A+D Weekly

Week of September 19, 2016
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Message from the Wood Shop - The wood shop will begin its expanded hours in the evenings for the semester.  It will now be open Monday through Thursday from 5-9 PM every week in addition to its normal daily hours.

Undergrad ARCH & IDS students - Tamela Gallimore remains out of the office for now, so please continue to use these resources should you need anything --

Faculty Advisors:
First Years - Jim Bassett,, 540-231-7907, 201G Cowgill Hall
ARCH 2-5 - Heiner Schnoedt,, 540-231-7791, 201K Cowgill Hall
IDS 2-4 - Ed Dorsa,, 540-231-4928, 115 Burchard Hall
Dean's Office:
Carolyn Harris, Director of Academic Advising -, 540-231-6415, 202E Cowgill Hall
Kathryn Albright, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs -, 540-231-0795, 202E Cowgill Hall

Main office:
Taylor Cupp,, 540-231-5384

Upcoming on the academic calendar:
Monday, September 30th - Last day for students to drop Fall 2016 classes without grade penalty, last day to change grade option from A-F to P/F.

Need to contact your advisor?


Congratulations to B. Arch, 4th year student, Erin Kuschner, and her team for winning the WAACompetition Fall 2016: Urban Hunting and Gathering, a DC metro area scavenger hunt and documentation. Erin's team also included Sammi Seems, Cal Poly; Daniela Rubio, Mendoza; and Sam Zeyse, Bauhaus.
From Prof. Henri de Hahn - An opportunity of an off-campus program during Spring Break travel to Hong Kong (March 4 - March 11, 2017), one of the most exciting, culturally and contemporary cities in the world. I continue to visit this metropolis on a yearly basis and wish to share my knowledge with A+D students.
Please find the attachment that describes the program in detail and I welcome ALL students from A+D as Hong Kong offers a cornucopia of interests that covers each of A+D's disciplines. I feel very comfortable introducing them to you in your respective disciplines as this was the way we were taught in a European setting! When it comes to design issues, an integrative approach is key to any succesful project.
I will be presenting the program next Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Cowgill Hall, room 300 noon through a PowerPoint presentation followed by a Q&A sessions.


NEW - The challenge is significantly expedite real estate and financing transactions via an efficient, autonomous property survey system. Concept phase submission deadline is December 14, 2016. more


NEW - The Architect's Newspaper's annual Best of Design Awards has been launched. This year the awards has expanded to include 26 categories and, as always, a featured Student Category. Submission deadline is September 30th. poster  website
If you consider yourself creative and would like to celebrate your creativity then you should submit to Silhouette, Virginia Tech's Literary and Art Magazine! We accept all types of work including, but not limited to: poetry, prose, photography, sculpture, design renderings, paintings, sketches etc. If you are interested in submitting to Silhouette, please visit out website. Submissions close September 23rd! For any comments/ questions/concerns please email Silhouette's editor-in-chief, Layne Mandros.
Steven and Cathi House will be in town to give information about their CASA program in Mexico. They'll be giving a lecture in Cowgill 300 at 7pm on September 28th. Please plan to attend if you're interested in this summer study abroad opportunity. more

A recent article from AIA SF about the CASA Program.
Help requested! Blacksburg Sustainability Week is looking for students to get more involved in their service projects throughout the week. Check out the calendar of events and service projects that you can get involved with!      Website       Facebook       Service Opportunities


J. Armand Burgun Dellowship in FGI interest areas of Health Facility Planning and Design. The Fellowship in named in honor of J. Armand Burgun, FAIA, FACHA, a true pioneer of the Facilities Guidelines Institute. The mission of FGI is to establish and promote consensus-based guidelines and publications, advise by research, to advance quality healthcare. The Fellowship focuses on graduate research and education in the practice of healthcare architecture with an emphasis on the FGI Guidelines.  more
Landscape Architect/Designer
Urban, Ltd. ( seeks a landscape architect/designer with up to three years' experience to work in their Annandale, VA office. Urban is an industry leading firm in land development in the region, and provides a comfortable environment, competitive pay, great benefits and career advancement opportunities. more
Architectural Design Assistant
Looking for part time student or full time graduate, in both architecture and interior design, to work on the interior details of a L'Enfant Trust, 1904 Dupont Circle town house. more
The Architect will research and design in a real estate development setting, working as a team member on projects in all phases. Selected candidates will report directly to the Chief Architect and Vice President of COHL. more
Entry Level Interior Designer
Job specifics include: concept development, space planning, documentation, furniture bidding & procurement. more

