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.
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.
In mid-March, an interdisciplinary group of more than 75 faculty, students, and staff split into teams to carry out 10 projects in rapid science and production, working together to provide Southwest Virginia medical professionals with personal protective equipment and ventilation supplies, as well as the insights to inform their use.
Betsky, an internationally acclaimed author and critic on art, architecture, and design, will join Virginia Tech on June 1, 2020, and comes to the university from the School of Architecture at Taliesin (formerly known as the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture).