Putting the pieces together: the parts and the whole of student housing, Lexington, Virginia

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1992
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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One of the most daunting challenges an architect faces in the design process is making harmony of the myriad parts that make up a building. A small student apartment and stable building for an equestrian center was the subject of an investigation into the extent of the architect's mastery of a project. The parts and assemblies of the structure were studied in detail. This investigation showed that a building's beauty must run more than just "skin deep," and that an architect, in order to have a successful project, must consider even the most minute parts of the building, exercising as much design control as possible.

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