Intern Architects - Hospitality
Level 3 Intern Architect will work with the Hospitality team creating schematic, design development, and construction documents. more


Hong Kong Spring Break Information Meeting
September 21st
Cowgill 300

Spring Break travel opportunity to Hong Kong - all A+D students are welcome to attend. An informative meeting will be held this Wednesday with a PowerPoint presentation followed by a Q&A. more
Tod Williams Lecture
September 21st
Hancock 100

Tod Williams, partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) will lecture at 7pm in Hancock 100. TWBTA's work is very well known around the world for its innovation and high quality in both space and materials. Among numerous recognitions, the firm received the 2013 AIA Firm of the Year Award and was recently chosen as the architects for the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.
AIA Blue Ridge Education Week
September 22nd
All Day
Charter Hall, Roanoke

Opportunity to network with local professionals in the A/E/C industry and take a deep dive into a variety of issues relevant to contemporary practice. Tickets are $20 for professionals, free for students. more
I.D.E.A.S. - Plant a Tree, Build A Home.
September 22nd
meet outside Seattle's Best at 12:45pm

Come join I.D.E.A.S. (Interior Designers for Education and Sustainability) in planting native trees during Sustainable Blacksburg's Camps Tree Planting Event. Help us make Virginia Tech more green!  poster
In The Lobby
Mon - Tue -
AIA Virginia Competition Posters Displayed brief 

Wed - Heiner Schnoedt
Thu - Fri - Chris Pritchett - An exploration in deconstruction and reconstruction, digital to analogue and part to whole. poster
CASA Information Lecture
September 28th
Cowgill 300

Steven and Cathi House will be in town to give information about their CASA program in Mexico. Please plan to attend if you're interested in this summer study abroad opportunity. more
Poster Show by Chris Pritchett - Opening Reception
on going
Armory Art Gallery - 203 Draper Road, Blacksburg, VA

Screenprints by designer, sheep farmer and teacher Chris Pritchett at the Armory Gallery on 203 Draper Road, Blacksburg, VA. The poster show will be on display in the Armory Gallery September 13th - October 8th.  poster
Fields and Flow
on going
XYZ Art Gallery, 223 N Main Street, Blacksburg, VA

Brad Whitney is a professor teaching in the interior design program. An avid painter and photographer, he presents his first solo show in Blacksburg at XYZ. The selected paintings are part of a larger body of work created during summer 2015 through summer 2016. They are inspired by conversations with his partner, a professor in electrical engineering, concerning the fundamental, elegant forces of nature. Show is September 16th - October 8th. postcard
MLA Open House
Saturday, October 22nd
601 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA

Join the Landscape Department at the WAAC Saturday, October 22nd from 9am-1pm for the Master of Landscape Architecture Program's Fall Open Studios/House. Meet current faculty and students, view studio design work and tour our facilities in Old Town with a recent program alumnus. For further information and registration, please contact Program Director, Laurel McSherry at


Fall 2016 Construction Career Fair
Tuesday, October 4th
Inn at Virginia Tech

You are invited to join Construction at their upcoming Career Fair more


Service without Borders - Tanzania Project
September 20th
Goodwin 244

Service Without Borders is an interdisciplinary, student-led organization whose mission is to share the spirit of Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), locally and globally by providing assistance to communities in need. A recent project was implementing a water irrigation system in Nepal, affecting many communities. poster  facebook
Graduate & Professional School Fair
September 26th
Squires Student Center, Floor 2

This event is perfect for undergraduate students interested in continuing on to an advanced degree program, as well as graduate students who are close to finishing a terminal Master's degree or certificate program and might like to continue on with their graduate studies. flyer
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
Art by Mary Lou and Bill Hill
2nd Floor West Wing of Norris Hall

Art exhibit of talented wife and husband artistic duo. Portraits, landscapes, marine scenes, and urban images using acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, and oil. Opening reception is Monday, September 12 3-4pm, get a chance to meet the artists. more
More campus events


Blacksburg Sustainability Week
Septemeber 18th - 25th
Around campus and Blacksburg

10th Anniversary of Sustainability Week - check out the events and get involved!
Service Opportunities
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