Week of March 28, 2016
View this email in your browser
To view all content in the digest, please open in browser format. Click on the link at the top right.


Tuesday, March 29th - Close of Web Course Request for Fall Semester 2016

Friday, April 15th - Deadline for requesting rescheduling of final examination that conflict or constitute a third exam in 24 hours (See Carolyn Harris/Sonia Hirt)
Saturday, April 16th - Web Drop/Add begins for Fall Semester 2016

commencement guide

Need to contact your advisor?
click picture for more information


A+D Director and Professor Henri de Hahn will be offering an off-campus mini Summer Session (July 27 through August 13, 2016) to Paris. The topic of the trip is to immerse students in a "Cultural excursion of the city of Paris through the lens of urban landscapes and its private and institutional architecture and interiors". A more complete description may be found though the following .pdf link.
An information session for this summer trip will be on Wednesday, April 6 at noon in Cowgill 300.
Theory and History of Architecture Fall Semester 2016 Offerings - for undergrad and graduate students, check out more information here. CRNs are available to submit for course request.
Fall 2016 Form Structure Focus - an independent study in Clay with Professor Emeritus Ellen Braaten - ARCH 4974; CRN 80732 (must fill out an independent study form) more
This Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm in Hancock Hall, Larry Scarpa, Principal of Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles, will contribute to the Robert Turner lecture series.
Brooks + Scarpa has been repeatedly recognized for their fine designs. While each project is uniquely developed, the firm maintains an enduring inquiry in and through the process of making. Their unending focus on the craft of practicing architecture has resulted in material poetics, timeless placemaking, and innovative sustainability.
In 2014, Brooks+Scarpa was recognized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for "leadership in sustainable and social progressive design" and recently, Scarpa co-founded the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AFHDL) to help develop sustainable and livable communities.
For the past year, Lauren Fabin ITDS, has been developing her senior studio thesis for Studio Art. The opening is Tuesday, March 29th 5-7pm at the Art Armory Gallery at 203 Draper Road. She will be showing with four seniors from SOVA (Caitlin Werle, GiGi Mead, Kennedy Bryn, and Bekah Liberatore) all using different mediums. The show goes through April 2nd. flyer
Unlikely Ensembles -- Kevin Jones' 3rd Year Architecture Studio joined up with the School of Performing Arts on the drillfield to bring a day of music and architecture to the campus. Check out videos and photos from the University here.
Additional information on Lobby exhibits
Monday-Tuesday - "The idea for the installation started as a simple conversation between students and faculty about the impermanence of our daily lives. In our digital age, we always seek to be somewhere else, experience things are not directly our own. This outreach starts to fundamentally define who we are. Our constant bombardment with imagery is always transporting us beyond our physical boundaries to the point that it now becomes the space that we experience." -Adam Burke, Alex Bala, Chris Pritchett
Wednesday - "A Spatial Narrative"
- For this project, each person was assigned a specific character archetype such as a mother, child, farmer, addict, etc. that had to be represented within a particular space. Each individual was spatially restricted to one wedge in a circle with a diameter of two feet and a maximum height of two feet, and each individual had to interact with their neighbor. Additionally, the materials used were restricted to one ply chipboard and an eighth by a fourth of an inch wooden dowel as the largest size of wood that could be used. The project was centered on how individual parts come together to make a whole while still maintaining their individuality.  poster (Project by Chris Pritchett's 1st year studio)


The Radical Innovation compeition is now calling for entries, looking for new talent and new ideas for the next big thing in hotels. Entry deadline is April 22, 2016.
Previously posted competitions, still available:
NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront April 4, 2016  poster  brief
R+D Awards Early Bird April 15, 2016
Dencity Competition April 25, 2016  poster
Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals May 1, 2016
Virtue Hotel May 2, 2016
Arcbazar - Obama Presidential Library May 10, 2016  brief
San Francisco 2016 May 11, 2016
Historic Richmond May 13, 2016

Plural City Ideas Challenge May 22, 2016
Leicester B. Holland Prize 2016  May 31, 2016

