SouthLight Opening Festival

On Friday, September 23rd, our team of RISD Architecture & Landscape Students joined the community, Mayor Elorza, Senator Whitehouse, Councilman Aponte, along with SouthLight project partners for the opening of SouthLight!   This summer a team of 16 students and faculty (ARCH + LDAR) put their brains and muscles to the test, as they designed continue reading…

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Advanced Studio: Reinventing Light Frame Construction

What if we remote the sheathing, consider structure in more novel ways, and replace traditional dumb membranes with new smarter materials? What does this new Light Construction Look like?   This year’s full-scale advanced studio, taught by Jonathan Knowles and Brett Schneider, challenges typical residential wood framing. The goal of the studio is to propose continue reading…

For Prospective Students: Graduate Architecture IN FOcus Event on 11/11

This IN FOcus event offers in depth dialogue with the Master of Architecture Graduate Program Director and current students. Prospective students will get a sense of the people, places and points of view that makes RISD one of the most widely respected graduate programs. The Provost, faculty, and currently enrolled students will offer a broad continue reading…

5×5 Participatory Provocations Addresses Trump Wall, Drones, and NSA

“Architecture as a profession struggles to simultaneously engage with the public and be provocative within the confines of its own field. Either arguments and proposals get ‘dumbed down’ or they simply aren’t accessible or relevant,” claim the curators of the exhibit currently on view in the BEB Gallery. Julia van den Hout (founder of Original Copy, and continue reading…

Tilt-Down Fence: Making Space for Immigrants

The Tilt -Down Fence is an interactive public work that  speaks to the challenges of immigrants. Our own Professor of Architecture Hansy Better Barraza, worked in concert with BR-A-CE,  Viet-AID, and a collection of students and volunteers, to complete the project last month. Michelle Dunbar and Isabelle Camarra of RISD’s Textiles Department, along with other volunteers, helped construct the fence continue reading…

AIAS + Second-Hand Supply Store = Sustainable Studio Culture

This year our AIAS team kicked off the first second-hand supply store! After every academic year students from all years have a moment where they hold up their barely used ruler, and ask themselves, “do I need this anymore?” …followed by a smash in the trash can. Rhode Island School of Design collects a total continue reading…

Advanced Studio Presentations Fall 2016

Silvia Acosta, Emaneul Admassu, Jim Barnes, Aaron Forrest, Jonathan Knowles, Brett Schneider and Friedrich St.Florian present their advanced studios. Silvia Acosta IMPRINTS: Artifacts, Drawings, and Words The subject of the studio is to make and explore a collection of speculative things of a particular character, material, medium, content, and size. These things—artifacts, drawings, and words—are continue reading…

Architects in the Sun ’16

We are excited to announce the Third Annual Architects in the Sun summer showcase! This showcase, to be displayed in the gallery of our beloved BEB, is to have a chance to show off the work you did this summer. Any art & design related work will do — don’t be shy! Submission requirements: One, (two maximum) continue reading…

SouthLight Team Breaks Ground!!!

Our SouthLight Team broke ground on Thursday, June 23, after a year long collaboration with the City of Providence, Southside Cultural Center, Art Place America, visiting professor Elettra Bordonaro, assistant professor Aaron Forrest and RISD’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture Student designers. This is an extremely exciting moment for the community of Upper South Providence, as SouthLight will continue reading…

Thesis Update: Third Spring Review

Three reviews down! The last week of April hosted the last round of semester thesis reviews. In these penultimate critiques, students met with a new group of reviewers with an eye on these last few weeks of preparation. For some, this was practice for the final, the fine-tuning of ideas and clarification of syntax. For continue reading…

Michael Fink: Poetics of Architecture

The power of poetics and architecture plays through its physical manifestation predates back to design inception. Sketching & modeling – powerful tools designers use to express the power of their brain, though the skill of their hands. Writing is an undermined, yet vital part of designing. The play of words takes architectural conceptualizing deeper and continue reading…

Yitan Sun & Jianshi Wu Win eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Two recent RISD graduates earned first place in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition and sparked unusually active critical response to their fictional proposal. Like any project involving a beloved landmark, the proposal, New York Horizon, inspired a flurry of discourse around the reinterpretation of Central Park and the relationship between architecture and landscape. In its simplest form, New York Horizon continue reading…

Galapagos in C

Last December, students in seminars taught by David Gersten and Michael Harrison collaborated on a piece titled Galapagos in C. The performance, which took place in the Grand Gallery at the RISD Museum, explored themes of time, space, art, movement, and music. Now, Gersten’s organization Arts, Letters & Numbers has compiled a full-length video of the continue reading…

Student Spotlight | Natasha Ruiz

Students at RISD take classes in departments other than their own.  RISD is full of the most talented students from across the globe, as well as professors.  Taking classes outside of a single department lets students take advantage of the wide range of skills and insights that can be learned from ones peers or mentors. continue reading…

Undergraduate Student Qi Guo Receives RISD Maharam Fellowship

Each summer selected students from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) are awarded internship opportunities through the Maharam STEAM Fellowship in Applied Art and Design. Starting in 2012, the New York-based textile company Maharam agreed to generously fund these fellowship opportunities for RISD students through 2016. As a senior architecture student at RISD, Qi is well continue reading…

Exhibition: Michael Maltzan Architects

An exhibition of the work of alumnus-led architecture practice Michael Maltzan Architects, Inc just launched in our Bayard Ewing Buidling Gallery. The gallery team along with numbers of student volunteers worked really hard on the installation of the exhibition over the weekend to make this happen. Michael Maltzan will deliver the 2016 Shoemaker Lecture tonight at Chace Center. The exhibition design continue reading…

Thesis Update: Second Spring Review

The second round of thesis reviews spanned March 22nd and 23rd. The week before RISD’s Spring Recess, these reviews also marked the half-way point in the semester. Both graduate and undergraduate students in their final year have been working independently, meeting regularly with an advisor, and pairing up with another thesis group every month for continue reading…

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Ultramoderne: RECESS PS1

Faculty members Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest, founders of award winning architecture office Ultramoderne, were recently selected as one of the finalists of MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP). As the finalist, they were invited to design a proposal for the designated site at MOMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard. Several faculty members and students in the department were involved in continue reading…

Student Spotlight | Nadine Zaza

Architects are artists too!! All architects need to practice their skills to stay on top of their game, and that includes continuing to learn and grow as an artist and designer throughout your schooling and career.  Students at RISD get a unique opportunity to learn and practice their craft with the best from around the continue reading…

Midterm Update | Wood Structures

This semester, in Erik Nelson’s Wood Structures class, the students had a chance to learn more hands on wood working skills, while having some midterm fun.  Each student was given the same kit, a block of wood, four nails, and four wheels.  The only requirements they had were to make a car that weighted less continue reading…

Fall 2016 Events

  • September 23, 4:00 PM SouthLight Opening Festival, 393 Broad Street. Providence, RI 02907
  • October 3, 6:30 PM Artist Talk: 5x5 Participatory Provocations 25 architectural models by 25 young American architects
  • October 13, 6:30 PM David Lewis, LTL Architects
  • October 20, 6:30 PM Enrique Walker, Columbia University, GSAPP
  • October 31, 6:30 PM Marie Law Adams & Dan Adams, Landing Studio
  • November 14, 6:30 PM Joyce Hwang, Ants of the Prairie

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