Rhode Island School of Design
Department of Architecture

Bayard Ewing Building
231 South Main St
Providence RI 02903
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Disseminating Design Research

“Design research in architecture cannot however be conceived as synonymous with the immensely broad subject of architecture, or indeed of architectural practice; rather, it is a significant seam that runs through design work with a particular focus on the creation of new insight and knowledge.” -Murray Fraser, Design Research in Architecture

While there are established protocols for research in the humanities and the sciences, these methods are less clearly articulated in the design disciplines. In order to take full advantage of its unique position in a renowned college of the arts, the RISD Architecture curriculum empowers students by teaching a range design research methodologies, and exploring their respective outcomes in creative practice. Students graduate from our program with a facility for framing their own practice, and an appreciation of how this leads to new insight and knowledge in our field.

Diego Fernandez presenting his thesis project with the work of Danni Zhang on the side wall. Participants in front row: (left to right) Associate Professor Amy Kulper, Critic Cara Liberatore, Jason Young, Grace La, Assistant Professor Emanuel Admassu, and Mario Gooden.

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.