NewSchool of Architecture + Design

NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, CA


NSAD Senior Thesis: Steel Heritage-Inspired Designs for Revitalizing Roanoke, Virginia

By NewSchoolSanDiego
Jun 19, '13 5:04 PM EST

Thesis Title: track(ed)
Student: Chris Tisdell, NewSchool of Architecture and Design Master of Architecture program. Class of 2013.

Thesis Advisor: Jorge Ozorno
Rendering Credit: Chris Tisdell/NSAD

Thesis Summary:

The project applies urban strategies focusing on issues of re-using, re-adapting, revitalizing, re-envisioning and re-igniting the steel fabric of Roanoke, Virginia and its surrounding industrial context,  developing new opportunities for the community and strengthening the connection between Roanoke’s residents and surrounding cities. Track(ed) serves as the premier multi-purpose university campus setting leading the country in social innovations. Taking advantage of Roanoke’s heritage, the railroad becomes the unique setting for track(ed). The prosperous future of Roanoke is dependent on providing the city with strategies igniting future expansion along the existing steel fabric. The campus provides Roanoke as well as neighboring cities and college campuses the ability to share invaluable tools, resources and training to sustain future growth.

See more: Work produced by graduating students from NewSchool of Architecture and Design, located in San Diego, will be displayed at the NSAD Student Thesis Exposition on June 21, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The school is located at 1249 F Street, San Diego, Calif. 92101. The event is free and open to the public. Contact PR Manager Anna Cearley for more information:

 About NewSchool of Architecture and Design

NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), founded in 1980, is located in San Diego, California. For the past two years, DesignIntelligence has ranked NSAD among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States in its publication “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.” NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NSAD also offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, along with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, a Master of Construction Management and a Master of Science in Architecture. The school’s expanding global design education offerings include a new Bachelor of Interior Design program available in 2013–2014. For more information, visit