Week of February 8, 2016
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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?


Save the date: 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.

LaserCAMM & 3D Printer
Last Friday the LaserCAMM broke down due to normal "excessive" usage that our pedagogy requires from our students. We have located funds over $13,000 to repair the LaserCAMM in the wood shop and parts have already been ordered late last week by staff in the shop. We look forward having this invaluable piece of equipment back on its feet very shortly.
Also, we are investing funds to bring up to speed the Object 30 PRO (3D Printer) in the wood shop and get it fully operational as well in a couple of days.
A+D is committed in supporting and enhancing all of our students' needs, both analog and digital. Yet with this commitment towards very expensive technology, I encourage all of us to exercise even more cautious when using all digital technology. While they have become the new workhorses of our century, they remain sensitive in how they are used with specific requirements in terms of usage, materials, digital files, etc.
In an effort to assist A+D users, Bram Lewis would like to be pro-active and create with his team:
  • a short video series that teaches how to use the laser cutters, and 
  • appoint/elect a point person in each studio (as appropriate) to be the lead on working with their studio on laser cutting and participate in training on how to supervise laser cutting. 
Please let us know how we can continue to enhance your education by reaching out directly to Bram at <>.

Check out the photo gallery of the bathroom of the future when it was displayed in Las Vegas.
Alumni News - Message from Kelsey Oesmann, B. Arch '14
This summer I'll be working with a non-profit called Bike & Build, cycling from coast to coast to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing. I'm currently working as an architect in the Washington, DC area, but in May I'm putting down my pencil, picking up a helmet and a hammer, and biking from Virginia Beach to Canon Beach, OR.  Along the way our team will stop in dozens of communities from coast to coast, to meet with local residents, educate about housing issues, and build affordable homes with local housing groups like Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. But we can't do any of this without the support and generosity of those who share our passion for social justice and affordable housing.
I'd love to invite you to take a minute to visit my website to learn more about me, the organization, and how you can support the affordable housing cause. I'll also be blogging before and during the trip, so you can ride along on the adventure. Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want more information.

Center for Design Research
Design Robotics Summit
February 12-13, 2016

In its second year, the annual CDR-Design Design Robotics Summit will be hosted by the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Research and Demonstration Facility (RDF)- Design Robotics Studio on February 12th and 13th . The annual summit is led by professors Nathan King, Chip Clark, and Bob Dunay, and is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and technologies by providing a platform that extends the collaborative potential between local and regional partners from academia, industry, and design practice. Building on the success of the 2015 event and as an extension of ongoing research, this year’s summit will focus on the design and realization of complex wooden spatial structures and will include 100 participants from the Virginia Tech School of Architecture +Design (VT A+D), The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT), The University of Virginia (UVA), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and industry partners Autodesk, Delcam, and Rudabega. Using a combination of Dynamo, Autodesk React Structures, and the new Dynamo-to-Robot workflow (developed in part during the 2015 summit), this workshop will explore integrated computational design and structural optimization-to-robotic fabrication workflows to design, evaluate, and fabricate a large format prototypical spatial structure using human-machine collaboration.


The HKS Mid-Atlantic will be hosting their 6th annual Design Fellowship in Washington, DC, March 4-7, 2016
The Intent: The intent of the Mid-Atlantic Design fellowship is to focus on DESIGN, SUSTAINABILITY and COMMUNITY by cultivating and showcasing the emerging design talent. The intent is to stimulate new design approaches by solving a challenge affecting the DC metro area all while building relationships with regional schools and the community. The HKS Mid-Atlantic Design fellowship was originally modeled after the company-wide HKS Design fellowship and the HKS Detroit Design fellowship; it has adapted and evolved to meet the specific situations of the Mid-Atlantic region. Fellows will be selected from the HKS Richmond, New York and Washington, DC offices as well as local universities.
 The 2016 HKS Mid-Atlantic Design Fellowship will be focused on design, sustainability and community.  This year’s challenge will examine the historic U Street Corridor in NW DC. Each team is asked to examine the relationship between history, architecture, and arts by delving deeply into the social fabric of D.C. at both the micro and macro levels in order to develop a design intervention that is sensitive to its immediate surroundings whilst also finding a way to give back to the community.
 Please note, all students are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
 More Information
More about the Mid-Atlantic Design fellowship:
 Applications are due Wednesday, February 10.
If you have any questions, feel free to email
Teaser poster   Design Prompt   Student Application

Previously posted competitions, still available:
2016 HEWV Summer Design Competition  February 15, 2016
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


NEW - Ellen Braaten Media Award
Industrial Design 4th year and Architecture 5th year students,
The Ellen Braaten Media Award recognizes a graduating senior from either Industrial Design or Architecture who has incorporated design related media as a core part of a major project, senior thesis, or an overall body of work during their tenure at Virginia Tech.  Examples include the traditional materials of the School's history (pottery, printmaking, silkscreening, photography, etc.), but we welcome proposals with alternative media applications. 
Students who are interested in being considered for the award should submit an 8.5 X 11 inch portfolio of no more than 5 pages (not including the cover) that includes an abstract of no more than 250 words describing the use of media in their work.  

