Greg Tew
Associate Professor

I've worked at VT since 2004. For the first eight years I was the Interior Design Program Chair. It was an honor to help build one of the best Interior Design programs in the country.

Today, I am teaching in the First Year Foundation Studio and I teach Design Appreciation, a large lecture course (330 students) open to all students at Virginia Tech. In 2014, I received the prestigious Sporn Award for Teaching Introductory Courses for my work in Design Appreciation. (196 faculty members across the University were nominated.)

Design Appreciation presents a very broad look at how design shapes our lives. A key idea presented in the course was beautifully written in the book Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.

"The cultivation and expansion of needs is the antithesis of wisdom."  

E.F. Schumacher, 1973

Students today are living and learning in a time of great opportunity for positive change and it is exciting to help inspire the "wisdom" needed to shape our lives in ways that are sustainable, equitable, and that elevate our quality of life.