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

“Craft remains skilled work applied toward practical ends. It is indescribable talent with describable aims. It is habitual skilled practice with particular tools, materials or media, for the purpose of making increasingly well executed artifacts. Craft is the application of personal knowledge to the giving of form.” -Malcolm McCullough, Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand

The RISD architectural education cultivates a seamless relationship between analog and digital craft. Our pedagogy explores and exploits the complex territory between drawing a line and producing a picture of a line. The idea of a digital turn suggests a departure, an estrangement, or a leaving behind of previous tools, techniques, and knowledge. At RISD Architecture, digital techniques are engaged as a continuity, a dialogue and a carrying forward of their analog predecessors.

Qi Guo’s drawing of a sampled corner, created with a computer controlled pen-plotter

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



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.