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Annual Report 2012-13

Director’s Summary

The School of Architecture + Design’s programs were again highly ranked in the annual survey of design education in the United States by DesignIntelligence. This year, all programs in the School of Architecture + Design were ranked in the Top 10 nationally. For 2013, Virginia Tech's undergraduate Landscape Architecture program is ranked #2 in the nation, and the graduate Landscape Architecture program is also ranked 2nd. The undergraduate program in Industrial Design is ranked #3 in the nation. The undergraduate program in Interior Design is ranked 6th nationally. The undergraduate Architecture program is ranked #7 in the nation, and the graduate Architecture program is ranked 18th. For the fourth time, more than any other individual, Prof. Robert Dunay, Director of the Center for Design Research and the T. A. Carter Professor of Architecture, has been included in DesignIntelligence’s list of the 30 “most admired” design educators in the US.

Our faculty and students continue to receive recognition for the high quality of their work. The Masonic Amphitheatre in Clifton Forge, VA, by Virginia Tech’s design-buildLAB, led by Profs. of Practice Keith and Marie Zawistowski, was selected as the 2012 “Building of the Year” by American-Architects.com.

Several A+D faculty members have received national awards: the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has named Donna Dunay, G.T. Ward Professor of Architecture, an ACSA Distinguished Professor; Marie and Keith Zawistowski received the 2012-13 ACSA Design-Build Award; and Terry Clements has received the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). Interior Design Prof. Lisa Tucker received the university's Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

An exhibit entitled inFORM, presenting work of the second-year industrial design studio, led by Profs. Mitzi Vernon, Akshay Sharma, and Martha Sullivan, was displayed in the lobby of Cowgill Hall, at the Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington, and in Notodden, Norway at Making, an international conference on materiality and knowledge.

Graduate Architecture student Diego Arias-Caballero received the 2012 Premier Pris de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Fontainebleau, entitling him to return to the Chateau Fontainebleau and join the faculty of the Fontainebleau Summer Academy during the summer of 2013 as a teaching assistant and to live in a studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in the heart of Paris for three months.

An interdisciplinary Virginia Tech team, with faculty members and students from the Landscape Architecture and Architecture programs at the Washington-Alexandria Center, including Nathan Heavers, Paul Kelsch, and Susan Piedmont-Palladino, has been named the winner of the Casey Tree Farm design competition.

A number of Interior Design students have won competitions: Rachel Brennan won the 2013 Sustainable Hospitality Design Competition sponsored by the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH), and Xie Xin, a graduate student in interior design, was selected as the winner of the 2013 interior design competition in the Bienenstock Furniture and Interior Design Competition.

Prof. Joseph Wheeler's third-year architecture studio received an Inform Award in the Object Design category for the “Spraycube,” a design-build project to provide a place for spray-painting adjacent to Cowgill Hall.

Feild Craddock received the 2013 Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Southern District Conference Merit award. In addition, Craddock and fellow Industrial Design senior studio members Kathryn Suttle, Joe Vidmar, and Daniel Colby were selected to participate in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge, sponsored by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From thirty shortlisted teams from a wide range of disciplines from around the world, the Virginia Tech team was named as one of six finalists in the competition.

William Galloway
Director, School of Architecture + Design