Week of March 16, 2015
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Web drop/add is currently open for Summer 2015.

Monday, March 23 - last day for students to resign without grade penalty. First contact for resignation for undergraduates is Carolyn Harris, Director of Academic Advising, located in 202 Cowgill Hall or for graduates Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, located in GLC, Room 232. Submit completed resignation form to the University Registrar's office by 5:00 p.m. Last day to change grade options from P/F to A-F by 5:00 p.m. Visit the University Registrar in 250 Student Services Building to process.
Tuesday, March 24 - Opening of Web Course Request for Fall Semester 2015

Graduation Information


The CAUS Diversity Committee invites all university students, faculty, and staff to express their perspective on "Breaking Stereotypes". Entries can comprise any of the following media: essay, music, painting, photography, poster, and video, etc. Competition rules and an entry form are here. Entries must be received by 5pm, March 25, 2015.
Houzz and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are teaming up to spotlight architecture’s emerging talent. Enter the Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase to get your work in front of Houzz’s 25 million users and for a chance collaborate with Houzz on a community revitalization project. Deadline: 12 p.m. (noon) PST, March 31, 2015.
The SOM Prize and Travel Fellowship are two annual awards that are administered as a single competition. The awards are given to students and recent graduates of Architecture, Design (including interior design, landscape architecture, environmental graphics, or industrial design) and Urban Design. Intent to Apply postmarked by Monday, April 20

The Fentress Global Challenge is an international design competition created to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. The competition theme changes each year to reflect current issues. For 2015, students around the globe are invited to imagine The Airport of the Future. Register by Friday, May 1, 2015

For more information, download the full competition program here.
The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Paul Rudolph Trust, American Institute of Architects, and the Center for Architecture, Design & Engineering in the Library of Congress, and administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service (HABS/HAER/HALS). Entry Form deadline is May 31, 2015
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce the 2015 Charles E. Peterson Prize, which annually recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students. Submission deadline is June 30, 2015
For the 6th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document modernist landscapes unique to your region of the country. Submission deadline is June 31, 2015


HAER Maritime Documentation Internship
The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the HAER Maritime Documentation Internship. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a Historic American Engineering Record maritime documentation project. Application deadline is March 27, 2015
Sustainability Internship in Panama
Since the Summer of 2010 we have had students from 20 countries, 45 states, and 160 universities produce more than 400 individual research projects and reports in sustainability. more
Student Internship
The design office is offering paid student internships for the Summer of 2015. Submissions due March 20, 2015. more
Intern Architect
JKF ARCHITECTURE is expanding its Design Team and is currently seeking Intern Architects with 2-5 years’ experience to join us in Greenville, North Carolina. Powered by our energized and innovative Design Team JKF ARCHITECTURE successfully delivers client-focused design solutions across North Carolina. more
Design Consultant
We provide a clear career path for interior design professionals and design-minded business people as well as superb earnings opportunities and outstanding benefits.  If you’re interested in working for the industry leader and you have the talent, style and passion to thrive in our fast-paced creative environment. more
Entry Level Architect
Evergreene Homes is currently interviewing candidates for a newly created Entry Level Architect position. Located just 25 miles east of Washington D.C. and 8 miles south of Washington Dulles International Airport, Evergreene Homes offers an expanding range of project types with a heavy focus on residential architecture. more
Intern Architect
Sanders Designs, Architects is looking for an experience Intern Architect to join their award-winning design team. We have a strong and diverse portfolio in both the Commercial and Residential marketplace. more
Intern (Entry Level) Architect
Currently we are seeking entry level candidates who are eager to learn and gain the valuable experiences needed to become a practicing Architect.  Job responsibilities would include but are not limited to: drafting, rendering, construction document preparation, construction site visits & documentation, building code review, assisting senior firm members, and last but certainly not least, being a positive team-player while having fun and loving what you do!!! more
Architectural Intern
We seek an energetic and enthusiastic intern who would enjoy joining our team of design professionals. more
Entry Level Solution Sales Specialist
In this position, you will have the opportunity to develop your strategic selling skills by building diverse, collaborative relationships with our customers and sales managers.  You will be responsible for supporting a specific sales territory through lead generation, creation of quality specifications, and solution selling while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction.  This assignment will allow you to build your business acumen and technical product knowledge through our sales excellence training program.  You will also assist the team with promotions and events to include new product launches.  Our solution sales representatives are an integral part of our sales teams, adding significant value and making an immediate impact on territory performance. more
Summer Intern
FOX Architects is an award winning interior design and architecture firm. We are seeking interns who are eager to learn about corporate commercial workplace design and have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic design team at our McLean, VA and Washington, D.C. office. They will assist in design reviews, production, research, coordination and many more fun projects. more


