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Consortium enriches opportunities

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 4 - September 15, 1994

Thanks to a design consortium established by the College of Human Resources, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences, design students from across the university will find that they have additional opportunities to enrich their education.

The consortium was created by the colleges after groundwork laid by the Ad Hoc Committee for Support of Design Programs that began meeting earlier this year. The role of the consortium is to promote collaboration among the design programs in apparel design, architecture, art and art history, interior design, landscape architecture, and theatre arts, and enhance educational, design-related opportunities for students and faculty members.

The Virginia Tech Design Consortium is led by Jeanette Bowker, head of the housing, interior design and resource management department; and Derek Myers, head of art and art history. They are working with Randy Ward, theatre arts; Anna Marshall-Baker, interior design; Patrick Miller, head of landscape architecture; Ron Daniel, architecture; Joann Boles, apparel design; and Elizabeth Gilboy, assistant director of the Community Design Assistance Center.

Collaboration among Virginia Tech's design programs through the consortium will allow for better use of existing resources for extra-curricular activities. Dissemination of information about design-related events on campus will be improved, and there will be combined efforts to provide activities such as speakers, seminars, exhibits, field trips, films, demonstration workshops, and study-abroad programs. This year the consortium is sponsoring an exhibit of student work during the fall semester and a charrette (a short, intense design competition) for teams of students from the different design programs is being planned for the spring semester.