SAVE THE DATE – Richmond Alumni Reception at Glave & Holmes 10.23.14

Please save the date for our U.Va. School of Architecture Alumni + Friends Reception on Thursday, October 23 from 6-8PM at Glave & Holmes Architecture.  We welcome all alumni, parents and friends to join us as we welcome Beth Meyer as Dean of the School of Architecture.

Many thanks to Randy Holmes (BSArch ’79, MArch ’82), Jill Nolt (BSArch ’98, MArch + MLA ’04), Lori Garrett (MArch ’86) and everyone at GHA for hosting us and sponsoring the evening!

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6-8PM
Glave & Holmes Architecture (2101 East Main Street – parking is available in the GHA lot on the SE corner of Franklin and 21st)

“Visit the A” – Fall 2014 Open Building and Tours announced

The School of Architecture will be hosting three Open Building and Tours this Fall 2014

10:00-12:00 noon OR 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (depending on home football times)
Saturday –  Sept. 13, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25 (homecoming)

SARC Student Ambassadors will be available to greet Campbell Hall visitors and to give tours of the facilities. Visitors may also choose to use our self-guided tour brochure. This is a wonderful opportunity for out-of-town families, prospective students and alumni to visit the School of Architecture in the Arts Grounds.

For more information and tour form go to our A-School Admissions webpage

SAVE THE DATE – AYAC in Philly Summer Send off Happy Hour – 9.11.14

Join the AYAC in Philly for a Summer Send Off Happy Hour on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8PM at Independence Beer Garden (100 South Independence Mall W)!  The summer is almost over, but that just means it is much nicer to sit outside and have a beer.  Come, see some old friends, meet some new friends and see what the A-school community in Philly has been up to lately.


SAVE THE DATE – Charlottesville alumni + local community welcome event

Please save the date for our U.Va. School of Architecture Alumni + Friends Reception on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  We welcome all of our A-School partners – non-profit and community leaders, local professionals, government officials, friends, faculty and of course, alumni to join us as we welcome Beth Meyer as Dean of the School of Architecture. We hope that you are all enjoying your summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!

Many thanks to Andrea Douglas (MA ’96, PhD ’01) and the JSAAHC for hosting us!

Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 6-8PM
The Auditorium at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

SAVE THE DATE – DC Alumni + Friends Fall 2014 reception


Please save the date for our annual FALL DC-Area U.Va. School of Architecture Alumni + Friends Reception on Wednesday, September 17th from 6-8PM at Oehme, van Sweden Landscape Architecture.  Join us as we welcome Beth Meyer as Dean of the School of Architecture. We look forward to seeing you in DC in September!

Many thanks to Eric Groft (MLA ’84) for hosting us at OvS!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6-8PM
Oehme, van Sweden at 800 G Street SE (near Eastern Market)


Calling all Alumni! Complete the Design Intelligence Survey and help us rise in the rankings

It’s that time of year again!  We know you support The U.Va. School of Architecture as a leader in Architecture and Landscape Architecture education…One way to let the world know what we know already, s to fill out the survey about graduate architecture programs organized and published by Design Intelligence, a bi-monthly journal of the Design Futures Council. This voluntary and confidential survey will focus attention on our recent accomplishments, and our comprehensive, multidisciplinary and rigorous programs, as well as on the faculty, students, staff and ALUMNI who have built our distinguished national and international reputation.  The survey will only take about five minutes to complete and can be found at the links below.  We  hope you will take a few moments to fill out the survey for both the Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments, keeping in mind the role they play in shaping national opinion about our programs.  The surveys may ask for specific data about the School,  including the following:

Architecture Department:

  • Tenure/tenure track faculty 19.5
  • Lecturers 3.5
  • Adjuncts 2.5
  • Teaching loads–two courses each semester, with one course release per year based on research/course type

Landscape Architecture Department:

  • Tenure/tenure track faculty 6
  • Lecturers 0
  • Adjuncts 1.5
  • Teaching loads—two courses each semester, with one course release per year based on research/course type

 The Firms’ Survey is due August 22- This is the only survey that creates the official rankings. Hiring professionals and firms in the design world are asked to fill out this quick 25 question survey, asking their opinions as to which schools best prepare students for the profession and what they look for in new grads. Design Intelligence validates every survey using strict criteria to be sure they collect the true opinions of those respondents who meet the qualifications, thus giving the best, unbiased rankings and responses possible. All results are anonymous.

