<p>i'm a 24 year old fool with ambitions of returning to college. i have an associates in accounting from community school ... but accounting is boring and makes me want to kill myself.</p>
<p>i have always had a serious affection for environmental issues, particularly design related issues. When i graduated highschool in '98 there were still virtually no schools in the USA that spoke of things like "sustainable design" or "environmental design" or "green building". </p>
<p>round about 2000 William McDonough became, albeit briefly, the dean of the UVA school of architecture and started what is now apparently a defunct "Institute of Sustainable Design".</p>
<p>Cutting to the chase, i'm trying to decide between undergrad architecture at UVA vs at Tech. I'm aware that UVA is 4 years with a required 2 year masters to achieve a license. While tech is a 5 year full professional program. </p>
<p>I spoke with the president of the college of architecture at UVA late last year for about 30 minutes over the phone. I grilled him on issues of sustainability and how they have been integrated into the curriculum since McDonough resigned. He praised the university and said that while the ISD was defunct that it was his opinion that under McDonough many of the ideas were merely rhetoric and that currently the school was actively intergrating these topics into their classes. He explained that while there weren't any classes specific to "sustainable design" (atleast at an undergraduate level) that it was being very much talked about in the classes. Particularly the environmental systems classes and what not. He was very enthusiastic about the school in this regards and thought that i would find a lot to talk about with the professors. I know that there are several on staff there with serious backgrounds in such issues.</p>
<p>[I also wrote to McDonough himself, several years ago, and i know he has his new site (along with his 2 private companies) secondnature.org that has good write ups of environmental programs at schools around the country, but this does not answer my direct UVA vs. Tech question. -- plus due to financial concerns, and locality, i'm not interested in out of virginia schools ... no penn state, or tulane for me ... it must be in VA]</p>
<p>Virginia Tech on the other hand i know little about. What i have seen from their website, it appears they have more FACILITIES for their architecture program. They don't have much to say about sustainbility, except they apparently have a pretty serious graduate and PH.D course work in this field.</p>
<p>IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION or knows anyone currently attending either of these universities in the architecture schools who is also SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN, can you please help me find out which one is the better fit at the moment?</p>
<p>application deadlines are rounding the corner in the next few months, and i'm still not sure which one would be more appropriate. I know UVA is highly regarded as an architecture school, but Tech isn't too shabby either. Plus Tech seems more on the cutting edge with technology, and they require a pretty heavy duty laptop for admittance to the arch dept.</p>
<p>I'm in-state and currently hold a 3.4 with over 70 credits in this and that, so i'm not too concerned about admission to either as a transfer student.</p>
<p>I am concerned about ending up at the wrong school though.
Praise be to anyone who can help me with this quandry.
Thanks in advance,
<p>ps -- oh if anyone has anything to add about going to school for architecture in general, i'd be interested to hear your take on it. As, at 24, it's a bit daunting to think about being in school until i'm 30-32 for a professional degree (though it also sounds like a good escape from my office job -- at which i wrote this post. haha) I want to hear all sides. I know there are alot of people in the Arch profession right now that seriously discourage kids from thinking about it as a career path due to the "celebrity" nature of it. They say that it's about selling your self and being a whore or whatnot. I don't want to get my hopes up about doing something noble with design to help start a Green Revolution, only to find out that it's a crock and that i can't actually get paid. Or that i suck and can't hack it. All that to say share away!</p>