Following architecture faculty was recognized with emeritus status:
Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture Jaan Holt was recognized by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors with emeritus status for his distinguished service to the university. Holt served on the Virginia Tech faculty for 43 years, including as chair of the architecture program from 1976 to 1982 and as the director of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) from 1984 to 2016.
Following architecture faculty have been appointed to administrative positions:
Associate Professor Hunter Pittman, R.A., has been appointed as Interim Director of the School of Architecture + Design. Pittman is the former chair of the Graduate Architecture Program and former chair of the Advanced Professional Bachelor of Architecture Program of the School of Architecture + Design.
Professor Kathryn Clarke Albright, A.I.A., has been appointed as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Albright is the former chair of Foundation Studies of the School of Architecture + Design.
Associate Professor David Dugas has been appointed as chair of the Graduate Architecture Program.
Professor Susan Piedmont-Palladino, A.I.A., has been appointed as director of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center.
Adjunct Professor Charles von Weise, A.I.A., has been appointed as director of the Chicago Studio.
Following new faculty have been hired to the architecture program:
Assistant Professor Edward Becker, S.A.F.A., has been appointed to a tenure-track position. Becker holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Prior to his arrival at Virginia Tech, Becker taught at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.
Assistant Professor Joseph Bedford has been appointed to a tenure-track position. Bedford was trained in architecture at Cambridge University, The Cooper Union and Princeton University, and is the holder of the 2008-2009 Rome Prize at the British School in Rome.
Assistant Professor Dr. Sharóne Tomer, Ph.D., R.A., has been appointed to a tenure-track position. He holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, a M.Arch. from the University of Oregon, a M.Phil. from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. She has taught architecture in the United States and In South Africa.
Visiting Professor Dr. Barbara Kenda, Ph.D., teaches at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. She holds a PhD. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Adjunct Instructor Scott Archer, A.I.A., teaches at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. He is a registered architect in the District of Columbia. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture & Urban Design from Columbia University.
The following faculty was awarded with an external academic appointment:
Professor Dr. Markus Breitschmid, Ph.D., S.I.A., was appointed to the diploma commission of the Accadmia di Architettura of the Universita della Svizzera Italiana for 2016.
Faculty Publications & Lectures:
Professor Dr. Mehdi Setareh, Ph.D., P.E., has following accomplishments: he published a book on Structural Systems in October 2015; the second edition of his Concrete Structures, which was published by Springer, appeared in August 2016; he received $10,000 from the NSF as part of research experience for undergraduates (REU); and in July 2016, Setareh published a paper entitled “Vibration Serviceability Issues of Slender Footbridges” in the journal of bridge engineering.
Professor Dr. Markus Breitschmid, Ph.D., S.I.A., had an interview with the Portuguese title “Mais Além!” published in ‘Indexnewspaper,” appearing in the Lisbon-based daily newspaper Público, on July 1, 2016.
Visiting Professor Dr. Barbara Kenda, Ph.D., was invited to lecture at the GSD, Harvard University, International Symposium On Atmospheres: Spaces of Embodiment. Her presentation was titled: Breathing Landscape, Tempering Architecture.
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