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Elizabeth J. Reamy

By Terry Neumann, University Relations intern

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 27 - April 6, 1995

The idea of a career in architecture first occurred to Elizabeth Reamy when she studied history in junior high. Now her interest in the subject has led her to being recognized as the Outstanding Senior in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Reamy has made the most of her education while learning more about her field. She worked on the production of a CD-ROM that profiled Virginia Tech's European Study Center at Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, where she would spend the summer before her senior year studying many of the different architectural styles of Europe. Reamy said that life at the villa was relaxing yet, at the same time, educational.

Like many creative people, Reamy says she has found her work especially rewarding now the she has seen one of her projects implemented. Reamy designed the front desk for the Roanoke Science Museum which was renovated this past fall.

One of Reamy's most exciting educational experiences came when she served as a representative for the college's visiting speakers committee and met renowned Australian architect Glenn Murcutt. Since his plane arrived early and he had some free time before his speech, Murcutt wanted to see the most American place they could find. Reamy took him to a popular local restaurant.

Reamy said the experience was rewarding because she got to spend the afternoon talking with such a talented professional on a personal level.

While Reamy has been a top student, she has taken time to participate in numerous other college activities. She was a member of the Marching Virginians for two years, playing the piccolo.

Academically, she has been recognized as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. She was also inducted as a member of Phi Eta Sigma freshman society.

She is undecided about where she wants to work after graduation, but would like to work for a small architecture firm.