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…

AD-WO: Material as Social Construct as Material

AD-WO is an architectural practice based between Brooklyn and Providence, and, by extension, between Ethiopia and Australia. Founded by partners Jen Wood and Emanuel Admassu, AD-WO is preoccupied with establishing an operational terrain between the discipline’s content and container. In the BEB gallery, three recent design proposals for a market and playscape in Stockholm, a two family continue reading…

Feld Installation: Opus Chartaceum

Gabriel Feld (Chief Critic, European Honors Program) has a new installation entitled Opus chartaceum at the XXI Esposizione Internazionale della Triennale di Milano in the main Muzio Building. Feld reflecting on his installation described it thus “Opus chartaceum, is a play on Roman walls, such as opus reticulatum, opus caementicium, that I’ve found fascinating and inspiring since I got to continue reading…

Reimagining Providence

Do you ever imagine what the future might look like?  Do our actions effect the world around us, and in what ways?  The advanced studio, Reimagining Providence, led by Anne Tate, is doing just that.  Each student has imagined their own future, developed a time line, and is design the urban systems to facilitate that continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Green Urbanism

Graduate Open House 3/14/16

9:15-45 SIGN IN at the department office | BEB 101 9:45 COFFEE with fellow prospective grads | 1st floor gallery, BEB MEET with Department Faculty, Department Head Laura Briggs, and, Graduate Program Director Hansy Better | Lecture Hall, BEB 106 10:00 FACULTY PRESENTATIONS | BEB 106 10:30 MEET with RISD Architecture Graduate Students | BEB continue reading…

Advanced Studio | In Reverse

New faculty members Gerald Bodziak and Emily Abruzzo are joining us this spring semester teaching an advanced studio, In Reverse. The studio unfolds with intense studies on ruins as remnants of architecture. Students’ research will be compiled into a design guide that will then inform a specific, sited architectural proposal by each student. Design work will draw on abstract continue reading…

Firm Visits in New York

Students in Jonathan Knowles’s Professional Practice class spent a beautiful Tuesday traversing New York City. The trip, sponsored by RISD Career Services, included visits to three firms demonstrating the range of architectural practice: from a global giant on Wall Street to a one-room studio in SoHo. _ One bus ride from Providence, the first stop continue reading…

Professional Practice

Spring 2016 Events

  • February 25, 6:30 PM Jorge Otero Pailos, Eames Lecture
  • March 14, 6:30 PM Emily Abruzzo & Gerald Bodziak, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, more info...
  • April 5, 6:30 PM Shane Coen, Coen + Partners (Department of Landscape Architecture)
  • April 7, 6:00 PM Emanuel Admassu & Jen Wood, AD-WO, more info...
  • April 15, 8:00 PM R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Written and Performed by DW Jacobs
  • April 18, 6:30 PM Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architects more info...
  • April 21, 6:30 PM Rodrigo Abela, Principal, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (Department of Landscape Architecture)
  • April 28, 6:30 PM Jeff Lee, Lee and Associates (Department of Landscape Architecture)
  • May 2, 6:30 PM Kyu Sung Woo, Kyu Sung Woo Architects more info...
  • May 18, 5:30 PM Reiulf Ramstad, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter more info...

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