Rhode Island School of Design
Department of Architecture

Bayard Ewing Building
231 South Main St
Providence RI 02903
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Building a Discursive Culture of Architecture

β€œTo live together in the world means essentially that a world of things is between those who have it in common, as a table is located between those who sit around it, the world, like every in-between, relates and separates men at the same time.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

At RISD architecture, discursive culture begins at the table – the drawing table, the crit table, the seminar table. The faculty understands that the architects we are educating will make more than drawings, models, and buildings. They will make discourse. They will act as public intellectuals. They will instigate debates surrounding spatial politics. They will campaign for social equity and inclusion. They will be activists in their practices – spoken, written, and designed.

Assistant Professor Emanuel Admassu hosts Ilze Wolff for the Inaugural Design Research Seed Fund Table Talk

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.