Week of August 31, 2015
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This is the 2nd iteration of the Student Digest. In the digest you will find information related to classes, competitions, scholarships, school events, available internships and jobs, as well as school news. Please watch out for these every Monday. Feel free to email Taylor Cupp ( if you have any comments, suggestions, or anything you feel should be included in the weekly digest.



Please note there are no classes to be held on Monday, September 7, 2015 (Labor Day).

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.



More about what is happening in the lobby this week....
The foundation program will be displaying a Blacksburg Mural, Monday and Tuesday.

2015 Architecture Grad, Nicholas Cotes, is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 SOM Prize, a $50,000 research and travel fellowship that enables one outstanding applicant the opportunity to travel in connection with carrying out in-depth research on a subject of their choosing, to meet with other  professionals in the field, and to pursue study outside the realm of established patterns. Read more about the prize and Nick's plans here. Congratulations, Nick!


We had four of our students (Agnes Warneford-Thomson, ARCH; Kelly McCarthy, ARCH; Kimberly Duty, ITDS; and Carson Owen, ITDS) interning at Baskervill this summer. Check out this article Baskervill wrote on what they thought was the most surprising thing they learned while working as one of Baskervill's summer interns.
Ashleigh Otto (IDS) was featured in this video about the lattice structure that was designed here at Virginia Tech, and was put on display up in Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway this summer.
Video here.

Lauren Fabin (ITDS) has received a $30,000 scholarship from the Angelo Donghia Foundation's 2015 Student Scholarship Program in Interior Design. This scholarship awards scholarships to promising students who are entering their senior year in a baccalaureate degree program in interior design. Congratulations, Lauren! Read more here.

Oretola Thomas (WAAC ARCH) & Vicky Arias (WAAC ARCH) received an honorable mention for their Steel Competition entry. The 2014-2015 Steel Design Student Competition offered architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories. In July, the jury selected 6 prize winners and 10 honorable mentions out of over 500 entries. Their project was titled Alley InTension, you can view it here. Their faculty sponsor was Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Architecture Professor teaching at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center.


Laura McGuire (Visiting Assistant Professor, ARCH) will be giving a lecture, September 9, and participating in a panel at the Museum of Modern Art for a book launch. See the invitation here.
Congratulations to Michael Ermann (Associate Professor, ARCH) for being selected for VT CIDER Teacher of the week for this week -- read more about this honor here.
Check out this article about the MASS Design Group bringing social design to Boston. Nathan King (Assistant Professor, ARCH) is the MASS director of research. This project was also in collaboration with Virginia Tech's Center for Design Research and Autodesk, Inc. Read more here and here.

Mintai Kim (Associate Professor, LAR) presented a paper titled "Mapping the Place Identity of Insa-Dong, Korea" at the 2015 Digital Landscape Architecture (DLA) conference held in Dessau, Germany, June 3-7, 2015. The theme of the conference was "Systems Thinking in Landscape Planning and Design." He received the 2nd best paper award. The awarded papers were pre-selected among full papers submitted for the conference by the reviewers prior to the conference.
Professor of Architecture Markus Breitschmid has been awarded an honorary medal by the Colegio de Arquitectos del Perú, the professional association of Peruvian architects. Breitschmid received the honor in a ceremony at the National Auditorium of the Colegio de Arquitectos del Perú, in the capitol city of Lima from the association’s president Jose Enrique Arispe Chavez, with the presence of academic and professional representatives and other invited guests on May 21, 2015. more

Changes in A+D's leadership responsibilites:
Dave Dugas is the next chair of the 2nd and 3rd year Architecture programs.
Terry Clements is the new Chair of the Landscape Architecture program
Jim Bassett has taken over as Chair of the Foundation Program

Promotions and New Appointments:
Paul Emmons (ARCH) was promoted to Full-Professor
Elizabeth Grant (ARCH) was promoted to Associate Professor
Anders Jensen will be joining the Industrial Design program as an Associate Professor
Nathan King joined us Spring 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Architecture program
Leigh Lalley will be joining the Interior Design program for Fall 2015
Jessica Goldsmith will be joining the Interior Design program for the AY 2015-16
Laura McGuire will be returning in the Architecture program for the AY 2015-16
Scott Gartner (ARCH) will be on a sabbatical this Fall 2015

Mitzi Vernon will be leaving A+D this Fall as she was appointed Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Kentucky which offers professional degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level: architecture, interior design, and historic preservation. Mitzi's leadership, teaching, scholarship and service to VT at large will be missed throughout A+D. I know that she will bring a similar passion and commitment to her new institution. We will miss Mitzi and wish her the best in her new leadership role. For additional information, please visit here.


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


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


NEW - 2016 EDSA Internship Opportunities
There are four Internship programs available, with the first application deadline being September 17, 2015.
flyer  website
NEW - 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
NEW - 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
NEW - 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
NEW - 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


2nd & 3rd Year Arch Meeting
Tuesday, September 1
Hancock Hall

Dave Dugas, chair of the Core Professional Program, asks that 2nd and 3rd year Architecture students should meet for about 30 minutes to go over some general aspects of the semester.
This Week in the Lobby (more information below in School News)

Monday - Tuesday - Jim Bassett



New Student Convocation
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Hancock 100
Dean Jack Davis is inviting all new students within CAUS to the Freshman and Transfer student convocation. Please plan to attend.
Michelle Cullen - Cities on the Path to Smart
Tuesday, September 1
NCR - 900 N. Glebe Road, 2nd Floor, Arlington, VA 22203
Cullen will discuss how, as this smart city market grows, IT providers clamor to spread their wares, leaving an indelible mark on a growing number of cities around the world. more


Career Outfitters
Thursday, September 3 10am-6pm
Friday. September 4 9am-noon
Smith Career Center
870 Washington Street

All Virginia Tech students are invited to shop to dress to impress for fall career fairs and other career-related events. All free of charge. more
Friday, September 4

FREE - Gobblerfest is an excellent way for students to meet each other, explore common interests, and become a part of the Virginia Tech community. more
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