VMDO Becomes 1st JUST Certified Firm in Virginia08.23.19
The JUST Label offers a framework for building firm-wide accountability and engaging staff in an ongoing dialogue about what it means to be a socially just and equitable organization. VMDO is the first architecture firm in Virginia and the third firm in the Mid-Atlantic to achieve the label.
Sharing Architecture: VMDO Founder Robert Vickery (1932–2019)08.16.19
VMDO founder Robert Vickery passed away on August 10, 2019, surrounded by friends and family. Beloved for his contributions to architecture and teaching, Bob was a prolific writer, mentor to hundreds of architecture students, and consummate practitioner who started VMDO Architects in 1976 alongside three students – Robert Moje, Lawson Drinkard, and David Oakland.
Discovery Elementary School Becomes First School and Third Project to Receive LEED Zero Energy Certification07.18.19
Discovery Elementary School is the first school and third project ever to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Zero Energy certification. Discovery is also the first recipient of the USGBC National Capital Region’s (NCR) Net Zero Award and is the only building in the NCR to date to demonstrate a net-positive energy balance
Designing for Student Health and Wellness04.25.19
Wellness is not the absence of sickness: it is physical, social, emotional, financial, occupational, intellectual, environmental, and spiritual health. As part of the paradigm shift toward a whole-student model of healthcare, institutions of higher education are exploring how their buildings can best support student + staff wellness.
Living and Learning Beyond Boundaries at Virginia Tech03.18.19
What exactly does it mean to live and learn “beyond boundaries”? The Creativity + Innovation District (CID) living-learning community brings together the arts, engineering, science, and design fields to localize innovation within a residential setting that contributes to Virginia Tech's broader global learning community.