The links to the surveys are here:


Landscape Architecture:

Thank you for your support and participation!

Save the Date – Dean’s Forum Weekend 2014


26th Annual Dean’s Forum Dinner
welcoming Dean Beth Meyer
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Old Keswick

Formal invitation to be sent via mail in August. Check back for more details about weekend activities at the School.

To learn more about becoming a Dean’s Forum member or to renew your membership, please contact Kim Wong Haggart at or 434.982.2761, OR make your Dean’s Forum contribution online HERE.

Tell the hotel you are calling for the “UVA School of Architecture” block of rooms

Hilton Garden Inn
1793 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911 (closest to Old Keswick, about 20 min. See map.)
Phone: 434-979-4442
Rate: $183.20
Deadline for reservations: September 9

Courtyard by Marriott, University Medical Center
1201 W. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-977-1700 (p)
Rate: $165.17 (Thu), $231.57 (Fri/Sat)
Deadline: September 9

Inn at Darden (Sponsors Hall)
100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-243-5000
Rate: $135
Deadline: September 10

Holiday Inn – University Area
1901 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: 434-220-2136
Rate: $149
Deadline for reservations: September 9

Link for other hotels in the area:


Old Keswick was part of the largest original land holding in Albemarle County, the 1727 Meriwether land grant of nearly 18,000 acres.  It is one of the earliest examples in Albemarle of an H-plan house, in which a new house is constructed parallel to the original but facing in the opposite direction and connected by a hyphen. The original structure was built as a hunting lodge for Dr. Thomas Walker of Castle Hill and was developed into a two-story log house in 1818 for Dr. Mann Page, who married Walker’s daughter that year.  Its frame H-addition was added in 1832, comprising two 16-by-23-foot parlors with 12-foot ceilings. Old Keswick is the bucolic home of Keswick Stables, which has bred many top stakes winners including the dam of the famed Northern Dancer.

by K. Edward Lay; Professor Emeritus U.Va. School of Architecture

Recap: Reunions Weekend 2014

Another great Reunion Weekend in Charlottesville this past weekend (June 6-8th)!  Many thanks to the A-School classes who returned to Grounds this year – 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009!! We had just over 100 A-School alumni return this year.

We enjoyed two beautiful, hot and sunny days back at U.Va. – with plenty of food, drinks and good friends. Many thanks to A-School faculty members, Peter Waldman, Robin Dripps, Lucia Phinney, Beth Meyer, Suzanne Moomaw, George Sampson and Schaeffer Somers for joining us!

We hope you all had time to walk around Campbell Hall and see the great work our students are still doing today. Thank you to everyone who made a gift to the A-School in honor of your reunion year!!  We hope to see you all again in 5 years, and hopefully sooner.

Enjoy some photos from our Friday reception and Saturday BBQ Lunch.

Save the Date: Bay Area Alumni event on 6.10.14

Please join the U.Va. School of Architecture Foundation and the A-school Bay Area regional committee for a special alumni event and preview of Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis followed by a Q&A with executive producer, Ron Blatman (producer of Saving the Bay).  The event will be on Tuesday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30PM at the MINI Showroom of San Francisco (799 Van Ness Ave).

Many thanks to MINI for hosting us and Mary McCarthy, BSArch ’75, for organizing the evening.  We look forward to seeing you there for food, drinks, a short program and catching up with fellow A-school alumni.  RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by May 30th at