Week of September 14, 2015
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Undergraduate Architecture and Industrial Design students:  make an appointment with your academic advisor (Tamela Gallimore) online:

Undergraduate Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students:  make an appointment with your academic advisor (Teresa Phipps) via e-mail

Student Success Center
(Information from their website)
The Student Success Center seeks to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and self-awareness necessary to achieve success in college and in life. We offer a number of programs and services for currently enrolled, undergraduate students.  These include but are not limited to: tutoring, academic coaching, workshops on topics related to academic skills and behaviors, and college success strategies courses. The Student Success Center does not charge for any of its programs and services.
We invite you to explore our website so you can learn more about the many resources available and to stop by our center, located in 110 Femoyer Hall.

Virginia Tech Writing Center
(Information from their website)
The Virginia Tech Writing Center is a free service for all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, at all levels. We also are happy to assist Language and Culture Institute students, VT alumni, and area high school students. We're located in Newman Library's second floor Learning Commons, just past the elevators.
We work with writing and reading assignments from any course in the University. We can also help you with writing projects that are not linked to classes.
While we try to accommodate walk-in sessions when possible, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment.
Call us at (540) 231-5436 to schedule your session! For other inquiries, email us at

Friday, October 2nd - Last day for students to drop Fall 2015 classes without grade penalty. Last day to change grade option from A-F to P/F, 5:00 p.m. Visit University Registrar in 250 Student Services Building to process a grade change option. If you are enrolled in only one course, you cannot drop your final hours, but must officially resign from the university for the semester. Your refund will be calculated according to the university refund policy on resignations.



Wintermester 2016 Opportunities with A+D
Issues and Readings in Urban Design - Online with Kay Edge
The course addresses select issues in urban design that are particularly relevant for architects.  Our primary concern will be to consider the physical traits of the city with the understanding that urban form always has an underlying explanation. The physical fact of the city is never without social implications.  History, philosophy, other art forms and various theories of urban form will serve that main focus of investigation. poster
Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto, & Osaka - study abroad with Aki Ishida
This is an opportunity to see firsthand the influences that traditional Japanese architecture and landscape has had on the contemporary Japanese architecture. more

India - study abroad with Sal Choudhury
This study abroad tour will focus on a range of designed artefacts from architecture to bangles, from everyday utensils to works of art as included by the culture as well as the culture that evolved around them. Contact Sal Choudhury for more information - poster

The School of Architecture + Design now has a Facebook Page! Like us here!
Join Design for America's Tech or Treat project at Virginia Tech!
We are a national organization and student network dedicated to making local and social impact through interdisciplinary design. We are a passionate group of students from all backgrounds and majors dedicated to creating a positive impact by completing semester long projects.
 Currently, we are looking for Architecture and Design majors to help build a Phytosaur exhibit at the Moss Arts Center, to be completed and shown on October 29, 2015. For more information, please contact Justin Lau at

The jury for the AIA Virginia Prize for Design Research and Scholarship, chaired by Patrick Rand, FAIA, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University, has voted to award the 2015 Prize to Virginia Tech professor Joe Wheeler (Professor of Architecture), AIA, for Virginia Tech’s futureHAUS. article


eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite designers around the world to participate in the 2015 VMODERN: Furniture Design Competition. The award was born from the desire to create a forum for the discussion, debate and development of innovative design. Or gold is to discover and promote the most creative pieces of furniture that will transform the way we live and interact with our environment. register by November 10, 2015
MAP asks architects, students, engineers, designers, artists, and builders to develop unique mountain dwellings in an effort to expand the conversation around what it means to build responsibly at 8,400 ft in the Northern Wasatch Range. Submission deadline is October 16, 2015  flyer
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 2016 Skyscraper Competition. Registration deadline is January 19, 2016, submission deadline is January 26, 2016
Call for Proposals: The City of Dreams 2016 Pavilion - The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, enjoy a performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city? Deadline to enter is September 20, 2015


