Washington-Alexandria Center

The Washington-Alexandria Center allows students to address the complexities of urban areas, using the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region as a resource laboratory for design and research. With its proximity to downtown Washington, D.C., the Center, established in 1980 as an urban extension of the College, provides numerous opportunities in which graduate students can pursue their selected programs of study.

As the nation’s capital, Washington, DC possesses many cultural and educational resources, including the various facilities of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Building Museum.

The Center offers graduate studies in Architecture and Landscape Architecture:

Students in the two-year Advanced Professional Studies option within the professionally-accredited Master of Architecture program may conduct their studies entirely at the Washington-Alexandria Center. Students in the three-and-one-half year Comprehensive Professional Studies option within the professionally-accredited Master of Architecture program may 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.

The NCR Master of Landscape Architecture Program is an accredited three-year professional degree that prepares students for the field and the practice of landscape architecture. The heart of the program is a studio-based curriculum integrating design, history, ecology, fabrication, and representation around the theme of public landscapes. In addition, dual degree programs with Urban and Regional Planning and Natural Resources are also available to students in the MLA program. For further information contact Laurel McSherry, program director, lm@vt.edu.

Students at the Washington-Alexandria Center may also pursue Ph.D. studies in Architecture and Design Research.

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.

WAAC Website

Design-build project for a new floor for the courtyard adjacent to the main Center building (2005)