• industrial design open studio

    The Open Studio | Underground Burchard Hall

  • industrial design student collaboration

    Collaborative Space | Kiva Group-Think

  • industrial design collabortive space

    Collaborative Space | The Studio Kiva

  • Clay Slab Construction | Platter Project | 2nd Year Studio

  • Annual Hand Drawing Workshop | 2nd Year Studio

  • Interdisciplinary Special Study Course with Engineering | Conceptual Drawings

  • Foundation Design Laboratory | Color Studies

  • Foundation Design Laboratory | Color Studies

  • Senior Independent Project | Quinn Huffstetler 2011

  • 2nd Year Form Studio | Platter Review

  • 3rd Year Studio Project | Kees Luyendijk 2011

  • 3rd Year Studio Project | Kees Luyendijk 2011

  • Senior Thesis "kid FORM" | James Connors

  • IDEA bronze award recipient 2012 | Peter Beegle

  • IDEA bronze award recipient 2012 | Peter Beegle

  • Silver Prize Winner UX 2013 Awards | Conor Brown, Michelle Murgia, Cole Smith

  • 2nd Year Wireless Universal Design Project | Chris Crowley, Kristina Danielyan, Ginny Jones, Mitchell Harris

  • Independent Study - Ax Design

    Independent Study of Ax Design with Dorsa | Jason Cusack

  • Independent Study - Ax Design

    Independent Study of Ax Design with Dorsa | Jason Cusack

  • Student Cello Case Design

    Design-Build Module | Cello Case by Jake Eck

  • Teapot Design and Creation - Zack Filbert

    Independent Study in Ceramics with Sullivan | Teapot | Zack Filbert

  • Portfolio Module - Student Work

    Portfolio Module | Excerpt: Field Craddock

  • Portfolio Module - Student Work

    Portfolio Module | Excerpt: Zack Filbert



May 2015


Eyewear Design Winner

Daniel Choi won the International Eyewear Design Contest, sponsored by OWP, a German eyewear manufacturer. Daniel received a 4-week internship in the OWP Design Department including travel, accommodations and board for his winning submission. Read more at OWP International Eyewear Contest Winners.


May 2015


Form Exhibition

Read more at FORM: Line-Plane-Solid Exhibition and see Form Gallery.
Exhibit crates made by Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design


April 2015

Award |

Autodesk Fusion 360

ID student Cole Smith won the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, Autodesk Fusion 360 for the Finite Faucet, a concept for “a water-saving public restroom faucet installation.”
Read more bowl


April 2015


A'Design Award

Chelsey Pon, Nellie Talbot, Lane Stith and Peter Yoo won the 2015 A’Design Award, from Como, Italy, in the Differently Abled and Seniors’ Assistance Design Competition for the NuWave, an assistive hearing device and mobile app that reduces the stigma associated with hearing loss, using bone conduction glasses.
Read more bowl


April 2015


Empty Bowls

On April 27th, 2015, a group of students from the School of Architecture + Design completed a 10 week module, titled Empty Bowls, with a highly successful fundraising event that supported Micah's Backpack. Empty Bowls is a national movement of artists who work to end hunger insecurities in their communities by making bowls and selling tickets for a soup event. In this course, students learn to make ceramic bowls by throwing, hand building, or slip casting- all of which help them to build skills in mold making and mass production. For this event, students and community members made a variety of soups, breads, and desserts for the guests of the event to enjoy. Upon arrival to the event, the guests get to pick a handmade bowl, and at the end of the evening they take home that empty bowl as a reminder of all who go hungry. 2015 was a record breaking year for the Empty Bowls module, the student group raised $2810 for Micah's Backpack, a local organization that provides a weekend's worth of food in backpacks and delivers them to children throughout our community every week. The students enjoyed they design skills they developed through the process, and felt a huge sense of accomplishment from positive impact they made in the community.


April 2015

ID |

Student Entrepreneur

Last year IDS Junior Gabriella Jacobsen used her studio project - the redesign of the public restroom tampon dispenser - to win the 1000 Pitches Competition in the Health Category. She then took the project to the NuSpark Startup Class and after assembling at team of 5 students from around the university won the People's Choice Award in the VT KnowledgeWorks Competition. Gabriella has since been nominated for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council Innovator Award and the Student Innovator & Entrepreneur of the Year by the Pamplin Business School, and the Apex Systems Center. Congratulations Gabriella!
Gabriella (center) with the other members of her KnowledgeWorks team.


March 2015


Student Merit Award Winner

Jonathan Kim was selected as the IDSA Student Merit Award Winner for 2015 from Virginia Tech. Congratulations Jonathan! Kim


March 2015

ID |

Study Abroad in China

Twelve students and one faculty member, Martha Sullivan, traveled to China from March 7th to 21st, 2015. The group began their journey in Shanghai, and traveled on to Xitang, Hangzhou, Jingdezhen, Nanjing, and Suzhou. The students ranged from first year to fourth year in Industrial Design. A highlight of the travel program was a visit to Shanghai Institute of Visual Art in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. While at the school, students from both universities presented group projects that focused on improving and sustaining family dynamics through design. Both sets of students were interested in the design process and outcomes used by all of the groups. Beyond the student projects, traveling to China allowed the students to be immersed in a radically different culture from their own, it was and exciting and rewarding experience for all. china

Beginning 2011


Click here to view the 2011-2015 archive.

Mission Statement

Situated in a rigorous workshop environment with open studios and dedicated desk space, the Industrial Design Program at Virginia Tech endeavors to facilitate learning by doing and to catalyze a student's independence - thinking for oneself. The program fosters an intensive making culture, advocating experimentation and iteration. The students' experience culminates in a forward-thinking-global perspective, a capacity for both collaboration and teaching one another, and a sensibility toward ut prosim, the University's pledge for service.


Graduating Senior Jonathan Kim was selected as this year's VTID Student Merit Award Winner. A page from the portfolio of work Jonathan submitted for this award. See more of Jonathan's portfolio here.