Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (see www.waac.vt.edu for more information) allows students to address the complexities of urban areas, using the National Capital Region (NCR) as a resource laboratory for design and research. 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, established in 1980 as an urban extension of the College, 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.
Graduate students may conduct their studies entirely at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center for the following degrees:
- M.Arch.1, Advanced Research & Design: one-year, post-professional option within the Master of Architecture program
- M.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studies: two-year, professionally-accredited option within the Master of Architecture program
- NCR-MLA, Master of Landscape Architecture: three-year, accredited professional program
- Ph.D. program in Architecture and Design Research
- Urban Design concentration within the Master of Science in Architecture program
In addition, graduate students in the three-and-one-half-year, professionally-accredited Comprehensive Professional Studies option (M.Arch.3) within the Master of Architecture program may normally elect to study at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center during their final, thesis year, after completing the first two years of the program at the main Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg.
Undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Architecture program may elect to study at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center during their fourth year, and, with approval of the Advanced Professional Program Chair and the Director of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, B.Arch. students may also study at the Center during their fifth year. Students in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program may study at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center during the fall semester of their fourth year.
The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center’s facilities are located within the historic district of Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia, providing studios, a library, shops, darkrooms, computer labs, and classrooms, as well as a 23 unit apartment building, all located within a four block radius, forming an urban campus of historic structures.
Thesis project by Daniel Snook, Exploring the Book Through Layers of Public Space, 2012
Thesis project by Gui Talarico, Urban Data Center: An Architectural Celebration of Data, 2011