Undergraduate Student Qi Guo Receives RISD Maharam Fellowship

By Dongyue Zhang | Apr 25, 2016

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Each summer selected students from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) are awarded internship opportunities through the Maharam STEAM Fellowship in Applied Art and Design. Starting in 2012, the New York-based textile company Maharam agreed to generously fund these fellowship opportunities for RISD students through 2016.

As a senior architecture student at RISD, Qi is well aware of the great potential and responsibility of the profession he chooses. He believes an architect should also be an active social participator in order to maximize his/her value and contribution to the society. Inspired by the previous winter travelling experience in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka with Professor Lili Hermann, Qi, this summer, will go back to the district and cooperate with students and teachers from St John’s Vocational Training Centre (SJVTC). Together, they will explore the possibilities of the future housing in local community. Their exploration will include the experiments with unconventional building materials and techniques as well as the discussion and imagination of the ideal future living space. Qi holds the strong belief of the significant role of design education plays in retrieving the underprivileged regions in the world. Through the interaction with students, he wants to sparkle the student’s creativity and bring the design thinking he developed at RISD to SJVTC.

“I am going to Batticaloa, Sri Lanka to do a sustainable building material exploration as well as a teaching workshop with the local students and teachers from St. John’s Vocational Training Centre. This project is focus on exploring new construction materials and techniques, which potentially utilize the local natural resources and construction wastes to make affordable and durable materials for the war and flood devastated community.” – Qi Guo


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