School of Architecture + Design academic advisor Vern Ferguson’s commitment to guiding students has always been appreciated, even under normal circumstances. But his efforts have become all the more important in the wake of COVID-19.
Virginia Tech students are leading the design on key areas of the Creativity and Innovation District residence halls. When the buildings open for residents in the fall of 2021, student designs will come to life in three areas: the student lounge, faculty apartment, and makerspace.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge was even more difficult his year because students completed their projects and competed remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to return home.
Ryan Pieper, associate professor at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, found the key to his contribution in the times of COVID-19 in designing a more efficient and widely accessible version of the handheld tools he saw being marketed as germ-free ways to open doors and use on touchscreens.=https://video.vt.edu/media/t/1_8n1z2tof
Ryan Pieper from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies has designed a more efficient and widely accessible version of the handheld tools to reduce physically touching such areas as door pulls and touchscreens. He has made his design plan available for distribution.
PlayLab Inc. cofounders Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin say an interdisciplinary education at Virginia Tech helped them bridge the worlds of art, architecture, business, design, fashion, film, music, publishing, products, and more.
In preparation for the university's sesquicentennial in 2022, the Council on Virginia Tech History seeks proposals for creative approaches to highlight how historically marginalized communities have shaped and will continue to shape Virginia Tech.
This network of nearly 125 students, faculty, and staff from across operations, academics and research, and community representatives continues to be highly engaged in moving the revision process forward – in a fully virtual environment.
When Virginia Tech moved courses to an online format as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the Graduate School quickly pivoted to preserve that tradition. They moved dissertation presentations to the online platform Zoom and made them available to the public, which for some students, made them more accessible to family and friends.
On the second story above Joe’s Diner in downtown Blacksburg, the XYZ Art Gallery serves as a bridge between Virginia Tech and the surrounding area. As an entirely student-run venue, XYZ has been showcasing art, music, architecture, and design by and for the community for more than 25 years.
Through community partnerships and grassroots engagement efforts, Connection 2 Care plans to facilitate peer-to-peer counseling and distribute backpack kits containing life-saving resources to those most at risk of opioid overdoses in the Roanoke area.