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Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center

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The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center allows students to address the complexities of urban areas, using the National Capital Region (NCR) as a resource laboratory for design and research. The Center, established in 1980 as an urban extension of the College of Architecture & Urban Studies, provides numerous opportunities in which students can pursue their selected programs of study, along with students from other universities that participate in an international consortium of architecture schools.

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The WAAC campus along Prince Street in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia

The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center’s academic buildings are located within the historic district of Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. The 1001 Prince Street building provides studios, administrative offices, faculty offices, classrooms, a library, darkrooms, computer lab, and exhibit/presentation spaces. Built in 1910 as the Lee School for Girls, the City of Alexandria used the building as a public school until 1980. Shops are located in a portion of the adjacent building at 1021 Prince Street. The 601 Prince Street building provides studios, faculty offices, classrooms, and exhibit/presentation spaces. The University also maintains the Gallery, a 23-unit apartment building located at 207 S. Patrick Street which serves as a dormitory for students in the region. All facilities are located within a four block radius and form an urban campus of historic structures.

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1001 Prince Street
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601 Prince Street

The Washington, DC metropolitan area possesses many cultural and educational resources, including the various facilities of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Institute of Architects, the Library of Congress, and the National Building Museum. The Center frequently utilizes the many availabilities of the urban area by organizing and/or cosponsoring workshops, seminars and lecture programs to serve both students and practitioners in the design professions. The Washington Metropolitan area is served by a transportation network including Metro, Amtrak, Reagan National Airport, and Interstate 95, all within 15 minutes of the Center.

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The spiral stair to the upper part of the WAAC Library,
designed and built by students and faculty

For more information, please visit archdesign.vt.edu/programs/waac and/or the Center’s website at www.waac.vt.edu.