2007 Alumni Travel Award Book

With comments by Barry Bergdoll, Lauren Crahan, William Ryall and Lynnette Widder.

In the five years of its existence, the Alumni Travel Award has taken on significance as a vehicle for promoting RISD student work within a larger community, and for keeping alumni informed and involved. The work illustrated in each series represents the selection of studio work completed between Spring semesters of each year (including Core Studios, Advanced Studios and Degree Project) .

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The Storm of Creativity

Kyna Leski

Although each instance of creativity is singular and specific, Kyna Leski tells us, the creative process is universal. Artists, architects, poets, inventors, scientists, and others all navigate the same stages of the process in order to discover something that does not yet exist. All of us must work our way through the empty page, the continue reading…

Work in Progress Issue No.16: Doubletake

Editor in Chief Brandon Wang; Assistant Editors Matthew Bohne and Lucy Siyao Liu; Faculty Advisor Carl Lostritto

This issue includes interviews with the architect Florian Idenburg, the historian of ideas Amy Kulper, the provocateur Brian Delford Andrews, as well as student projects that develop distinct personalities— the glass artisan, the drawing robot, the infrastructural politician, the timekeeper, the draftsperson, the observers, the detective, the dancers—who are they, how do they set their continue reading…

Figure 03: That then Disappear in the Building of It

Published by The Draftery (Jesen Tanadi, Athanasiou Geolas, and Thomas Gardner)

Data-mining reality and visualizing the results, drawings present our opinions and visions. These documents have an implicit power that carries with it the potential delusion that a drawing is indicative of the world and not the drafter. However, a drawing’s author modifies and flattens the world until each page records a single architectural statement. If continue reading…

Where are the Utopian Visionaries?: Architecture of Social Exchange

Hansy Better Barraza (Editor)

In this radical book, architects, historians, and theorists survey the inventive, low cost work being done in obscure places to make architecture into a force for sustainable growth and social justice. The efforts are Utopian not charitable in aim. This new breed of architect-activists is endeavoring to diversity if not reinvent their profession by engaging continue reading…

The Making of Design Principles

By Kyna Leski with essays by Silvia Acosta, Lynnette Widder, David Gersten, Stuart Blazer and Nader Tehrani

Beginnings, new beginnings, the beginner’s mind are vital to an architect at any stage at the outset of a project; the foundation for why one does this over that…a basis for decisions throughout the creative process. The Making of Design Principles is grounded in the premise that a work of architecture is the science of continue reading…

Rhizome Skyline

by Stuart Blazer

From an essay by Henry Gould on on Stuart Blazer’s Rhizome Skyline: Rhizome Skyline is lofted under the aegis of architecture. The central characteristic of architecture is its quality of embodiment. Architecture is an exploration of physical materials in terms of their resistance: the aim is to produce a structure both useful and beautiful, which continue reading…

I Want to Be Metropolitan: Boston Case Study

By Dongwoo Yim and Rafael Luna I Want to be METROPOLITAN is a research on small scale metropolises, MINI Metropolis, using Boston as a case study to provide a different reading of the city. The study focuses on showing the efforts that the city of Boston has made in order to grow with metropolitan characteristics continue reading…

2011 Alumni Travel Award

Edited by Lynnette Widder.

In the five years of its existence, the Alumni Travel Award has taken on significance as a vehicle for promoting RISD student work within a larger community, and for keeping alumni informed and involved. The work illustrated in each series represents the selection of studio work completed between Spring semesters of each year (including Core Studios, continue reading…

2009 Alumni Travel Award

With comments by John Hartmann, Lauren Kogod and Ada Tolla.

In the five years of its existence, the Alumni Travel Award has taken on significance as a vehicle for promoting RISD student work within a larger community, and for keeping alumni informed and involved. The work illustrated in each series represents the selection of studio work completed between Spring semesters of each year (including Core Studios, continue reading…

SKINDEEP: Light as Air

by Anastasia Congdon, ed., with texts by Anastasia Congdon, Jill Stoner, Derek Porter and Lynnette Widder.

SKINDEEP was an open research-based Advanced Studio partnered in Spring 2008 and 2009 by VELUX skylights and Rhode Island School of Design Department of Architecture. 2009

SKINDEEP: The Enclosure of Buildings

by Anastasia Congdon, ed., with texts by Anastasia Congdon, Tim Eliasssen, Kyle Gaffney, Tim O’Neill, Jill Stoner and Lynnette Widder.

SKINDEEP was an open research-based Advanced Studio partnered in Spring 2008 and 2009 by VELUX skylights and Rhode Island School of Design Department of Architecture. 2008

2008 Alumni Travel Award

With comments by Brian Callahan, Philip  Ryan, Allan Wexler and Lynnette Widder.

In the five years of its existence, the Alumni Travel Award has taken on significance as a vehicle for promoting RISD student work within a larger community, and for keeping alumni informed and involved. The work illustrated in each series represents the selection of studio work completed between Spring semesters of each year (including Core Studios, continue reading…

Designing at a Distance: A School in Lausanne

Lynnette Widder, ed., with texts by Matthias Bram and Lynette Widder

An Advanced Studio at the Rhode Island School of Design situated in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Abstraction and Empathy: Designing from a Distance

Lynnette Widder, ed., with texts by Ira Piatini, Andreas Wolf and Lynnette Widder

An Advanced Studio at the Rhode Island School of Design situated in the city of Lugano, Switzerland. 2006

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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  • Design Like a Girl “I hope that this class has encouraged students to be curious – to constantly question the built environment around them,” said Architecture grad student Rebecca McGee MArch 16 on Wednesday. As this year’s grad student faculty leader, she welcomed friends and family to a celebration of an ongoing partnership between RISD and Lincoln School, read more...
  • Ideas Born on Paper Architecture Professor Christopher Bardt BArch 83 has a longstanding personal connection to the work included in Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, an exhibition on view at the RISD Museum through August 2. Sharing his impressions while walking through the show, he stops at a delicate graphite, ink wash and colored pencil drawing by British architect Michael Webb... read more...