Greg Nemes (M.Arch 2012) Interview

By Carl Lostritto | Jan 15, 2013

This alumni interview was conducted in November 2012 by Camila A. Morales (M.Arch 2013). Greg Nemes graduated from the Masters of Architecture program in June 2012, in this interview he shares his experiences at risd as well as his current work post-graduation.

What has changed while you were at RISD?

My thoughts on interdisciplinary design changed a lot. I went to RISD knowing that I was going to study cross disciplines, but thought of it as a way to mostly enhance what I was doing architecturally.

I think what I found in the process of moving across several different disciplines and figuring out what type of work I want to do was that I was leaning more about designing experiences and interactions rather than designing a specific media, discipline or field. I think my perspective on disciplines and interdisciplinary study shifted a lot. I learned a lot from that shift.

How would you say that RISD allowed for you to grow while you were at the University?

I think the climate at RISD in general right now might at first seem like it is closed to interdisciplinary study, but with a little bit of effort it is easy to find your way. The school makes it possible through the places you can go and people that you can work with.

I think there is a hunger for that interdisciplinary work right now that makes it easy for people to come together and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects.

What have you been doing since you graduated from RISD?

Right after I graduated I became involved with the Design Office located in downtown Providence on Westminster Street which is a space for independent designers.

They were expanding from 4 members in a small office to 12 members in a much larger space. I worked with the architect on the project, Anastasia Congdon who teaches at RISD . We conceptualized the design of the space and furnishings. I spent a good part of the summer designing and building.

I have also been doing a lot of user interface work, designing websites, mobile apps and a little bit of architecture here and there.

What are you currently making right now?

I am working on a website for Brown University which is making an archive of creative teaching and research at the University. I am also constructing a website for RISD as well as a theater company located in Providence, RI. I am also designing a mobile app, and working with an architecture firm in NY to do computational façade work on a few hotels.

Are there any key questions that you ask yourself while doing your work?

I tend to think about interactions and how they can be most graceful.
How can this interaction be more fluid?
What is the effect that comes with that experience?
How do I design a system to generate that experience?
I am always trying to get inside the experience of whatever user that I am designing for.

C: Who is on your radar right now?

G: Area 17 design agency
Interactive and web

Do you have any comments for prospective or current architecture students?

Drink less coffee, more water. Go for a run.

Thank you!

The Design Office.

The Design Office furniture design.

Creative Mind, Brown University Interface Design.

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