Week of February 22, 2016
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Discovering Your Strengths
At Virginia Tech, students are encouraged to focus on their gifts and talents, honing them into true strengths.

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?


NEXT WEEK: 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.
Professor Greg Tew is now serving as the faculty advisor for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), following a strong leadership role by Professor Joe Wheeler. In addition to this role, Greg is taking over the Intern Development Program (IDP) coordinator's role that Professor Margarita McGrath so ably assisted with over the past year. We am delighted that Greg will mentor the architecture students is partaking in those important professional aspirations.
Landscape Architecture Week sponsored by ASLA-VT (click poster to enlarge)
This week's Instagram Takeover...
If you'd like to takeover our instagram page for a week, email


2016 Summer Scholar Competition Update
Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas +Co. experienced technical difficulties between 2/10/2016 and 2/15/2016. If you applied for our 2016 Summer Scholar competition during these days, please re-submit portfolios and applications. We apologize for the inconvenience. In lieu of the technical issue, we have also re-opened the competition to eligible design students. We are now accepting applications through 11:59pm on 2/22/2016. Please follow this link to re-submit or apply:
 If you have technical difficulties with the application site and receive an error message, please send your Portfolio (under 10MB) and Resume to
 If you’d like to get a better feel for the summer experience, check out the promo video 2015 Summer Scholars made:
NEW Recruiting Wood Camper Truck Competition Participants
Organizers of the Mitchell Carr Symposium on Creative Uses of Wood in Design are looking to recruit 10 to 15 Architecture + Design students to participate in the wood camper truck design/build competition. The competition will begin with a launch event at 5:30pm on Tuesday, March 15, with fabrication period starting on Thursday, March 17 and ending on Sunday, March 20 at 5pm. All wood materials will be provided, and there will be cash prizes for the winners. Every member will receive a t-shirt designed by our 5th year B.Arch student James Wood.
We will assemble 5 interdisciplinary teams, each consisting of 2 or 3 A+D students and a student each from Biomaterials; Building Construction; and Apparel, Housing and Resource Management. Those who are interested should contact Prof. Aki Ishida by this Thursday at She will be available to answer any questions at and before the AIAS meeting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, February 24 in Cowgill 300. We look forward to your enthusiastic response. poster
Eleven is excited to announce their latest architecture and idea challenge: 'San Francisco 2016 - Tenderloin System Update.' The city is the USA’s most sought after real estate location and its Bay Area is today leading the way for innovative technologies and new urban models for the future. However, San Francisco is also home to the Tenderloin, one of the most distressed and dangerous neighborhoods of the USA. The Tenderloin is an area of huge untapped potential waiting to be discovered, but the question remains: how do you solve a problem like San Francisco’s Tenderloin? Deadline is May 11, 2016.
Previously posted competitions, still available:
Arcbazar - Obama Presidential Library March 10, 2016  brief
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


Dear Prospective CASA Student,
Cathi and I are organizing the 2016 CASA Mexico Study Abroad Program for this summer 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. 
Cathi and I 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.  
We will be flying down to Mexico next week to finalize the plans for this summer's CASA program and we wanted to explain the application process.  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 February.
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.  A $1,000 deposit will be due by February 28th to hold your place.  Please make out your check to Steven House and mail it to 1499 Washington Street, San Francisco, California 94109.  We would like to receive the balance of your payment along with the signed Program Agreement by March 31st. 
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

CASA Magazine Article
San Miguel Video Link
CASA Mexico Program
Previously posted opportunities, still available:
The Pylon February 24, 2016

Silhouette February 26, 2016  poster
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
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


At Career Day - February 29th
Dewberry invites you to stop by our booth during the career fair.  This is an opportunity to meet with company representatives, highlight your skills and interests, as well as learn about the exciting full-time and internship opportunities that we have to offer.  Students are encouraged to register online and submit your resume in advance! 
Please note this is a different system than the overall resume submission for the Career Day from the school - this is specific to their booth and if you plan on speaking with them on Monday.
NEW - Challenge Detroit Fellowship

Challenge Detroit’s vision is to attract individuals from across the country as well as retain talent from the city and region through a one-year fellowship program. Over the course of a year, fellows live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit. They work for top top regional companies, while partnering monthly with nonprofits to address issues and opportunities facing the community. If you know anyone who would like to be a Fellow involved in one of the most exciting social movements in the history of our great city, please send them this link to our Application Page!

We are accepting Phase One applications until Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:59PM EST.
more  poster
Previously posted job postings, still available:
FORMDESIGN Summer Intern Architect March 18, 2016
2016 SOM Summer Internship Program March 21, 2016  poster
Cooper Robertson Architecture Intern April 1, 2016
G. Manu & Associates Summer Architecture Internship more
KOPA - Intern Level Architect more
Anne Decker Intern Architects more
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


History/Theory Faculty Candidate Lecture
Tuesday, February 23rd
Cowgill 300

History/Theory faculty candidate Joseph Bedford will lecture in Room 300. The committee encourages your attendance and welcomes your impressions and assessments by March 30, 5 pm. more
Networking Your Portfolio - sponsored by the AIAS
February 24th
Cowgill 300

With School Director Henri de Hahn - Now that you have a great resume and your portfolio, what can you expect when discussing your work in front of a future employer. Tips and recommendations will be offered during this workshop.
WAAC Information Meeting
Friday, February 26th
Cowgill 300

WAAC Information meeting for undergrad and grad students interested in 4th year, thesis and/or urban design. poster
Urbanism Faculty Candidate Lecture
Friday, February 26th
Cowgill 300

Urbanism faculty candidate Edward Becker will lecture in Room 300. The committee encourages your attendance and welcomes your impressions and assessments by March 30, 5 pm. more
This Week in the Lobby

Monday - Tuesday -
Landscape Symposium
Wednesday - Friday - CAUS Faculty Research Symposium
School of A+D Career Day
Monday, February 29th
The Inn at Virginia Tech - Latham Ballroom

68 firms have committed to attending our Career Day and are looking forward to meeting you. If you'd like to submit your resume to have them review it before hand, please submit here.
For a Good CAUS Silent Auction - presented by Alpha Rho Chi
Wednesday March 2nd
Cowgill Lobby

Bid on art donated by faculty, students, and alumni poster
Please visit for more information!


CAUS 2016 Faculty Research Symposium
Wednesday, February 24th - Friday, February 26th

The CAUS Faculty Research Symposium is a biannual event and has been a time to celebrate the great research going on across our college. more
Spring 2016 Construction Career Fair
Friday, February 25th
The Inn at Virginia Tech - Latham Ballroom

You can upload your resume to the website by logging in here or creating a new account here. Make sure you click Spring 2016 Career Fair when you're saving so it will be included.
Sew and So
February 23 - March 16
Armory Gallery, 201 Draper Road

Contemporary Art Exhibition "Sew and So" incorporating the work of SOVA faculty Jennifer L. Hand, Simone Paterson, and Amelia Salisbury. poster
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


Green Open House
February 24th
Squires Old Domion Ballroom

An open house for sustainable living - join us for an evening of lively discussion regarding sustainable living off campus and free food!  more  poster
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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