Virginia Melnyk

Foundation Fellow

Ph.D candidate, Tongji University

M.Arch, Weitzmann School of Design, University of Pennsylvania 

BS in Architecture, University of Buffalo

Ph.D candidate, Tongji University

M.Arch, Weitzmann School of Design, University of Pennsylvania 

BS in Architecture, University of Buffalo

Virginia Melnyk is the inaugural Foundation Fellow. The two-year fellowship position was established to encourage an emerging educator/practitioner to develop their line of creative work and teaching in a research university. Melnyk will teach in the Foundation Design Lab (1st year) and offer a seminar related to her research expertise. integrates her knowledge and experience with sewing, weaving, and knitting—which stem from her family’s history with textiles—into her architecture research work to create soft, transformable architecture.

Melnyk holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University at Buffalo. She is currently a PhD candidate in Tongji University’s Digital FUTURES International PhD program, where she has researched digital knitting and design for transformable and tensile structures. She has taught at the University of Buffalo and Clemson University and has held a research assistant position at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture. She has practiced at Studio Pei-Zhu in Beijing, SoftLab, Acconci Studio, and HWKN, among others.

vemelnyk@vt.edu