Rhode Island School of Design
Department of Architecture

Bayard Ewing Building
231 South Main St
Providence RI 02903
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Advancing Analog and Digital Craft

Practicing Environmental Ethics

Building a Discursive Culture of Architecture

Disseminating Design Research

Innovating Pedagogical Practices

Mining the Core of the Discipline

Fabricating at One to One

Engaging Material Ecologies

Cultivating Just and Equitable Futures

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Looking for something to watch online? We suggest the 2/27 Dread Scott talk at RISD called "Imagine a World without America," part of the graduate speaker series The Gradual Contemporary: Conversations on Contemporary Art

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RISD Architects Think Small: Five affordable, net-zero homes designed in a RISD studio are being built in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood.The designs grew out of an advanced Architecture studio led by Professor Jonathan Knowles.

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“We hope to expand the understanding of [African] marketplaces beyond what is possible via Western architectural discourse....” --Assistant Professor Emanuel Admassu at the opening of the Two Markets Exhibition

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Design for the Green New Deal: Preserving coastal environments and combating sea-level rise are not only among the key calls to action proposed through the Green New Deal, they’re crucial for achieving a more sustainable—and frankly habitable—future.

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The Book of Thesis Books published by the RISD center for Arts & Language is available online. It categorizes exemplary Masters Thesis books into five categories: Academic Thesis, Monograph, Project Document, Mosaic Essay, and Artist's Book.

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Thanks to the efforts of graphic designer Andrew LeClair [RISD MFA, 2012], and faculty members Emanuel Admassu, Laura Briggs, Aaron Forrest and Carl Lostritto, RISD Architecture has a new visual identity. Inspired by the diversity of approaches and schools of thought within our department, rather than produce a logo, LeClair designed a mark-making tool. Now we have the potential to have as many RISD Architecture marks, as there are unique individuals and perspectives within the department. Stay tuned as we roll out marks by notable architects and educators from our lecture series, as well as renowned RISD Architecture Alumni.

Read about RISD COVID-19 planning for Fall 2020 on covid.risd.edu. All department courses are hybrid or online. More details and a letter from the Department Head have been posted here.