The mission of the School of Architecture + Design is to create a setting for the pursuit of theoretical, practical, and productive knowledge, embracing the duality of the education of an individual and the practice of a profession. The School takes a decidedly Modern position towards design and simultaneously seeks to understand the structure of historical development and culture. The School has a long-standing commitment to international and urban studies through the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, the Study Abroad Program, and the University’s Center for European Studies and Architecture.
The objective of the School of Architecture + Design is to produce graduates who will be leaders in their chosen professions and in the communities in which they live. The School seeks to provide a forum that cultivates vigorous dialogue and debate, enriching the interrelations between education and practice
The School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech is comprised of four disciplines – architecture, interior design, industrial design and landscape architecture. Lead by Scott Poole, the director since January 2004, the school seeks collaboration among disciplines, integration and application of knowledge from multiple disciplines, and projects that extend our reach beyond the borders of the university.
The projects selected for this publication draw from both its undergraduate and graduate programs. Katie Jones, Rachel Islin, and Iris Lui worked collaboratively on a project within the context of CHICAGO STUDIO, an alternative to the traditional design studio that integrates education and practice for upper level architecture students. Students are situated in offices in Chicago for six weeks of the semester where professionals review and help advance their work.
Jeremy Keagy, Andrew Montgomery, and Matt Sander were three of ten finalists for the PELLA PRIZE that is School’s top recognition for excellence in design for undergraduate thesis. The three proposals reflect the individually defined focus of research, study and formulation made in conjunction with two faculty advisors. Over the course of two semesters students exhibit their work publically in Cowgill lobby three times. The undergraduate faculty selects the top proposals as finalists who must give public presentation to students and faculty.
Meredith Barker received the top award in the graduate program for excellence in thesis. Each graduate student has a committee of advisors he or she works with throughout the year. The graduate faculty makes the selection for this award.
Kathryn Clarke Albright
Students | Projects
Meredith Barker | Four Black Boxes and a Beacon: a Theater for Roanoke, Virginia
Rachel Islin, Katie Jones, and Iris Lui | Olympic Village 2016+
Jeremy Keagy | Immanence
Andrew Montgomery | Sculptural object: A House
Matthew Sander | A House for a Farmer and His Dog Plus Requisite Outbuildings
Kathryn Clarke Albright is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech and serves as chair of its Foundation Program. She received a Master of Design Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. She has received numerous awards, including the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005. She founded her own practice in 2001 as well as Friends of the Farmers Market in Blacksburg, Virginia. She also serves on several town advisory committees.