Submission deadline is 5:00 PM on April 1, 2016

Portfolios should be brought to Nora Stover, 201 Cowgill Hall.  Submissions from the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center should be mailed to Nora Stover, School of Architecture + Design, 1325 Perry Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

The award of $1000 will be given to a student selected by a faculty member from Industrial Design and Architecture and Ellen Braaten.
Most of you have a portfolio that could be tailored easily toward a submission for this award.
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
Attention all creative writers, filmmakers, artists, designers, and musicians in the Blacksburg area: submit your stuff to be published on
The Pylon is Blacksburg's newest digital publication that specializes in submission-based creative works, investigative and longform pieces, and informed commentaries. We are an independent organization that covers local stories and provides an outlet for alternative voices.
In spirit with the bleak month of February, this month's theme for submissions is isolation. Submit by Feb. 24For more info on how to submit:  
And if you're interested in being on the staff* of The Pylon, we need artists of all media to fortify our online appearance and vibe, giving the Blacksburg community the unique voice it deserves! Check out the attached file for more info.
*Please note that staff members cannot submit their creative work for publication.
We hope to hear from you!


The Craft Editors at The Pylon

Alyssa Lentz


Laura Copan

call for artists   call for submissions

Previously posted opportunities, still available:
AIA/Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship  February 10, 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
2016 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship  April 8, 2016

AIA Architects League of Northern New Jersey  April 29, 2016


NEW - Intern Level Architect
KOP Architects is looking for an intern level architect with 0-3 years of experience.  Must have good AutoCAD skills.  Interested parties should send their resume to
NEW - Architecture Intern - Summer Internship, June 1 - August 12th
Cooper Robertson is pleased to extend this invitation to candidates for its 2016 Summer Internship Program. You must have at least one semester of work remaining in your current degree program to be eligible. Apply by April 1, 2016.
NEW - Intern Architect
Anne Decker Architects, an award-winning, nationally published firm, is actively seeking a talented Intern Architect with 2-4 years of experience* to work on detail-oriented residential projects from concept design through construction. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits package, and a casual work environment. *A Spring 2016 B.Arch or M.Arch graduate will be considered if s/he can demonstrate that s/he has the above noted qualifications. more
NEW - Summer Intern Architect
FORMDESIGN is a growing dynamic architecture firm specializing in retail, restaurant and mixed used commercial spaces. We are seeking an intern architect committed to higher standards of service, creativity, and quality to join our team. Apply by March 18, 2016.
NEW - Student Summer Intern
Cathy Wilkinson Senior Interior Designer with Design Resource Services 360 inc. located in Roanoke VA. Our company primarily works on Senior Living projects on the east coast.  I’m looking for a student intern for the over the summer. Ideally I would like to start interviewing next week and would need someone immediately.
Contact Info: Cathy Wilkinson  CID, ASID, LEED Green Associate
Senior Interior Designer
4423 Pheasant Ridge Rd
Building # 3 , Suite 201
Roanoke , VA 24014
Previously posted job postings, still available:
2016 SOM Summer Internship Program March 21, 2016  poster
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



Portfolio Workshop - sponspred by the AIAS for AIAS Students
February 10th
Cowgill 300

Organized in small groups, A+D faculty will rotate from table to table to review students' portfolios and offer suggestions for improvements. Junior students who are interested in how portfolios are created are welcome to attend the workshop.
Faculty Lecture
Thursday, February 11th
Hancock 100

Steve Thompson will be presenting - "Momma Told Me Not to Draw on Walls"
IDEAS Group Guest Lecturer
Friday, February 12th
Interior Design Classroom, Burruss

This week's lecturer is coming from HKS
This Week in the Lobby

Monday - Tuesday - CL Bohannon
Thursday - Friday - Frank Weiner

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.
For a Good CAUS Silent Auction - presented by Alpha Rho Chi
Saturday, February 27th

Bid on art donated by faculty, students, and alumni more


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


Virginia Tech Graduation Fair
Tuesday, February 9th
Holtzman Alumni Center (back of Inn @ VT)

Virginia Tech's official Graduation Fair is a one-stop shop for all of your graduation needs. more
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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