Tom Cory was a founding member of the APA and in his honor, the APA developed the Tom Cory Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving student in an architecture program. Apply by March 31, 2015
The Halucinated Scholarship for the Aspiring Creative is for (but not limited to) passionate designers, animators, editors, photographers, artists, illustrators, and painters, who wish to develop their skills at higher education institutions. June 1st Deadline
Funded by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. our competitive scholarships provide financial support to promising students at two levels. July 30th deadline
Vectorworks is sponsoring a Design Summit in Philadelphia, PA from April 27-29.  This event provides networking opportunities, engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and much more! register
4 free ‘registration codes’ are available for students and professors on a first come, first serve basis.  The free registration means that you don’t have to pay for a ticket [normal price for a student/professor ticket is $99].  The ticket includes lunches and dinners the days of the events as well as access to all sessions, activities, and training.  You WOULD have to pay for transportation and lodging. Contact Laura Sparra for available codes.

Please contact Henri de Hahn for school assistance to attend this program.
Lighting Education Toolkit Available from
The Nuckolls Fund

“Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum,” is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university approach to lighting education initiated by a group of educators and funded by the $50,000 Twentieth Anniversary Grant awarded by the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education.

Applicable to architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and architectural engineering, the curriculum provides 7 interactive modules with content, examples, definitions, and educator resources, supplemented with animations, audio, and other interactive features. These free modules are available for online study: [click here] or for download as PowerPoint presentations: [click here] or


Robert L. Turner Lecture Series
Due to the vision and generosity of Robert L. Turner (B.Arch 1972), the School of Architecture + Design will soon inaugurate the Robert L. Turner Lecture Series. Initial committee members are: Profs. Hilary Bryon, chair (ARCH), Helene Renard (ITDS), C.L. Bohannon (LAR), and Jim Bassett, Paul Emmons, and Scott Gartner (ARCH). Students are invited to contact Hilary for guest speaker suggestions.
Two Minutes With Snøhetta - Interview from ITDS
Check out the interview ITDS did with Ian Colburn of Snøhetta, designers of The Virginia Tech Center for the Arts building, here.
More interviews


The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Board of Directors have announced the winners of Interior Design Competition. First place was awarded to Erica Brooks of Virginia Tech who will receive a $5,000 scholarship to continue
her studies in interior design. The second place winner, Tung Nguyen from Winthrop University, will receive a $1,500 scholarship. In addition to the awards, each has been given memberships in the ASFD and ASID professional associations and their schools will receive $1,000 to use in their academic programs.  The Bienenstock scholarships are open to any junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college design program.
Catherine Cheek, a Virginia Tech Industrial Design student, was the 2nd place $1,500 winner in the Bienenstock Furniture Design Competition with this entry.
Leigh Ann Soistman was one of the five national finalists for the Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship.
Shannon Myers was one of the five finalists in the Steelcase NEXT competition. She was flown out to Grand Rapids to present her project to Steelcase and she was awarded a custom "think" chair.

