Rhode Island School of Design
Department of Architecture

Bayard Ewing Building
231 South Main St
Providence RI 02903
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Mining the Core of the Discipline

“Good education is so important. We do need to look at the way people are taught. It not just about qualifications to get a job. It's about being educated.” - Zaha Hadid

In our contemporary post-digital world, architecture continues to broaden its arsenal of techniques and operates in an increasingly expanded field. Has this unprecedented proliferation and migration distanced architecture from its disciplinary core or helped to transform and reinstate it? RISD Architecture’s core design pedagogy maintains an active dialogue between analog and digital design techniques, advances the discipline of drawing and the efficacy of geometry in the description of space, explores the habits of experience as a lens through which to create innovative spatial design, and critically engages ethical questions about the politics and environmental stances of design practices.

Collection of student models from core and advanced studios.

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.