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rainwater, filters gray water with native plants and utilizes recycled and renewable materials. The integrated educational component for K-12 school children offers opportunities to experience the river firsthand and engage in handson exploration and learning. The project is a collaboration with the Elizabeth River Project in southeastern Virginia. “The Learning Barge initiative represents the effectiveness of architectural strategies to operate at multiple scales, reach out to diverse communities, demonstrate the didactic value of design for public environmental education and make positive change in the world,” Crisman said. The U.Va. team of architecture and engineering students includes Erin Binney, Andrew Daley, Elizabeth Davis, Kevin Day, Adam Donovan, Erin Dorr, Ayman El-barasi, Katharine Lafsky, Kelly McConnaha, Molly O’Donnell, Farhad Omar, James Pint and Danielle Willkens working under the guidance of Crisman and P. Paxton Marshall, associate dean of the Engineering School and professor of electrical and computer engineering.


“For an educator this project has a double payoff. Its a valuable design experience for the U.Va. students, and it will teach thousands of K12 students about green technologies, such as solar and wind energy, as well as the Elizabeth River ecosystem,” Marshall said. The Learning Barge recently won a $7,500 2007 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and received a $125,000 grant from the Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation. It also has received a $30,500 grant from the Virginia Environmental Foundation, a $10,000 EPA P3 Phase 1 grant, $10,000 from the School of Architecture’s Public Service Fellowship Program and $2,500 from the School of Architecture Foundation. In addition, the project also garnered a 2007 Virginia Go Green Honor Award by the James River Green Building Council. The project represents the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture’s commitment to design strategies that bring disciplines

together to address critical needs, said department chair Bill Sherman. The School of Architecture also ranked first among the nation’s graduate architecture programs for sustainable design practices and principles in the eighth annual “America’s Best Architecture Design Schools” study conducted by the Design Futures Council. virginia tech Virginia Tech Provost Mark C. McNamee announced the appointment of Jack Davis, FAIA, as Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Davis, the Reynolds Metals Endowed Professor of Architecture, acted for the last year as interim dean and was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and for the college. Paul Emmons, associate professor of architecture, has recently had two journal articles: “Embodying networks: Bubble diagrams and the image of modern organicism” in the Journal of Architecture (Routledge), Volume 11, No. 4 (September 2006) 441-462, and “Size matters: Virtual scale and bodily imagination in architectural drawing” in the Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press) Vol 9, Nos. 3,4 (2005) 227-237, published. Emmons has also had two book chapters published: “The Lead Pencil, Lever of the Architect’s Imagination” in Tools of the Imagination (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006) edited by Susan Piedmont-Palladino (Assoc. Prof. also at WAAC), 31-41, and (with Marco Frascari) “Making Visible the Invisible; Signs of Air in Renaissance Architecture Treatises” in Aeolian Winds and Spirit in Renaissance Architecture (Taylor and Francis, 2007) edited by Barbara Kenda. Assistant Professors of Architecture Margarita McGrath and Michael Ermann and an interdisciplinary team of students, faculty, and an international group of professionals joined project leader School of Architecture + Design Associate Professor Mitzi Vernon on March 26 and 27 to host the Design + Science + Technology Symposium. The symposium supported the development of a children’s traveling exhibition, “Phoebe’s Field,” which will enable children to identify, redefine, and make science part of their lives, ultimately facilitating a larger, more diverse scientific community.

The School of Architecture + Design, with the initiative of Assistant Professor of Architecture Markus Breitschmid, has established Virginia Tech Architecture Publications to produce scholarly publications in the academic and professional areas of the school. The School of Architecture + Design has published its first annual newsletter. To view the newsletter, go to Nathan Williams, third-year architecture student from Manassas, Va., has been selected as one of two grand prize winners from more than 200 entries in the national Jeld-Wen Design Door Contest. Ben Tew, first-year architecture master’s student from Baltimore, Md., has been selected as the grand prize winner of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Student Design Competition. The School of Architecture + Design is now offering a Ph.D. program in Architecture and Design Research. This new degree is a spin off of a college-wide doctoral program in Environmental Design and Planning.

Asociacion de Instituciones de Ensenanza de la Arquitectura de la Republica Mexicana, AC Dr. Manuel Aguirre-Osete, was elected for a second period (2007-2009) as the president of the ASINEA Consultant Council last month at the Spring National Meeting in San Luis Potosi. Dr. Aguirre has been attending the ACSA Administrator’s Conferences’ and Annual Meetings since 1992 representing the Mexican Association of Architecture Schools. This Council of five helps the Board of Directors in many tasks related with the architectural education in Mexico. Dr. Aguirre-Osete also received in San Luis Potosi the 2006 ASINEA National Academic Merit Award Medallion. He is also a Member of the Mexican Academy of Architecture – Mexico City Chapter. He is currently the academic head of the Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte School of Architecture.

ACSA News September 2007  
ACSA News September 2007  

ACSA News, published monthly during the academic year (September through May), serves the essential function of exchanging timely informatio...