Burchard Hall is named for Charles H. Burchard, founding dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS). The structure was constructed underground, adjacent to Cowgill Plaza, in 1988 to preserve the popular pedestrian thoroughfare. It serves as additional studio space for the architecture and industrial design programs, faculty office space, and workshops.
The School of Architecture + Design is part of Virginia Tech's CAUS, which offers a highly-ranked and competitive undergraduate and graduate degree program. The facilities at Burchard include wood, metal, and plastics shops, photographic darkrooms for film processing and print-making, ceramics, graphics, and textile workshops, and computer/digital media laboratories.