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The Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center provides individual counseling and group counseling for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Tech. Outreach and consultation services are an integral part of Cook Counseling Center’s mission of reaching out to students, faculty and staff through the provision of educational programming and workshops.

School of Architecture + Design Advising

Undergraduate Advising:

Freshmen in each of the School’s four undergraduate programs begin working with an academic advising staff member as their primary resource and point of contact for advising:

  • Undergraduate Architecture and Industrial Design majors should contact Tamela Gallimore (1st & 2nd year students) or Vernon Ferguson (3rd, 4th, & 5th year students).
  • Undergraduate Interior Design and Landscape Architecture majors should contact the Academic Program Coordinator and Advisor, 121 Burruss Hall.

The academic advising staff assists students with all matters involving enrollment, course requests and registration, curriculum requirements, university policies and procedures, and progress toward graduation. Based on checksheets for each of the School’s four undergraduate majors, which list the course requirements for the specific degree, often semester-by-semester, plus required CLE [Curriculum for Liberal Education] and elective credits, the academic advising staff member frequently meets with students to review their academic plans and progress toward their degree. The program chairs — Foundation Program Chair, Industrial Design Program Chair, Interior Design Program Chair, and Landscape Architecture Program Chair — are also available to meet with first-year students to address a range of issues that include force/add approval, pursuit of minors, change of major, inability to satisfy course requirements, personal difficulties that interfere with a student’s performance, or any other matters the student wishes to discuss pertaining to his or her studies.

From their 2nd year through graduation, students continue to seek advice from academic advising staff members, who frequently meet with students in person to review their DARS report [Degree Audit Report Status] and are in frequent contact via email to ensure successful and timely completion of degree requirements. Students also seek academic and professional advice from the chair of their specific degree program: Core Professional Architecture Program Chair (2nd & 3rd year), Advanced Professional Architecture Program Chair (4th & 5th year), Industrial Design Program Chair, Interior Design Program Chair, or Landscape Architecture Program Chair.

Students’ design lab instructors are additional members of the advising team, since these faculty have 12-20 contact hours with students each week of each semester and thereby have the opportunity to address questions about the curriculum, courses, other learning opportunities, career paths, etc. Landscape Architecture students are assigned an LAR faculty member as their primary academic advisor.

A+D Undergraduate Students: We encourage you to visit the academic advising staff at any time during the semester to ask questions about your curriculum or courses, to verify that you are on track to graduate on time, or if you need any other advising assistance.

  • Architecture and Industrial Design majors, 1st and 2nd year students: see Tamela Gallimore, 201D Cowgill Hall; make an appointment via on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; availability for drop in appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm & 2:00 - 4:00 pm; check in at the KIOSK in 201 Cowgill Hall (main office).
  • Architecture and Industrial Design majors, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year students: see Vern Ferguson, 201 Cowgill Hall; spring semester office hours for walk-ins or appointments are Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 4:00 pm; to make an appointment, please visit
  • Interior Design and Landscape Architecture majors: see Academic Program Coordinator and Advisor, 121 Burruss Hall, to ask questions or schedule an appointment; walk-ins welcome.

Graduate Advising:

College of Architecture & Urban Studies Advising Resources

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University Advising Resources

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University Academic Support Resources

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