The work of NCR/MLA student David Bayer, developed in Michael Ezban’s studio this past fall, has been accepted for publication in the Scenario Journal 5:  Extraction. Scenario Journal is an online publication focused on the next generation of urban landscapes.
Alexine Goldwag, MS student, won a national award of merit for her lighting of the Mark Boone project (through Cooper lighting) in January -- she will be honored at Lightfair in NYC in May.


Patrick Doan presented a paper titled "Constructing Fragments" at the 2015 Beginning Design National Conference of the Beginning Design Student, at Houston University on February 27, 2015.
Michael A. Ermann's book "Architectural Acoustics Illustrated" was published this past January 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. For additional information, visit:
NCR/MLA faculty member Nathan Heavers, aided by graduate assistant John Whilden (MLA 2014), developed a 'deep map' of the city's street trees, and created a Sidewalk Arboretum, a public art project, along Prince Street between Washington Alexandria Architecture Center Buildings. The Arboretum opened in December 2014.
In December he received the Outstanding New Faculty Award from the NCR Faculty Association and delivered the inaugural Outstanding New Faculty lecture.
Lisa Tucker had two books come out last fall - Designing for Sustainable Residential and Commerical Interiors (September 2014) and the second edition of Sustainable Building Systems and Construction for Interiors (December 2014)
Joe Wheeler presented a collaborative research project at the January Bath and Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas this past January. Joe and his students presented Virginia Tech's Kitchen of the Future as part of a larger research agenda of the FutureHAUS. The Kitchen of the Future will be showcased at this year's AIA National Convention in Atlanta, May 14-16, 2015.
For additional information, please visit:
Keith and Marie Zawistowski, gave a lecture on "Why Architecture Matters" at Philadelphia University on March 9, 2015.
The Sharon Fieldhouse, part of the Design/Build Lab studio, was a feature in the latest addition of Architect Magazine.
Paola Zellner Bassett will be presenting two papers "Between the Pyramid and the Labyrinth," and "Forecasting Nets" at the 103rd Annual ACSA Meeting in Toronto, March 19-21, 2015. The Topic of the Conference is The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center.


Thursday Lecture Series
Thursday, March 19
Hancock 100

Faculty Lecture this week given by Professor Hans Rott.
This Week in the Lobby
- Marie Paget
Tuesday - Aki Ishida
Wednesday - Aki Ishida

Monday through Wednesday the lobby will also feature an interview with Tom Regan that was recorded prior to the College’s 50th anniversary.


Mid-Semester Check
Monday, March 16
Femoyer 111

Has the reality of the semester begun to sunk in? Different input creates different output. Come learn varying strategies to finish the semester STRONG!

Seminar Series on Academic Success
Study Abroad Scholarship Info Sessions
Tuesday, March 17
11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm
GLC Room B

Interested in studying abroad, but unsure how to finance it? Learn about study abroad scholarship opportunities, each information session will last 30-45 minutes with time for questions. Members of the Flobal Education Office and the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid will be in attendance.
AFSP Out of the Darkness Campus 5K Walk
Saturday, March 21
Huckleberry Trail

The first annual AFSP Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is open to the public and will be held on the Huckleberry Trail. We welcome any and all community members in Blacksburg and its surrounding areas to participate in the walk. Register Here
More campus events

In Memoriam: J. Thomas Regan

It is with great sadness that we share with you that former faculty member Tom Regan passed away at his home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Thursday, March 5th. Prof. Regan was instrumental in the formation of the architecture program from 1967 until 1984. He was a graduate of Auburn University and the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

While at Virginia Tech in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, he served as Professor, Chair of the Foundation Program, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Washington-Alexandria Center.

After leaving Virginia Tech, he became the Founding Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami, Dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, Dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University, and Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

Tom’s leadership, teaching, and camaraderie framed his persona. He will always be remembered as a mentor, colleague, and friend to many of us in the College and to thousands of alumni that he taught and influenced.

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