The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) is holding its first Cities Week at the IDB: a series of meetings and events dedicated to reflecting on the progress made during the first five years of the ESCI program, learning from international experiences in urban management and development, and sharing innovative solutions to improve quality of life in the cities we live in. more
African-American students enrolled in a US not-for-profit educational institution who will begin their final year of a NAAB-accredited architecture program in the Fall of 2016 are eligible to apply. Deadline is December 6, 2015. more
AIA Northern VA Schools Connections Committee is pleased to announce they are accepting entires for the 2015 AIA NOVA Scholarship Fund. Submit by Friday, October 30, 2015. poster
CASA, the Center for Architecture Sustainability + Art is a program being offered in Mexico next summer with tentative dates of June 2 through July 8, 2016. Steve and Cathi House will be in Blacksburg to present about this program and give you more information later this month. Please stay tuned for their meeting announcement. more  video
AIAWV offers scholarships to students native to West Virginia who wish to pursue careers in the architecture profession. For the past twenty-seven years, AIA has proudly provided over $200,000.00 to 96 students at colleges and universities from across the country. Applications due by Thursday, October 15
Balanced Man Scholarship - SigEp in the nation's largest fraternity focused on leadership, personal and professional development whose mission is Building Balanced Men. Since 1990, the Balanced Man Scholarship has rewarded students who live their lives by the principles of Sound Mind and Sound Body. flyer   apply by September 6th


2016 EDSA Internship Opportunities
There are four Internship programs available, with the first application deadline being September 17, 2015.
flyer  website
Assistantships with GFURR
The Global Forum on Urban & Regional Resilience at Virginia Tech is working on interdisciplinary research projects that address urban and regional regeneration and the narratives, meanings, and values that underlie the production, mediation, and consumption of 'resilient' cities, regions, and locales. Assistantships are available for students with an interest in these areas or who have strong skills in data visualization or communication. Apply by September 15th. more
Project Architect
Madison Spencer Architects seeks a full-time Architect for our Charlottesville practice. Applicants must have good communication skills, solid CAD abilities and understanding of traditional/classical detailing. Proficiency in freehand sketching, perspective renderings, AutoCAD, and Adobe CS (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) is preferred. Interest in historical and vernacular architecture, willingness to travel and flexibility of working hours is desired. Pay commensurate with experience and potential. Apply by October 30th. more
Architect Intern
Spectrum Design is seeking a graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree for our downtown Roanoke, Virginia office.  Proficiency in AutoCAD required and Sketch-up or other 3-D modeling software a plus.   Experience working in an architectural practice is desirable. more
Design Consultant
Imagine an opportunity to create beautiful rooms with thousands of the latest fabrics, dozens of fashion-forward finishes, and high-quality furnishings in almost every imaginable style.  Add our vast, exclusive accent and custom drapery programs and best-in-business training and support, and you can see why Ethan Allen is “the place" to ignite your interior design career.  Our Design Consultants enjoy outstanding earning potential with commissions of up to 9.5%.  You’ll receive excellent training.  We hire the best, and we set our people up for success with the latest technology.  We expect you to bring talent, energy, technical skills, sales ability, and customer focus to the table as well as a passion for design and flexibility with your work schedule which includes weekends and some holidays.  If you love working with people and are motivated by the thought of limitless earning potential, this is the position for you! Apply by September 13th. more


AIAS is Hosting a Model Making Workshop
September 16
Cowgill 400

Nick Coates will share some of the tips and tricks of model making, with a focus on casting. The workshop is open to everyone.
Lars Lerup - The Polycentric City: urbanism in the 21st century
September 16
Hancock 100

His lecture will focus on research detailed in his new book on the Houston cityscape, One Million Acres & No Zoning (Architectural, Association, 2011) more poster
Lars Lerup - room with chair: object oriented materialism
Thursday, September 17
Cowgill 300

Professor Lerup returns to give a talk about his furniture designs more
Faculty Lecture - Nathan King
Thursday, September 17
Hancock 100

This Week in the Lobby
Monday - Wednesday - AIA Virginia Prize Competiong
Friday - ASLA



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