Peterson Prize 2016  June 30, 2016


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.
Learn invaluable professional skills in under two weeks for free from on-the-ground leaders, network with corporate partners and institute affiliates to unlock new internship and job opportunities, meet Virginia Tech students from other majors with similar intererests in sustainability, and gain critical skills sets and experience through workshops, mentioring, and real world projects. Deadline for Application is April 10, 2016.
Deadline Friday
The Global Education Scholarships are need-based scholarships available for participants in study abroad programs where tuition and fees are paid to Virginia Tech, including the VT Bilateral Exchange, ISEP Exchange, and faculty-led programs. Deadline is April 1, 2016.
The IAWA Center invites students of the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov through research on women in architecture and related design fields. This research, in concert with the preservation efforts of the IAWA, will help fill the current void in historical knowledge about women's professional achievements. An annual prize of $1,000 is being presented. The first stage is due by April 15, 2016. More information here  Poster
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 must be postmarked by April 18, 2016. more
Last year, Nicolas Coates, VT Arch '15, was the recipient of the 2015 SOM Prize, a $50,000 travel and research fellowship. more
Dear Prospective CASA Student,
Cathi and I are finalizing the the details for this summer's 2016 CASA Mexico Study Abroad Program and we hope you might join us.  We know that it will give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself into the architecture, culture, art and history of Mexico, and a focused attention on your personal goals and perspective on your life as a creative person. 
We would like to know if you are interested in participating in CASA and to see if you need any further information to help you decide.  If you have time over the next few days for a phone conversation, I would be happy to speak with you about the program in more detail.  If you would like to talk, please send me your phone number, let me know what day and time works best and I will call you.  Since we only take a small, select group of students, we would like to give you the opportunity to sign up while there is still room.  Cathi and I are excited about this summer's program and hope you will be able to participate.
For your reference here is the latest CASA application information:
CASA Commitment  We will be making the Mexico City hotel reservations soon and need to know exactly how many students will be attending.  Therefore, we would appreciate a final decision from you by the end of March.
Program Agreement  As soon as you formally commit to the program, we will send you an agreement which will need to be signed by you and your parents. 
Program Fee  The program fee is $3,800, which includes lodging, two meals per day, entry fees and ground transportation.  Air fare and travel insurance are not included.  The payment and signed Program Agreement are due by March 31st to hold your place.  Please make out your check to Steven House and mail it to 1499 Washington Street, San Francisco, California 94109.  
Flight Schedule  The schedule is for all participants to fly into Mexico City on Thursday, May the 26th.  Cathi and I will meet you at the airport upon arrival and take you to the hotel in Mexico City.  There will be a "Welcome to Mexico Dinner" that evening and then everyone will get settled in before beginning the Mexico City portion of the program on Friday morning.  We can also assist you with your airline reservations if needed.  
Travel Insurance  We suggest that each student take out a travel insurance policy for the duration of the program.  CISI offers a very reasonable policy for students studying abroad and here is a link to their plans:
Passports  Students attending the CASA program must have a current passport for travel to Mexico.  Foreign students may need to obtain a visa.  If you don't have a current passport or visa we suggest you apply for one as soon as possible. 
Contact Information  If you are interested in attending we would appreciate you sending us your parents' names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for our records.  
In the meantime, please let us know if you or your parents have any questions or would like to speak with me.  Cathi and I look forward to the possibility of having you as part of our CASA Mexico Study Abroad Program this summer.  
Thank you very much.
All the best,
Steven House AIA Architect
House + House Architects
1499 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Previously posted opportunities, still available:
Archaeological Field School   March 31, 2016
Ellen Braaten Media Award April 1, 2016
2016 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship  April 8, 2016

AIA Architects League of Northern New Jersey  April 29, 2016
The Secret Life of Buildings  May 2, 2016


NEW - Architectural Intern and Architect
J. R. Bernlohr Architects, a design leader in the health and fitness industry, has immediate openings for an Architect and Intern. Design, document, and manage commercial, mixed use, and residential projects. Join a small studio serving national and international clients. Apply by June 1, 2016
NEW - Architect Intern
Responsibilities will include all phases of project development from design through construction, providing a full range of professional development. Apply by June 1, 2016
NEW - ProjX Summer Intern
The primary purpose of this job is to handle the more routine project-related administrative duties for PROJX architects in order to free them up to do design and project management, and meanwhile be mentored in a professional environment. Applications due by April 15, 2016.
NEW - Intern
Legacy Builders NRV, Inc. is seeking an Intern. Candidates must be proficient in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office and have a general knowledge of the construction industry. This company is located in Blacksburg, VA and is a short distance from campus. The company is seeking a candidate that must be willing to start work over the summer. Hours are flexible. Application deadline is March 31, 2016.
NEW - Employee Wellness Student Program Assistant, part-time
Virginia Tech Human Resources Department seeks qualified student candidates for the part-time student program Assistant position under the Hokie Wellness employee program. As part of a small team, the program assistant for Hokie Wellness will assist in most areas of the program. This includes planning and working events, maintaining the website, promoting programs via social media, content development for website, programs, and presentations. Application deadline April 8, 2016
NEW - Management Foundation Program
USPS has Architect Engineering and Real Estate Specialist positions open in their Management Foundation Program. Positions close on March 30, 2016.
Still looking to hire - Intern Architect
Hokie Alumni looking to hire upcoming graduating seniors for this entry-level full-time position!
Entry level, but multi-faceted, architectural intern position with small generalist architecture/interiors/planning firm owned by Hokie alumni and located at historic Fort Monroe. more
Previously posted job postings, still available:
G. Manu & Associates Summer Architecture Internship March 31, 2016
Cooper Robertson Architecture Intern April 1, 2016
DJG, Inc. Intern Architect  May 1, 2016
Intern Associate with Johnson & Associates May 15, 2016
Q-Design Intern Architect  May 31, 2016
Anne Decker Intern Architects May 31, 2016
Wiley|Wilson Architect Intern June 1, 2016
DDB Junior Designer/Construction Admin more
DDB Construction Admin/Assistant Carpenter more
DDB Lead Carpenter more
GA with MLA at Iowa State University more
Innovate Intern Architect more
KOPA - Intern Level Architect more
WGI Entry-Level Landscape Architect more

