The Burchard Hall studio
The School of Architecture + Design maintains extensive facilities to support its academic programs.
The School's main offices are located in Cowgill Hall on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. Cowgill Hall also provides studio space for the school-wide Foundation program (first-year) and all levels of the Architecture programs, undergraduate and graduate, as well as classrooms and faculty offices. The lobby of Cowgill Hall serves as the School's principal exhibition space. In addition, the Art & Architecture Library, a branch of the University Library System, is located on the first floor of Cowgill Hall.
Burchard Hall provides studio space for the undergraduate Architecture and Industrial Design programs, classrooms, and faculty offices, as well as facilities serving the entire School, including wood, metal, plastics, textile, ceramic, and printmaking workshops, photographic darkrooms, and a digital input/output/fabrication lab.
The second floor of the north end of Burruss Hall accommodates Interior Design studios, classrooms, and faculty offices. The ground floor houses administrative and faculty offices and classrooms for the Landscape Architecture program. Landscape Architecture studios are located in the Collegiate Square complex approx. 4 blocks from Cowgill, Burchard, and Burruss Halls.
All on-campus A+D facilities are available to students 24 hours-a-day, with after-hours access typically via a card-swipe entry system.
Room 100 Hancock Hall, a 330-seat auditorium adjacent to Cowgill Hall, is shared between the School of Architecture + Design and the University.
Research facilities serving the School of Architecture + Design include the Research + Demonstration Facility (RDF) on Plantation Rd., the Vibration Testing Lab, adjacent to the RDF, and the Environmental Systems Lab at the Price's Fork Research Station, approx. 4 miles west of the campus.
In addition to its facilities in Blacksburg, the School of Architecture + Design has teaching and research centers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area — the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center — and in Riva San Vitale, a small town in the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland — the Steger Center for International Scholarship at the Villa Maderni.