The Virginia Architecture Magazine (VAM) is a digital publication that showcases the work of undergraduate architecture students to engage communities within and beyond the School of Architecture with an understanding of our architectural design work and the creative processes underlying each project. VAM is dedicated to the budding student designers in the architecture school so that they can take pride in their work by experiencing it in published form as it reaches and speaks to a larger, invested audience. VAM will serve as a forum representing the voice of undergraduate architecture students; it will provide an opportunity for students to share their ideas more explicitly and openly. VAM will contribute to the existing dialogue among students at the university, and will further expose and engage members outside of the school with a more narrow scope of work that is not seen outside of the architecture community.
Each semester, architecture students become so entrenched by their work processes in order to arrive at a complete set of deliverables for presentation. In these processes, the root or essence of each project is often lost. It can be lost through miscommunication or changes in direction, yet whatever it may be, many students do not feel entirely fulfilled with their work upon the semester’s end. VAM is seeking to provide that fulfillment and to derive the essence of each student’s work. VAM is intended to bring the voice of young designers to the foreground of discussion. The proposed publication will be used as a channel for members of the undergraduate architecture community to share their passions with the rest of the university and encourage more cross-discipline discussions. As a publication, we want to facilitate those conversations of architecture beyond the sphere of an academic class to build connections that can help us understand who we are and our relationships to one another within the UVa, Charlottesville, and greater communities. Ultimately, VAM will strive to actively participate in shaping the university’s legacy.
The publication will celebrate the students’ effort to take on issues within the design community both in their academic work and personal lives. Students have already used VAM to facilitate discussions involving work ethic within our design community. They’ve additionally addressed stressors and other mental health issues prevalent both in the School of Architecture and the university setting. Several have contributed by writing articles about their personal experiences studying architecture abroad to share with current students who have similar interests and wish to expand their studies beyond UVa and Charlottesville. VAM represents the voice of our school that is often unheard, and although we wish to show the rest of the university our capabilities and what we do, the essence of this publication lies in a drive for dialogue.
Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.