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About The School

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Discussion of the biennial Naef Toy Design Competition in the Cowgill Hall Lobby, 2012

The Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design offers professionally-accredited degree programs in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. In addition, research-oriented graduate programs are offered, leading to masters and Ph.D. degrees.

The architecture and design programs at Virginia Tech strive to create an environment where each student’s unique abilities and capacities can be activated, while challenging them with the standards of excellence and achievement that are inherent in their chosen discipline and profession. Studios and courses in our academic programs are taught by faculty members who are deeply committed to each student’s education in architecture and design.

On the University’s main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, the School maintains a wide array of facilities to support its educational programs. The professional programs in the School of Architecture + Design are studio-based, and, from the first year onward, each student will have his or her own dedicated desk in the design studio in one of the School’s buildings at which to conduct their work. The design studios are supported by computing, rapid prototyping, and digital fabrication facilities, as well as workshops and laboratories for woodworking, metalworking, plastics, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, and photography. A comprehensive collection of research and study materials are available in the Art & Architecture Library, including an extensive set of architect’s working drawings of significant buildings.

The School offers opportunities for off-campus study though the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the Chicago Studio, various internship programs, in which students can earn academic credit while employed as interns in professional practice, and a number of Study Abroad Programs, including the Europe studio residency program at the University’s Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.

A broad range of possibilities exist for graduate and undergraduate students to become involved in design research endeavors, including history/theory inquiries, design-build projects, building science research, and digital fabrication work, as well as to engage in outreach projects serving local communities.