Archinect - News 2017-10-17T22:12:10-04:00 Richard Blythe appointed as dean of Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies Justine Testado 2017-05-17T15:07:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T15:07:15-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Richard Blythe will join the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies</a> (CAUS) as its new dean starting October 10. Blythe will replace A.J. (Jack) Davis, who served as the College's dean for 11 years. Davis will <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">step down</a> on June 30 at the end of his second term.</p><p>Prior to Virginia Tech, Richard Blythe was a professor and the dean of RMIT University School of Architecture and Design in Melbourne since 2012. Under his leadership, the RMIT School of Architecture Design acquired $6.8 million to support multi-university research alliances, particularly a grant from the Australian government to lead a&nbsp;15-university Design and Architecture Practice project.&nbsp;</p><p>Blythe also lectured at&nbsp;the University of Tasmania for 14 years, while he was deputy head of the School of Architecture as well as the vice chancellor&rsquo;s representative on the Tasmanian government&rsquo;s Building and Construction Industries Council. He continues to work as a founding director to the architecture practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TERROIR</a> ...</p> Virginia Tech Center for Design Research exhibition showcases experimental digital fabrications Cat Brutvan 2015-03-16T17:48:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:30:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>We are in the midst of another industrial revolution &ndash; softer, less obtrusive, faster, and more pervasive. All aspects of daily life are changing through the integration of things made of atoms and things made from bits. Surrounded by an increasing number of sophisticated devices, digital heartbeats, and sensors are now standard components in products. How should architecture education respond?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Advances in digital technology are creating an explosion of possibilities related to the basic building blocks of design: material and form, light, movement, and pattern. Virginia Tech student work featuring 3-D printing, robotics, and dynamic fenestration is currently on display in Clark Nexsen&rsquo;s office and gallery space in Town Center, Virginia Beach.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Exhibition materials were developed with digital tools in an undergraduate studio called CRD &ndash; (trans)LAB at Virginia Tech&rsquo;s School of Architecture and Design. Students from different disciplines explore how the advancement of technological and computational processes can challenge and inform the practice of architecture and design. The exhibition examines how architecture education should change in response to an environment where analog, mechanical, and electronic technologies are being replaced by rapidly emerging digital technologies.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Students participating in the exhibition include Laura Escobar, Ryan Hawkins, Brian Kato, David Ko...</p> Design Dialogue: Brian Mackay-Lyons Keith Zawistowski 2014-09-29T00:41:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:57:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>On August 22nd, 2014 Brian Mackay-Lyons hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong><em>Brian MacKay-Lyons</em></strong><em>&nbsp;is the founding partner of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects</a>, a professor at Dalhousie University, and the founder of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ghost Lab</a>&nbsp;&ndash; the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011.&nbsp;</em><em>While relentlessly local, Brian&rsquo;s work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications, and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an&nbsp;</em><em>Institute Honor Award for Architecture.&nbsp;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Keith:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So what do you think the education and the architect ought to look like?</p><p><strong>Brian:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, what I don&rsquo;t think it needs to look like is an all design/build curriculum. I guess I have also learned that it has its limitations, like everything. One reason that Ghost has taken this hiatus is because I realized that I was being insincere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>I believe an architect&rsquo;s role is not to be the builder. The architect&rsquo;s role &mdash; like a conduc...</p> Reality Check at Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa Keith Zawistowski 2013-09-01T19:37:00-04:00 >2013-09-01T20:51:22-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In 2012, &#8203;filmmaker Leon Gerskovic chronicled the journey of 16 design/buildLAB students as they conceived and realized the Masonic Amphitheatre. The project consisted of the complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space. Reality Check is their inspirational story.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Reality Check" by Leon Gerskovic and including time-lapse photography from Jeff Goldberg has been selected for inclusion in the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa and will make its European Premiere on Friday September 27th at 6PM in the Cinema City Alvalade. The screening will be followed by a talk about "designing for the 99%" with Tiago Mota Saraiva of Ateliermob and a moderated discussion including Marie and Keith Zawistowski of design/buildLAB.</p> <p> More about the film, including a trailer, clips, stills, and reviews by: Scott Poole, Dean at UTK; Jeff Day, Partner at Min Day and Director at UNL; and John Cary, Founder at Public Interest Design can be found at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p> More information about the festival can be found at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p>