50th Anniversary of the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies


WHEREAS, in 1964, Virginia Tech recognized the need for a college offering professional training in architecture and recruited Charles Burchard, a respected educator at both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to build the curriculum; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Burchard, as founding dean, established the College of Architecture and Urban Studies based on a commitment to the synthesis of architecture, building construction, planning, art, and other environmentally related fields; and

WHEREAS, the college established an urban extension in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, in 1980 that evolved into the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, a consortium of schools that exposes students to outstanding architecture, urban design, and planning; and

WHEREAS, members of faculty have been recognized with state, national, and international teaching awards, and administrators have earned international recognitions; and

WHEREAS, the college, working through its schools and centers, has engaged in research that has improved the quality of life throughout the world and attracted national and international accolades and awards; and

WHEREAS, the college recognizes 50 years of engaging students, alumni, and professors in architecture and urban studies, and celebrates the numerous national and international service projects performed worldwide;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September, 5, 2014, as the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGINIA TECH COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN STUDIES in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.