time during the summer. Scheduling working hours around classes and exams is anticipated.  Interns available to work for Spring & Summer 2017, with continued employment past summer 2017 desired, but not required. Interns will be paid $9/hr. and will be flexible with summer school schedules. more
Construction and Design Development Program (CDDP) - new hires will spend a year rotating through various teams in our Integrated Systems department, which manages mainly large commercial projects. more
Specification Services Project Coordinator - a team that supports specifiers such as architects, engineers, and lighting designers. Through the help of outside salespeople, this team prepares documents used to specify Lutron equipment on construction documents. more
NEW - E-learning opportunity more
The Shadowing Internship is a four-day program for undergraduate and graduate students, and gives interns an opportunity to observe and participate in all aspects of the firm.  Selected participants will spend the week rotating through the SOM departments to provide a well-rounded perspective on the work of the firm and the day-to-day experience of SOM design professionals.  The program gives invaluable experience, mentorship and guidance to talented students who plan to pursue a career in architecture or related fields. Applications due November 28th. flyer
DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY - The iScholars program is an interactive 12-week PAID summer internship that integrates a “hands-on minds on” experience in the National Capital Region. The selected cohort of students will be immersed into entrepreneurship working with iScholars corporate partners to develop the necessary abilities to thrive in the new innovation-based economy. Students from any discipline demonstrating academic success and an interest in entrepreneurism should apply. Successful applicants will participate in supportive coursework, receive intense mentoring, and live and work in our nation's capital. Get more information and access the online application form. The application deadline is November 11, 2016 at 11:59pm, with the interviews starting November 30, 2016. flyer
DEADLINE TODAY - Career and Professional Development is looking for new Peer Advisors (PCAs) for Spring 2017 - We are looking for enthusiastic students to join our team and serve as a vital link between Virginia Tech students and the Career and Professional Development staff, as well as fill essential roles in advising and educating students and providing project and programming assistance to the Career and Professional Development staff. There will be an Open House Information Session on Wednesday, October 26th for students to meet and hear from current PCAs about their experience. Q&A: 3:30-4pm; Information Session 4-4:30pm; Q&A: 4:30-5pm. Applications are due Monday, November 7th.
Find previously posted job opportunities still available here.


