Appalachian Design Institute

School of Architecture

The Appalachian Design Institute, in partnership with the Appalachian Prosperity Project (APP), Community Design Research Center, UVA Institute for Public History, UVa-Wise Center for Appalachian Studies, and a range of community partners, seeks to further the research and practice of design and community development strategies in the coal counties of southwest Virginia. Students from across the two universities have joined with local business leaders, elected officials, and community members to work on heritage tourism, small town revitalization, and civic engagement.