The Washington-Alexandria Center (see www.waac.vt.edu for more information) allows students to address the complexities of urban areas, using the National Capital Region (NCR) as a resource laboratory for design and research. The Washington, DC metropolitan area possesses many cultural and educational resources, including the various facilities of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Institute of Architects, the Library of Congress, and the National Building Museum. The Center, established in 1980 as an urban extension of the College, provides numerous opportunities in which students can pursue their selected programs of study.
Graduate students may conduct their studies entirely at the Washington-Alexandria Center for the following degrees:
- M.Arch.1, Advanced Research & Design: one-year, post-professional option within the Master of Architecture program
- M.Arch.2, Advanced Professional Studies: two-year, professionally-accredited option within the Master of Architecture program
- NCR-MLA, Master of Landscape Architecture: three-year, accredited professional program
- Ph.D. program in Architecture and Design Research
- Urban Design concentration within the Master of Science in Architecture program
In addition, students in the three-and-one-half-year, professionally-accredited Comprehensive Professional Studies option (M.Arch.3) within the Master of Architecture program may normally elect to study at the Washington-Alexandria Center during their final, thesis year, after completing the first two years of the program at the main Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. Undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Architecture program may elect to study at the Washington-Alexandria Center during their fourth year, and, with approval of the Advanced Professional Program Chair and the Director of the Washington-Alexandria Center, B.Arch. students may also study at the Center during their fifth year.
The Washington-Alexandria Center’s academic buildings are located within the historic district of Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia, providing studios, a library, shops, darkrooms, computer labs, and classrooms. The Center also maintains a 23 unit apartment building. All facilities are located within a four block radius and form an urban campus of historic structures.
Design-build project for a new floor for the courtyard adjacent to the main Center building (2005)