School of Architecture
The School of Architecture campaign surpassed its $25 million goal in the spring of 2012. With close to $32 million by the end of the campaign, the school will strengthen and enact its values, including social responsibility, sustainability, strong design sensibility and a developed research culture. Donors provided funds for student scholarships and fellowships, faculty and student research such as the Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes and Sites Initiative, facilities (especially expansion of Campbell Hall) and innovative projects such as ecoMOD and the new Center for Design and Health. Private gifts also helped expand international study, supporting the longstanding Veneto Study Abroad Programs, new India Initiative, new Community as Classroom Study Abroad Program in Ghana, China Program expansion and Barcelona Studio (exploring urban landscapes). Distinguished lectureships established during the campaign will enable the school to welcome more visiting international scholars, and the new Bull Fund for Alumni Connectivity will enhance the school’s activities worldwide.
Campbell Hall Expansion
Campaign-funded constructions on Campbell Hall — concluded in 2009 — added 12,000 square feet of much-needed space and garnered recognition as one of the best-designed architecture schools in the country by the Architizer blog. The architect of record was SMBW Architects, where Willard Scribner (Arch ’71) is a founding principal; the East Addition and South Addition were designed by Architecture School faculty members W.G. Clark and Bill Sherman; the landscaping was designed by Professor Emeritus Warren Byrd (Arch ’78); lead funding for the East Addition came from Victor Elmaleh (Arch ’42) and his wife, Sono; and approximately 500 donors contributed gifts of more than $7 million.
Mary Irene DeShong Professorship in Design and Health
Established with the largest gift in school history, the Mary Irene DeShong Professorship is a cross-disciplinary professorship in design and health. With a $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, the award will support the mission of the Center for Design and Health and foster a new design and health curriculum. Launched in May 2011, the CDH is the only known research center in the United States focusing on health issues across a wide range of scales and regions. As of the summer of 2013, a search was still underway for the inaugural DeShong Professor, who will direct the center.
Gifts at Work
Diversifying the A-School’s Student Body
Established in 2011 by Marcus Simpson (Arch ’86), the Galsworthy Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate international students studying at the School of Architecture. This is the first scholarship of its kind at U.Va. The inaugural Galsworthy Scholar is Yizhou Wang (Arch ’15), an urban and environmental planning major. Born and raised in inland China, he decided to apply to and attend U.Va. because of his admiration for its founder, Thomas Jefferson. He chose the Architecture School because he believes it will help “shape my future with profound perspective to observe my surroundings, to understand my city, to create my world and to sense everything.” In 2012-13, he interned in land-use management in his hometown in China and traveled to London and Edinburgh for architectural and literary study. “The honor of being the first Galsworthy Scholar is not merely an encouragement, but a prompt to push me forward — striving toward a path of perfecting myself as a would-be architect, urban planner and mature person,” he said.