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School of Architecture + Design establishes Virginia Tech architecture publications


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 3, 2007 – Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design, in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, with the initiative of Markus Breitschmid, assistant professor of architecture, has established Virginia Tech Architecture Publications.

Virginia Tech Architecture Publications will produce scholarly publications relating to architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. A major impetus for the foundation of Virginia Tech Architecture Publications was the approval of the school’s first Ph.D. in architecture program by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2006.

Virginia Tech Architecture Publications aims to present scholarly and creative work to a larger academic and public audience. The publication programs are open to authors from within Virginia Tech, as well as scholars, architects, and designers not affiliated with the university. Authors will edit monographic editions in an established publication series upon invitation. The publication program is currently supported with funding from donations of individual donors, as well as national and international grant agencies.

The publication program of Virginia Tech Architecture Publications seeks to complement other leading scholarly architecture publication programs, such as gta Verlag, the publishing arm of the Zurich-based Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Institute for History and Theory of Architecture, and Michigan Architecture Papers, published by the University of Michigan College of Architecture in Ann Arbor.

Virginia Tech Architecture Publications is inaugurating its publication program with two series: Texts on Architecture and Art, which will make important texts on architecture and art originally published in other languages available to an English-speaking readership, and Building, which will document significant buildings from the history of architecture. The first volume in Texts on Architecture and Art will be the landmark essay A Modern Milieu by Julius Meier-Graefe. It was published in March 2007. Forthcoming volumes are Realist Architecture by Alfred Lichtwark, New Ornament and New Art by Hermann Muthesius, and Suggestion on the Skillful Relation of Ornament to Untreated Form by Eduard van der Nüll.

The Building series--in which each volume is dedicated to one building and includes drawings, photographs, and, if possible, interviews with the architects--will include forthcoming volumes on St. Nepomuk Church in Munich, La Congiunta Museum in Giornico, Swiss National Park Visitor Center in Zernez, Art Museum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, House Meuli in Fäsch, Town Hall and Funeral Chapel in Iragna, House Ermanni in Rapperswil-Jona, and the Villa Garbald in Castasegna. Breitschmid is the editor for both series.

For more information, contact Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design at 201 Cowgill Hall, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0205 or (540) 231-5383; or the editor at (540) 231-5254 or breitschmid@vt.edu.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of three schools and the Department of Art and Art History, part of the multi-college School of the Arts. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The Myers-Lawson School of Construction, a joint school of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering, includes programs in building construction and construction management. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 25 degrees taught by 160 faculty members.