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For alumni, faculty, and current students of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) branch of Virginia Tech. Look here for news and events happening at the WAAC.


Solar Decathlon: About the Design Challenge

Do you know what day it is? It's Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Day! teams from main campus and the WAAC are competing today! Cheer loudly and zoomly!



Hey, where is everybody? Usually we're all here at 1:30 on Mondays, but these are not usual times. If you have a suggestion for how the WAAC can keep our sense of culture and community, please let me know!


University extends spring break, moves classes online, and more in response to COVID-19

By now you have all seen the message from President Sands about VT's Covid-19 strategy. The WAAC faculty and staff are meeting to figure out how we adapt and continue the semester. You'll probably be flooded with emails, and that can be overwhelming, but please do read them and pay attention. In fact, look for one later today...


vtnews.vt.edu In consultation with our partners in the Virginia Department of Health, we are adopting a range of principle-based actions, effective immediately. We are confident that these actions will lower the risk to our communities.

Alumni, see you later...

Ready for spring semester to start on Tuesday at 1:30? Then finish the day with a lecture from Kyushu University professor Yoshiki Hori!


Urban Forestry Fellowship

interesting opportunity...


Yes, final reviews are exhausting, but save some energy for the Open House tomorrow!

End of semester Open House, exhibition, and band jam! Lucky Friday the 13th!

okay, who let the elf in?

You never know where your thesis might lead...

Juxtaposing the possibilities and impossibilities of the future, WAAC Virginia Tech alum Volodymyr Babii displayed parts of his "thesis machine" in the Terra X exhibit at the Muzeum Architektury in Poland. The exhibit intends to visualize rewriting the past and building the structures of tomorrow.


National Building Museum

Our final Monday Forum talk will be about the 11th Street Bridge Park, so get informed! Free for students!

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London is still calling--one month in an amazing city, with visits to architecture offices, buildings, theater, and more. Sign up: https://sa.globaleducation.vt.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=10228

Happy WAAC Day! 10.01!


Panel Discussion: Reimagining Housing for the 21st+ Century · school of architecture + design · Virginia Tech

But wait, there's more! get your popcorn ready for a discussion of housing and how to re-imagine it

archdesign.caus.vt.edu Join us as we conduct a real-time survey of our current housing challenges over a range of scales and broad social dynamics. Panelists John Welsh (Vice President, Multifamily Group at AHC Inc.), Dr. Elizabeth Gearin (George Washington University), and Rob Seldin (CEO/Founder, Highland Square Hold

Some scenes from the Gehl workshop...that was fun!


Former VT roommates go to the dogs

more about dogs, beer, and wine...and a WAAC student!

pamplin.vt.edu Justin LeGore has always been an entrepreneur at heart. By the time he was a high school student, LeGore was running his own lawn care business in his hometown of Frederick, Maryland. His decision to major in business management fell perfectly in line with his lifelong ambitions – albeit after a f...

[07/02/19]   Randa and Luke are finalists in the AIAS Elevator Pitch competition! Vote early, often, and share with everyone you know!:


National Building Museum

Are you in town for the summer? Looking for a cool evening to see some great work by a local architect...for free? David Jameson is lecturing at the National Building Museum Thursday night, June 27. Did I say it's free? 6:30. Be there!

go.nbm.org Hear David Jameson, FAIA, discuss the bold designs and unusual materials of Washington, D.C.-based firm David Jameson Architect, whose local, national, and international projects include Hull House, Manifold House, and Vapor House.


Virginia Tech students build award-winning 'smart house'

Check out the FutureHaus this summer, built by students just like you!

wjla.com "We can power this house all day long through solar," says Virginia Tech student Matthew Erwin. "And all night long through battery. "A house where drones have garages for dropping off packages, baths draw themselves, and sinks and toilets rise or lower to the occasion. “Always want the house....

FutureHaus is coming...but first come the plants.


2019 Student Survey of Architecture Programs

one more survey for you...DesignIntelligence wants to know what you think. Fill out the survey here, and share it with your classmates: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/archstudents_2019

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almost finished with thesis...what a great set of projects!

WAAC Spring Celebration!

- The WAAC is really proud of the hard work you’ve all made throughout this semester. We will be missing all of our students who will be leaving us, but the WAAC will always be your home.
Thank you again for such a great year and we wish all of you a bright future ahead.

#waac_world #vt_waac #architecture


Urban Design Open House Series: Wiencek + Associates | AIA|DC

Semester's over--go visit some firms!

aiadc.com Date Thursday, May 16 2019 Time 6:30pm-8:00pm Location Wiencek + Associates UD DC Open House Series 2019 Join the AIA|DC Urban Design Committee for our third annual series of open houses at leading architectural and urban design offices in DC. They will be showcasing projects currently in planning,....

one more reason to come to the end of year celebration Friday--get your books signed by your own faculty!

Hey WAAC--Luke, Randa, Juan, Larissa, Alice and Ryan Pieper are all in the Zebra today, page 27. Check it out online at http://digital.thezebra.org/?issueID=37&pageID=1

National Student Exchange : NSE

The WAAC is officially open for NSE students!

Where Do You Want To Study Next Year? For more information, go to http://www.nse.org.

don't forget to get your laundry WAACed

Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA

Check out this new bench in Chinquapin Park that was designed, fabricated, and placed by architecture students at WAAC Virginia Tech. We loved working with them throughout this creative process!

For our Monday talk this week, we will be having, Manuel Perez-Romero, presenting : “Close to Equilibrium”.
#waac_world #waac_vt #architecture


Graduate students receive awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service

Congratulations to Ezgi and Alex D & Alex S--top doctoral and masters students, respectively! Read all about it here: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2019/03/2019-gradschool-award-winners.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_040919-f%2Fs

vtnews.vt.edu The Virginia Tech Graduate School honored master's and doctoral degree students from across the university at the school’s annual awards dinner during Graduate Education Week.

Fridays Career Fair event was a great chance for students to network and talk with the different firms they were interested in! I hope everyone found what they were looking for and thank you AIAS for organizing this event and for all the firms that participated!
#waac_world #vt_waac #careerfair

Snapshot from Fridays Glenstone museum tour which was very inspiring for both of our Architecture and Landscape students !

Our Monday Speaker today will be one of our A+D alum Rick Schneider, founding principal of ISTudio, talking about the firm’s recent project, Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Southeast Washington DC.


Spotlight on Design: PWP Landscape Architecture

Perfect lecture to follow the visit to Glenstone on Friday! And, did you notice that it's FREE?

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