Newly added firms from the past week for Career Day 2017 - February 27, 2017
NEW for 2017 - Davis Carter Scott (DCS) is one of the largest locally-owned architectural and interior architectural firms in the D.C. Metropolitan area, and is active in all areas of land-planning, architecture, interior architecture, and sustainable design. While the firm has grown, and changed over our 45 years of being in business, the core values on which it was founded – commitment to our profession, our community, our clients, and our employees – have never wavered. Our firm takes great pride in the contributions we have made to the built environment, including award-winning buildings, interiors, and master plans, with over 13 million square feet of sustainably designed projects. Yet, of greatest importance is the reputation we have earned in the business community for being honest, ethical, and true to our word. This is not only reflected in the company's leadership, but in the attitudes and actions of our employees. “Do Good Work. Have Fun. Make Money.” This is our internal corporate mission statement, and we come back to it time and time again. It governs how we approach our business, our relationships with each other, our clients, and our outreach into the larger community.
Hord Coplan Macht is an architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm. Specializing in education, healthcare, mixed-use, commercial and institutional facilities, the firm has offices in Baltimore, MD, Alexandria, VA, and Denver, CO.
As a glass technology driven company, AGC operates on a broader premise that glass is more than just a design element and something to manage light and energy. It’s an opportunity. As a global company, AGC has access to many resources to allow the company to constantly develop new products and go Beyond Glass™. AGC Glass Company North America is part of the AGC Group employing more than 50,000 worldwide in approximately 30 countries.
Wiley|Wilson is a 100-percent employee-owned firm providing a wide range of architectural and engineering services that span multiple disciplines including civil, electrical, mechanical, and structural. From its offices in Alexandria, Lynchburg, Richmond, VA; and Atlanta, GA, the firm serves a robust client base, from local, state, and federal governments and service authorities to private-sector companies and institutional organizations. Since its founding in 1901, the firm has built a solid reputation in the industry for producing innovative yet practical solutions to its clients’ most complex challenges. Wiley|Wilson combines the robust capabilities typically found in large firms with the responsiveness clients expect from a small company.
Baskervill offers creative architectural, interior design, and MEP engineering solutions to a varied client base, from hospitality to corporate, healthcare, manufacturing and cultural institutions. Founded in 1897, today Baskervill is one of the nation’s oldest continually operating architectural firms.People are the heart and soul of Baskervill. Our architects, engineers, and interior designers are also explorers, innovators, and storytellers. We don’t believe in “starchitects,” because we know that design is a collaborative process that taps into the strengths of many. Instead, we’re building a team of people propelled by boundless curiosity and moved by the possibilities of great design.
NEW for 2017 - WINMAR Construction, Inc. is a full-service construction management and general contractor in pre-and self-performed construction projects, specializing in base buildings, commercial interiors and hospitality sectors including retail, restaurant and hotel. Based in Washington, DC with operations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South Florida, our portfolio includes award-winning projects delivered for notable commercial developers and top architecture and design firms.
Established in 1963, ASD | SKY has evolved into a multi-disciplinary design firm offering interiors, architectural and graphic design services to a variety of corporate, financial, restaurant & hospitality, retail, medical and institutional clients. sky design, a division of ASD | SKY, provides comprehensive graphic design, signage and environmental graphics. ASD | SKY is committed to integrated and contextual design. We provide design services based on each of our client's needs and culture. We are committed to translating the needs and functional requirements of our clients into the built environment. As designers responsible to our Clients and to the environment, we use the voice of our talents in a responsible way by incorporating sustainable practices into each project.
NEW for 2017 - Bohler Engineering is a leading land development design firm in the United States. For more than 30 years, our professionals have assisted clients in navigating and driving the land development process from site evaluation through project completion. We provide Planning and Landscape Architecture services as an integral part of our multi-disciplinary approach to land development and urban design. Our skilled planners and landscape architects work closely with our civil engineers and other professionals to develop and evaluate alternative master plan and site design concepts. Bohler is recognized as an industry leader for our ability to consistently deliver the highest quality product and service.
Gresham, Smith and Partners provides design and consulting solutions for the built environment that contribute to the success of national and international clients. For more than 45 years, GS&P has focused on enhancing quality of life and sustainability within our communities. GS&P consists of industry-leading professionals practicing architecture and engineering design as well as scientists and highly specialized stra! tegic and management consultants in Aviation, Corporate and Urban Design, Environmental Services, Federal, Healthcare, Industrial, Land Planning, Transportation and Water Resources. GS&P consistently ranks among the top architecture and engineering firms in the world.
NEW for 2017 - NAVFAC Washington, with headquarters on the historic Washington Navy Yard, manages the planning, design, and construction of all shore facilities for the Navy & U.S. Marine Corps in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland and boasts more than $1 Billion in annual business volume. Approximately 1,600 military and civilian employees provide “cradle to grave” services to ensure all facilities, utilities, contracts, construction, and transportation needs are being met in support of the warfighter.
Voted as DC's Best Places to Work by the Washington Business Journal, FOX Architects provides exceptional design to workplaces and corporate commercial buildings. Our architecture and interior design studios provide am entrepreneurial environment approaching design holistically.
With 180+ employees in four offices, SLAM is a diverse, team-oriented group of professionals, specializing in architecture, interiors, landscape design, structural engineering, and construction services. We leverage the unique perspective of each professional (planner, designer, engineer, landscape architect, construction specialist) through an integrated practice approach that makes us uniquely qualified to take responsibility for projects from design through construction.
SFCS Architects is a full-service architectural, engineering, and interior design firm that specializes in senior living, Veterans’ homes, science & technology, and higher education.
Established in 1965, Glavé & Holmes Architecture is a nationally recognized architecture, interior design and planning firm located in Richmond, Virginia. The firm’s regionally focused design practice has cultivated expertise in five specialty markets – Cultural, Higher Education, Hotel and Home, Interior Design, and Urban Architecture.  Each area is supported by a studio structure, allowing the team to provide the expertise necessary for a diverse portfolio. The firm strives to create a context-specific design that fits seamlessly into the cultural and historical milieu of a given community, while addressing the functional needs of the people who will interact with each space. Glavé & Holmes Architecture believes that great design is contextual, timeless, and has the capacity to engage the intellect and elevate the human spirit.
Dwell's architectural/interiors team has completed more than 75,000 apartment units in the past 15 years. We work with both small private developers as well as some of the nation’s largest REITs. Our experience spans many states from Texas to South Florida; up through DC, Virginia and Maryland; and into New York and Connecticut. Dwell was established on a simple premise; To provide the highest quality design and documentation while providing a pragmatic and cost effective approach to design. We have been awarded as one of the Best Places to Work for the several years and are currently searching for skilled individuals, like yourself, who have a design centered background, are highly REVIT skilled, and are interested in joining our energetic, entrepreneurial team.
Moseley Architects provides comprehensive professional architectural, engineering, and interior design solutions to clients seeking responsive and reliable facility planning and design services, as well as specialized expertise. We understand that great design is only one component of a project’s success and strive to deliver high-quality, value-based, and timely service for projects both large and small. Our architects, engineers, interior designers, and other professionals work collaboratively within a unified, multi-disciplinary studio setting. This approach, facilitated by state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM) technology, results in integrated facility designs tailored to our clients’ needs and priorities.
Established in 1956 by William A. Thompson, Jr. and John W. Litton, this belief was instilled more than 50 years ago, and is still apparent by the professionalism you will find with each Thompson & Litton employee. We take great pride in housing a staff capable of delivering superior service to all of our clients. From our original staff of seven, we have grown to over 100 employees in six offices, offering an array of engineering, architectural, surveying, planning and construction services.
LandDesign offers award-winning urban design, planning, branding, civil engineering, and landscape architecture solutions to public and private sector clients across the globe. With offices across the United States, the LandDesign team effectively brings innovative, buildable, sustainable, and ecologically responsible projects to life worldwide.


