Working in Virtual Reality: The Future of Design Collaboration

Working in Virtual Reality: The Future of Design Collaboration

To test VR as a tool for design collaboration, VMDO hosted a day-long workshop using human-centered design approaches focused on the new University of Virginia Student Health and Wellness Center.

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Ethos: An Annual Forum for Exploring Design

Ethos: An Annual Forum for Exploring Design

Ethos is a new annual internal publication created and published by VMDO staff that represents the characteristic spirit of VMDO’s design culture and forms a profile of how we work, what we value, and who we are within each given year.

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A Peak Behind the Curtain: The Winning Ready.Set Competition Design

A Peak Behind the Curtain: The Winning Ready.Set Competition Design

Victory Hall Opera and Yimeng Teng are working to re-envision what a set can be in terms of affordability, mobility, and creativity – to empower the next generation of performing arts companies, theater venues, and schools across the nation.

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VMDO Travel Fellowship: London Log and Lexicon Published by Maria Bninski

VMDO Travel Fellowship: London Log and Lexicon Published by Maria Bninski

Maria Bninski, AIA is the inaugural recipient of VMDO’s Travel Fellowship. Her fellowship provides an account of her findings and research exploring the evolution of ceiling architecture in London from the 1500s to present day.

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Evolving a JUST Perspective

Evolving a JUST Perspective

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.

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Interviewing Frances Lengowski: 10 Questions about ACUHO-I and Receiving the S. Earl Thompson Award

Interviewing Frances Lengowski: 10 Questions about ACUHO-I and Receiving the S. Earl Thompson Award

Frances Lengowski relates what receiving ACUHO-I’s esteemed award for contributions to the field of residence life means to her and VMDO.

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Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Design Guidelines

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Why I Joined VMDO: Fulfilling a Passion for Advocacy

Why I Joined VMDO: Fulfilling a Passion for Advocacy

Shawn Mulligan shares his reasons for joining VMDO and a call to action: “Together, we can put our shoulders to the wheel of history give it a shove.”

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Designing Early Learning Environments with Evidence-Based Research

Designing Early Learning Environments with Evidence-Based Research

An increasing number of economic, scientific, and sociological research supports what we’ve believed for decades – that early childhood development, including well designed facilities, classrooms, and learning environments are crucial investments that can pay big dividends beyond just the school system.

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Safer Schools: Designing for Both Physical and Psychological Security

Safer Schools: Designing for Both Physical and Psychological Security

K12 Studio Leader Rob Winstead shares evidence-based research and design strategies that are informing current policies on school security – building on recent testimony he delivered to the Virginia House Select Committee on School Safety.

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Sketchup 3D Basecamp Lessons Learned

Sketchup 3D Basecamp Lessons Learned

John Trevor recently presented new 3D modeling software and visualization technologies, and shared his experience attending the Sketch-up 3D Basecamp Conference in Palm Springs, California.

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Zero Energy Schools Capture the Attention of Policy Makers

Zero Energy Schools Capture the Attention of Policy Makers

In part because of the measurable impact of Discovery Elementary School on Arlington County's carbon, energy, and education goals, the zero energy Discovery Elementary School has inspired change at county, state, and national levels.

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Campus Transformation at Virginia Wesleyan University

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Taking Responsibility for Climate Change

Taking Responsibility for Climate Change

What role does architecture, and do architects, play in shaping our future climate? The new IPCC special report, Global Warming of 1.5d, provides a clear picture of the rapid rate at which our global climate is changing and the ecological, human, and societal costs of these coming changes.

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Responding to Prototype School Design

Responding to Prototype School Design

K12 Studio Leader Rob Winstead shares VMDO's position that effective and safe learning environments require thoughtful, custom, and integrated design solutions – not stock prototype school designs – for the future of K12 education.

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Living Buildings in Higher Education: The Future of Sustainability?

Living Buildings in Higher Education: The Future of Sustainability?

65% of buildings registered and/or certified by the International Living Future Institute are for higher education institutions. What draws higher education clients to the Living Building Challenge?

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Emerging Leaders in Architecture Investigate Legacy of Charlottesville Neighborhoods

Emerging Leaders in Architecture Investigate Legacy of Charlottesville Neighborhoods

VMDO employees Noah Bolton and Tyler Jenkins participated in the 2018 AIA Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture program. Their culminating design project investigated ways to strengthen the physical and social identity of Charlottesville's 10th and Page neighborhood.

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Connecting Theory and Practice: The ISpace at ODU

Connecting Theory and Practice: The ISpace at ODU

Working with Old Dominion University, we've had the opportunity to co-create a spatial typology that expresses the essence of the library at public research universities.

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Community Engagement: Lubber Run Community Center

Community Engagement: Lubber Run Community Center

Robust local partnerships supported solutions for a sustainable, place-based design that integrates interior and exterior public and programmed spaces.

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