Architecture is a good option for people who are attracted to a profession that is both technical and creative. (Much like fashion design.) It’s also highly collaborative and social, which can either be a plus or a minus.
You don’t mention what year she is in, but if possible she might consider attending a career in architecture program over the summer to get a better idea of what the profession entails. And also to help with portfolio building.
Generally speaking application portfolios need not include architectural drawings. The objective is to demonstrate creativity and design sense, a comfort level with various media especially hand drawing and presentation and organizational skills. Most schools of architecture provide information on what they’re looking for on their websites.
The cost of attendance will be, I believe, much the same for a BArch as for engineering. If financial aid is involved you need to make sure it’s available for all 5 years. Merit aid is available at many schools, though it’s difficult to predict the amount.
I would suggest that your daughter research both BArch and BS/BA+MArch programs. The latter take longer and therefore may cost more, but allow for wider experimentation across disciplines. It’s quite common for BS/BA grads to work in architecture for a year or two before heading back to the same or a different school for an MArch.
Because BArch programs have high drop-out rates, it’s important to have a back-up plan in the event that architecture doesn’t work out. Schools of architecture tend to be generous with their time, offering multiple on-line Q&A sessions, open houses and connections to current students.
I may have misunderstood your question and focused too much on the tech aspect in listing schools similar to VA Tech. For a stronger emphasis on the design/creative aspect I would suggest the following. This is just a starting place. She’ll be able to expand and eliminate as her direction narrows.
BArch Cornell, Syracuse, CMU, Tulane, Penn State, Kansas State, USC, U of Miami
BS/BA Virginia, WUSTL, Michigan, Northeastern, Cincinnati, Colorado/Boulder