AIAS Book Swap
November 9th
Cowgill 300

Come bring one of your favorite architecture or design books to share with others or exchange! If you don't have a book to bring, go to the Art and Architecture Library to get one! Get to know what other members are interested in! flyer
Visiting Lecturer
November 10th
Hancock 100

This week's lecture will be from Alumnus Garrett Reynolds
In The Lobby
Wed - Marie Paget
Thu - Kevin Jones


CAUS Diversity Committee Panel Discussion - "The Local"
November 9th
Art + Architecture Library, Cowgill 100

A panel to spark conversations and create an ongoing dialogue about social justice and the built environment. See more in the School News section and the poster here.
Rinse, Repeat Lecture
November 9th
Williams Hall, Room 120

The exhibition for Rinse, Repeat will be in the Armory Gallery at 203 Draper Road, the opening reception is on Tuesday, November 8th, 6-8pm. This is an exhibition by artists and professors Rebekah Modrak of Stamps School of Art and Design, and Michael Borowski of Virginia Tech's School of Visual Arts. The lecture by Rebekah Modrak will be Wednesday, November 9th at 6pm in Williams Hall, Room 120. flyer
Washington Semester 2017
Info Sessions scheduled throughout November and December
Room 111, Architecture Annex

Washington Semester, Leadership through Policy and Governance is open to all Virginia Tech students, regardless of major, who have earned a minimum of 60 credits and are in good academic standing. Early submission is November 12th, final applications due December 10th. more facebook flyer
Eat, Drink, be Merry, and learn more about our degrees
Thursday, November 17th
Bishop-Favrao Hall, 3rd Floor

Learn more about the programs in Real Estate, Building Construction, and Construction Engineering & Management. RSVP to flyer


Research on Financial Wellness here at Virginia Tech.

This survey is requesting students and faculty participate -- more
SECL Passport Acceptance Facility Opening in Squires Student Center!
Grand Opening
Monday, November 7th
First Floor, Squires

Business or vacation taking you abroad?  We are certified through the U.S. Department of State as a Passport Application Acceptance Facility.  Our site offers the products and services needed for a first-time passport and renewal passport applications. more
Home for Break: Are You Ready to Answer Those Questions?
Monday, November 7th
Smith Career Center, Room A and Annex

What's your major? What do you want to do with that? What are you going to do after you graduate? Do you have an answer for those questions over break? Ready or not, Career and Professional Development can help! This interactive workshop is designed to help you discover more about yourself as a part of the career exploration process.
Communicating Research Series
Every Wednesday at 4pm (Sept 28th - Nov 16th)
Pamplin Hall, 3028

Introduces undergraduate students to the principles of communicating their research to their peers, as well as to those outside their field of study. flyer website
Let's Talk: Anxiety and Stress
November 9th
Newman 101, Library Multipurpose Room

Talk by Assistant Professor, Dr. Georgia Hodes and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Krysta Fink. Hosted by the Neuroscience Club. flyer
LinkedIn Photo Lab: Get your professional Headshot taken
Thursday, November 10th, 9am-1pm
Friday, November 11th, 11am-3pm
Smith Career Center

Have a free professional photo taken for use on your LinkedIn account! Photos will be sent to your VT email. Registration is required, and is first-come, first-served. Limited to 35 students for each date. After you register for one date, drop in any time during the event hours for that date. Register online. Contact for questions: Neeka Eghbali,  Peer Career Advisor  flyer
How to be a Strong Communicator: The #1 Skill Employers are Looking For
Monday, November 14th
Smith Career Center, Room A and Annex

Want to sharpen those communication skills? This interactive workshop will connect your StrengthsQuest Top 5 Strengths with various communication styles for you to learn more about how to effectively communicate in the workplace. Please complete the StrengthsQuest assessment at and bring your Top 5 Strengths to the workshop.
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