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Kay F. Edge

Associate Professor
  • Chair Graduate Architecture Program

Kay Edge is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Graduate Architecture Program at Virginia Tech. She is a licensed architect and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from the University of the South, a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Environmental Design degree from Yale University.

She has worked professionally in New York City, New Haven, Connecticut (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects), and Blacksburg, Virginia. Her teaching and research have been focused on design-build projects using innovative sustainable materials, most recently cork and locally-sourced hardwood cross-laminated timber. Her 2018-2019 design labs designed and built an award-winning train-viewing structure in Radford, Virginia. Undertaken in collaboration with colleague Edward Becker the project has been recognized with Design, Research, Design Education and Material Innovation awards.

AIA Blue Ridge, 2018 Design + Honor Awards Architizer, New River Train Observation Tower
AIA Virginia, 2020 Design Awards
The Architect’s Newspaper, Best of the Best
ACSA, 2022 Architectural Education Awards

She is a faculty fellow in the Virginia Tech Food Studies program and has researched the role that architecture can play in addressing food deserts and food insecurity.

She maintains a small residential, furniture, and object design practice in Blacksburg.

Innovative Materials (Cork, H-CLT Mass Timber), Design-Build Pedagogy, Basic Design Pedagogy, Intersections of Philosophy and Architecture

Qualifying Design Lab
Architecture and Urbanism Lab
Building Materials and Assemblies

  • 'Collective Memory and the Museum: Towards a Reconciliation of Philosophy, History and Memory in Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum' published in Images, Representations and Heritage Springer 2006
  • 'Buy, Sell, Roam: the Airport Calculus of Retail' published in Public Space and the Ideology of Place in American Culture, Rodopi 2009

AIA Virginia 2020 Design Award
ACSA Architectural Education Award 2022


M.Arch Virginia Tech, M.E.D. Yale University

B.A. Philosophy, University of the South