deHahn Named Director of Tech’s School of Architecture + Design

Henri deHahn
Henri deHahn

Henri deHahn, provost for the NewSchool of Architecture + Design in San Deigo, Calif., will join Virginia Tech in June as the director of the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

deHahn will provide leadership to the undergraduate and graduate programs within the school, including the departments of architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and interior design as well as the six research and outreach centers housed within the school.

Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design offers undergraduate and graduate education through the Blacksburg, Va., campus, the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in Alexandria, Va., and programs engaged at the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva san Vitale, Switzerland.

“Henri brings a wealth of national and international experience from large and academically diverse institutions to the School of Architecture + Design,” said Jack Davis, Reynolds Metals Professor of Architecture and dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

[adrotate banner=”55″]Prior to his most recent role as provost at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design, deHahn was department head and professor for the Department of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and has held faculty positions with ETH Zurich — a renowned university in Zurich, Switzerland — and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., and served as a visiting professor at the Aayojan School of Architecture in Jaipur, India.

In addition to his academic experience, deHahn has worked as an architect and consultant on a variety of projects in the United States and Switzerland.

deHahn earned his Master of Architecture from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, and his Bachelor of Science from the Collège Saint-Michel in Fribourg, Switzerland. He has completed additional studies in New York. at The Cooper Union and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.

Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is composed of four schools: the School of Architecture + Design, including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture; the School of Public and International Affairs, including urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy and government and international affairs; the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, which includes building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and construction engineering management in the College of Engineering; and the School of the Visual Arts, including programs in studio art, visual communication and art history

New Degree Program Offered at WAAC

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The School of Architecture + Design at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) now offers a Master of Science in Architecture with an Urban Design Concentration.

The boundaries among the practices of Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Urban Design are increasingly fluid. Graduates of the School of Architecture + Design from both the Architecture and the Landscape Architecture programs increasingly find themselves practicing as de facto urban designers, bringing the considerable tools of their disciplines to bear on large-scale, city-changing, development projects. The Urban Design Concentration will provide a rigorous and formalized setting for students who are interested in synthesizing the design and planning disciplines to prepare them to address the significant issues facing cities and metropolitan regions today.

[adrotate banner=”54″]Based at the WAAC, the program will be positioned to leverage the unique assets of the WAAC, such as proximity to the nation’s capital, an international student body, the close relationships among existing graduate programs in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and Public Administration and Policy. The WAAC was founded to provide an urban laboratory for Virginia Tech students. In its 30 years in Alexandria, the WAAC and its faculty have cultivated close and productive relationships with institutions and organizations focused on urban issues.

Admission to the Urban Design program requires a design background. The program requires the completion of 36 credits, three semesters of full-time study. The curriculum includes a minimum of required courses, including design studio and thesis, intended to give the student competencies across design, planning and public policy. Students with non-professional degrees must provide a transcript showing a minimum of four semesters of design studio.

Students without previous design experience will be required to enroll in and successfully complete a sequence of qualifying design studios.
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