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This is where an impactful legacy meets our disciplines' future.

Our rich history in architecture, design, and the arts extends well beyond the Virginia Tech campus.

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We are visionaries, innovators, and collaborators who believe in social justice. 

The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design is a community of courageous architects, designers, artists, and creators of communities who care about — and work to improve — our shared natural and built environments. AAD is composed of four schools sharing a vision to understand and shape the spaces and places where we live, work and play.

Core Values

We maintain a culture of mutual respect for all. We construct and maintain environments of safety, support, and encouragement. We support collegiality, in which the wide spectrum of disciplinary pursuits represented by the college's faculty, students, and staff are equally valued. 

We value intellectual curiosity leading to creative expression within boundaries of mutual respect. We assert our responsibility to share the results of our work with academic peers and local, national, and global communities.

We affirm inclusivity as a community value and reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We strive tirelessly for an equitable college climate.

We are transparent in sharing information and our decision-making, and engage in open dialogue among college leadership, faculty, staff, students, and the rest of the college's academic community.

We value participatory decision-making and consequent implementation that engages college leadership, faculty, staff, and students.

We advocate and provide the conditions for student success both inside and outside the classroom, through teaching, advising, and mentoring.

In the spirt of Ut Prosim: That I May Serve, our work demonstrates the importance of serving our schools, college, and university, our professions, and communities at the local, national, and global levels.

Get to know our unique schools, each with distinct and distinguished programs, communities, and cultures.

Our School of Architecture, School of Visual Arts, School of Performing Arts, and School of Design provide undergraduates and graduates access to creative learning and active inquiry opportunities, like hands-on clay formation, skyscraper design, or preparation for life on the stage.

Unlock Your Potential with Our Educational Offerings

Forge your own path toward a rewarding and impactful career with the many program options available in our top-ranked schools. Choose from 11 undergraduate majors and 11 minors, sample different fields with our undecided undergraduate major, or explore our six Master's degrees, Doctoral degree, and graduate certificate program. No matter which program you choose, you'll graduate with the skills, ability, and confidence to tackle pressing and complex problems of all scales.

Round out your college experience with extracurricular opportunities alongside our vibrant and welcoming campus community.

Beyond the classroom, our college prioritizes hands-on experience through research, study abroad experiences, internships, and student organizations that expand skills and broaden horizons. Find support for your endeavors by plugging into Hokie communities and campuses that are committed to equity and inclusion.