Intern with Winks/Snowa Architects more
Architectural Intern with CJMW more


Single or multiple awards totaling $15,000. To further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. The application deadline for the LeBrun Grant is November 1st by 5:00 pm EST. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application must be submitted by 5pm on the following Monday. more
Single Award up to $15,000. Advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Applications must be received on February 1st by 5:00 pm EST. If the application deadline falls on a weekend, the application must be submitted by 5 pm on the following Monday.  more


Urbanism Faculty Candidate Lecture
Tuesday, March 29th
Cowgill 300

History and Theory candidate El Hadi Jazairy will lecture in Room 300. The committee encourages your attendance and welcomes your impressions and assessments by March 30, 5 pm. more
Lawrence Scarpa
Wednesday, March 30th
Hancock 100

Brooks + Scarpa has been repeatedly recognized for their fine designs. While each project is uniquely developed, the firm maintains an enduring inquiry in and through the process of making. Their unending focus on the craft of practicing architecture has resulted in material poetics, timeless placemaking, and innovative sustainability. poster
IDEAS Group Guest Lecturer
Friday, March 25th
Interior Design Classroom, Burruss

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

Monday - Wednesday -
Chris Pritchett
Thursday - Friday - Patrick Doan
Nuture the Inventors of our Future
Friday, April 15th
201 Conference Room, Cowgill Hall

The graduate school is sponsoring "Bring Your Kids to School Day" on Friday, April 15th. Please feel free to bring and be with your children together in the Cowgill 201 Conference Room between 8am-11:30am for the School of Architecture + Design. Following you may walk together to the drillfield to enjoy a celebratory picnic starting at noon with Dr. Laura Sands.


Linkedin Photo Lab
Monday, March 28th

Smith Career Center
Get your FREE professional headshot from career services. Sign up for a slot on poster
Take Back the Night
Wednesday, March 30th

Henderson Lawn
This 27th annual take back the night rally and march to raise awareness of gender-based violence will be held on March 30th at 7pm on Henderson Lawn, across from the Lyric Theatre in downtown Blacksburg. facebook page  invitation email
SEC & ACC Virtual Career Fair
April 5-6, 2016

Students & Alumni Meet Employers Life online in a Virtual Event more
Inventing Your Future Through Your Personal Brand
Wednesday, April 6

Fralin Auditorium
Learn from experts in the field on how to best present yourself in the 21st century. more  flyer
Rehearsing Insurgency: New Documentary Cinema from the Outskirts of Brasilia
Friday, April 15th

Junior Commons, West Ambler Johnston
Dr. Furtado, a specialist in Brazilian cinema, will talk about Adirley Queiros, a contemporary filmmaker whose films mix documentary and science fiction. flyer
Housemaids (Domestica, 2012)
Saturday, April 16th

The Lyric Theatre
The teenage family members of seven Brazilian housemaids filmed this award-winning Brazilian documentary. As they train an intimate lens on their daily lives, the viewer is confronted with images that explore the complex relationship that exists between housemaids and their employers, a relationship that confuses intimacy and power in the workplace and provides us with an insight into the echoes of a colonial past that linger in contemporary Brazil. Q&A with Dr. Gustavo Furtado after the film. flyer
More campus events
Copyright © 2015 Virginia Tech, School of Architecture + Design, All rights reserved.

Past Student Digests

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences