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Brett Schneider: Conversations (RISD Lecture, Spring 2017)

Brett Schneider is the Senior Associate at Guy Nordenson and Associates (structural engineers) in New York NY and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence RI.  In his almost 20 years at Guy Nordenson and Associates, he has contributed to the structural engineering of projects with leading architects including: Michael continue reading…

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Upcoming Lectures by Professor Kyna Leski

Architect: Kyna Leski. “Funnel”, video still, Dennis Hlynsky, 1982. Kyna Leski, RISD professor of architecture currently on sabbatical, will present two major lectures.  First at The Cooper Union in New York City and then the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for their Misher Festival of Fine Art.   Kyna will return to her Alma continue reading…

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: PETRA BLAISSE (Lecture, Spring 2017)

Designer, Petra Blaisse, discusses the dynamic environments — interior, exhibition, and landscape — her studio, Inside Outside, creates. Architectural and cultural context informs the use of flexible forms of architecture and spatial composition. Soft and pliable — often living — materials create movement and ever-changing effects, along with sound, light, climate and the effects of continue reading…

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Introduction to Computation

Introduction to Computation studio course open to all RISD students that explores coding, algorithms, and computational ideas. This semester, in it’s pilot run, it is taught by Architecture Department faculty member Carl Lostritto. Each Friday when the class meets, students have varied and personal work to present within strictly defined but open-ended project parameters. The continue reading…

SouthLight Opening Festival

On Friday, September 23rd, our team of RISD Architecture & Landscape Students joined the community, Mayor Elorza, Senator Whitehouse, Councilman Aponte, along with SouthLight project partners for the opening of SouthLight!   This summer a team of 16 students and faculty (ARCH + LDAR) put their brains and muscles to the test, as they designed continue reading…

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Advanced Studio: Reinventing Light Frame Construction

What if we remote the sheathing, consider structure in more novel ways, and replace traditional dumb membranes with new smarter materials? What does this new Light Construction Look like?   This year’s full-scale advanced studio, taught by Jonathan Knowles and Brett Schneider, challenges typical residential wood framing. The goal of the studio is to propose continue reading…

5×5 Participatory Provocations Addresses Trump Wall, Drones, and NSA

“Architecture as a profession struggles to simultaneously engage with the public and be provocative within the confines of its own field. Either arguments and proposals get ‘dumbed down’ or they simply aren’t accessible or relevant,” claim the curators of the exhibit currently on view in the BEB Gallery. Julia van den Hout (founder of Original Copy, and continue reading…

Tilt-Down Fence: Making Space for Immigrants

The Tilt -Down Fence is an interactive public work that  speaks to the challenges of immigrants. Our own Professor of Architecture Hansy Better Barraza, worked in concert with BR-A-CE,  Viet-AID, and a collection of students and volunteers, to complete the project last month. Michelle Dunbar and Isabelle Camarra of RISD’s Textiles Department, along with other volunteers, helped construct the fence continue reading…

Advanced Studio Presentations Fall 2016

Silvia Acosta, Emaneul Admassu, Jim Barnes, Aaron Forrest, Jonathan Knowles, Brett Schneider and Friedrich St.Florian present their advanced studios. Silvia Acosta IMPRINTS: Artifacts, Drawings, and Words The subject of the studio is to make and explore a collection of speculative things of a particular character, material, medium, content, and size. These things—artifacts, drawings, and words—are continue reading…

Architects in the Sun ’16

We are excited to announce the Third Annual Architects in the Sun summer showcase! This showcase, to be displayed in the gallery of our beloved BEB, is to have a chance to show off the work you did this summer. Any art & design related work will do — don’t be shy! Submission requirements: One, (two maximum) continue reading…

SouthLight Team Breaks Ground!!!

Our SouthLight Team broke ground on Thursday, June 23, after a year long collaboration with the City of Providence, Southside Cultural Center, Art Place America, visiting professor Elettra Bordonaro, assistant professor Aaron Forrest and RISD’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture Student designers. This is an extremely exciting moment for the community of Upper South Providence, as SouthLight will continue reading…

Thesis Update: Third Spring Review

Three reviews down! The last week of April hosted the last round of semester thesis reviews. In these penultimate critiques, students met with a new group of reviewers with an eye on these last few weeks of preparation. For some, this was practice for the final, the fine-tuning of ideas and clarification of syntax. For continue reading…

Michael Fink: Poetics of Architecture

The power of poetics and architecture plays through its physical manifestation predates back to design inception. Sketching & modeling – powerful tools designers use to express the power of their brain, though the skill of their hands. Writing is an undermined, yet vital part of designing. The play of words takes architectural conceptualizing deeper and continue reading…

Galapagos in C

Last December, students in seminars taught by David Gersten and Michael Harrison collaborated on a piece titled Galapagos in C. The performance, which took place in the Grand Gallery at the RISD Museum, explored themes of time, space, art, movement, and music. Now, Gersten’s organization Arts, Letters & Numbers has compiled a full-length video of the continue reading…

Exhibition: Michael Maltzan Architects

An exhibition of the work of alumnus-led architecture practice Michael Maltzan Architects, Inc just launched in our Bayard Ewing Buidling Gallery. The gallery team along with numbers of student volunteers worked really hard on the installation of the exhibition over the weekend to make this happen. Michael Maltzan will deliver the 2016 Shoemaker Lecture tonight at Chace Center. The exhibition design continue reading…

Thesis Update: Second Spring Review

The second round of thesis reviews spanned March 22nd and 23rd. The week before RISD’s Spring Recess, these reviews also marked the half-way point in the semester. Both graduate and undergraduate students in their final year have been working independently, meeting regularly with an advisor, and pairing up with another thesis group every month for continue reading…

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Ultramoderne: RECESS PS1

Faculty members Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest, founders of award winning architecture office Ultramoderne, were recently selected as one of the finalists of MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP). As the finalist, they were invited to design a proposal for the designated site at MOMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard. Several faculty members and students in the department were involved in continue reading…

Midterm Update | Wood Structures

This semester, in Erik Nelson’s Wood Structures class, the students had a chance to learn more hands on wood working skills, while having some midterm fun.  Each student was given the same kit, a block of wood, four nails, and four wheels.  The only requirements they had were to make a car that weighted less continue reading…

AD-WO: Material as Social Construct as Material

AD-WO is an architectural practice based between Brooklyn and Providence, and, by extension, between Ethiopia and Australia. Founded by partners Jen Wood and Emanuel Admassu, AD-WO is preoccupied with establishing an operational terrain between the discipline’s content and container. In the BEB gallery, three recent design proposals for a market and playscape in Stockholm, a two family continue reading…

Feld Installation: Opus Chartaceum

Gabriel Feld (Chief Critic, European Honors Program) has a new installation entitled Opus chartaceum at the XXI Esposizione Internazionale della Triennale di Milano in the main Muzio Building. Feld reflecting on his installation described it thus “Opus chartaceum, is a play on Roman walls, such as opus reticulatum, opus caementicium, that I’ve found fascinating and inspiring since I got to continue reading…

Reimagining Providence

Do you ever imagine what the future might look like?  Do our actions effect the world around us, and in what ways?  The advanced studio, Reimagining Providence, led by Anne Tate, is doing just that.  Each student has imagined their own future, developed a time line, and is design the urban systems to facilitate that continue reading…

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Thesis Update: First Spring Review

Spring marks the third and final phase of the thesis sequence: the Thesis Studio. Prior to this period of intense, individual investigation, students completed a seminar in the Fall and research during Wintersession. Now is the time for design, experimentation, and implementation of ideas, supported by a faculty advisor and peers. The first large-scale reviews continue reading…

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Advanced Studio | In Reverse

New faculty members Gerald Bodziak and Emily Abruzzo are joining us this spring semester teaching an advanced studio, In Reverse. The studio unfolds with intense studies on ruins as remnants of architecture. Students’ research will be compiled into a design guide that will then inform a specific, sited architectural proposal by each student. Design work will draw on abstract continue reading…

Firm Visits in New York

Students in Jonathan Knowles’s Professional Practice class spent a beautiful Tuesday traversing New York City. The trip, sponsored by RISD Career Services, included visits to three firms demonstrating the range of architectural practice: from a global giant on Wall Street to a one-room studio in SoHo. _ One bus ride from Providence, the first stop continue reading…

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Chicago Horizon

In his 1909 plan for Chicago, Architect Daniel Burnham proposed to create a space that connected the city’s population to the lakefront. Although his vision was not realized until the 20th century, the lakefront is now a major attraction for tourists and locals. Kiosks along the shore have many uses, including providing shopping, eating, and continue reading…

Design of RISD/Brown Dual Degree Center

This studio taught by Nick Winton has just had their midterm review recently, and the students are working toward the final review. Students explore the potential for speculative synthesis between the liberal arts and the visual arts — to incite formal, spatial, and tectonic intervention between two buildings, two campuses, and two cultures. Students are asked to develop continue reading…

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Landing Studio: It Still Takes 12 Days

Recently Landing Studio earned the Architectural League Prize 2015, along with the Design Biennial Boston 2015. Dan Adams and Marie Law Adams are the founding partners of Landing Studio, an architecture, design, and research practice whose work negotiates the intersection of large scale global infrastructure with urban environments. Since 2005, Landing Studio has developed projects with port facilities continue reading…

The Meyer Residence

RISD’s very own Graduate Program Director and principal of Studio Luz, Hansy Better Barraza, recently earned The American Architecture Award for 2015, for The Meyer Residence. Awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. This prestigious award exists to recognize individuals for continue reading…

2015 Kate Goldstein Award

NESEA recently announced that the 2015 Winner of the Kate Goldstein Award for Emerging Professionals in Sustainability, RISD graduate Liz McCormick! Liz McCormick graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from RISD in 2009, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Building Technology at MIT. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a LEED continue reading…

Advanced Studio Update: LIGHT URBANISM

Students from Aaron Forrest and Elettra Bordonaro advanced studio are working on a design built project that will revitalize the Grace Church Cemetery in South Providence. Working in groups, students have analyzed the site with their own acute eyes, and proposed their design approaches for the site. The studio is a continuation of SouthLight, a Winter Session class continue reading…

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Advanced Studio Update: Imagination

This advanced studio is taught by Professor Chris Bardt. At the midterm, students presented these epic drawings.

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Advanced Studio Update: Luminous Structures

Students from Jonathan Knowles’ Luminous Structures studio presented their mid-semester work to critics from RISD, Brown, and Saint-Gobain’s North American affiliate, CertainTeed, who is sponsoring the semester-long studio. Working in pairs, the ten students built a human-sized lightbox. Each group used one wall to test strategies for bringing light into the cube and to the continue reading…

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Advanced Studio Update: Between Content and Container

Students from Emanuel Admassu‘s advanced studio have presented their mid-semester project recently. At a moment when the discipline seems to finally be recovering from the shock of the Global Financial Crisis, students are sampling from a series of architectural projects that were generated directly after the shock of May, 1968. This studio examines the notion of continue reading…

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Kyna Leski Interview: The Storm of Creativity

Creativity is something that everyone uses, consciously or otherwise. We are all inherently creative, using self made languages to solve problems, understand concepts and to navigate our way through difficult tasks. It is a human quality that is impossible to shake, but how can we use this gift more efficiently? Kyna Leski, a professor at continue reading…

Kaleidoscope-Periscope in Biltmore Park

The Kaleidoscope-Periscope is an inhabitable viewfinder designed and fabricated by Tom Beresford, Lisa LaCharite-Lostritto and department faculty member Carl Lostritto with assistance by M.Arch Graduate Assistant Feiyi Bie. The entrant leaves the wold of the city only to encounter a heightened though distorted view of that world mixed with fragments of their own image. The mirrored, continue reading…

Techstyle Haus Update

Techstyle Haus opened to the public on April 24th at the Domaine de Boisbuchet, an educational center for artists, designers and architects in Lessac, France. President Rosanne Somerson, Provost Pradeep Sharma, and Associate Professor of Architecture Jonathan Knowles, who led the project, were among the RISD representatives attending the celebration. Read more on our.risd.edu The Techstyle Haus project continue reading…

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Architectural Analysis Indirect Drawing

After the first project, the X-Ray drawing, the Architectural Analysis course shifts gears. Each student maintains a focus on one building, which will remain true for the entire semester, but our medium is now the space of the digital model. We’ve found that working with software is a craft that involves the hand and the continue reading…

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Arch Analysis 2015: 15 New Buildings, 4 New Faculty

There are hundreds of courses that can only happen at RISD, but Architectural Analysis is particularly emblematic of RISD Architecture. The course requires that students do exactly one thing: study a built work of architecture. This might sound similar to a precedent study, where a work of architecture is read and understood so as to continue reading…

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Chereth Hines-Channer Awarded Gensler Diversity Scholarship

M.Arch student Chereth Hines-Channer has earned first prize in Gensler’s diversity scholarship. In the five year history of the scholarship, this is the second year that a RISD student has taken the top prize. Nathalie Jolivert (M.Arch 2012) won the award previously. Hines-Channer submitted a project, MAP Los Pinos: “An open door community,” which was continue reading…

Advanced Studio Update – Climate Change Museum

As a warm up for Anne Tate and Nadine Gerdts’s Climate Change Museum advanced studio, students grappled with how to convey a message about climate change in a temporary installation. Pier 26 on the Hudson River in New York became a stage for participatory art and powerful event spaces. Each student created their own program, continue reading…

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Kyna Leski Speaking at AFTERTASTE 2015: Inside Imagination

Architecture Professor Kyna Leski participated in the 2015 AFTERTASTE symposium, which was hosted and organized by the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons. The symposium asks, What does it take to imagine? We live in an era of environmental crisis and political unrest when complex systems and data analysis dictate projections of an uncertain future. continue reading…

Advanced Studio Update – Archaeologies of the Future Museum

A collaborative studio lead by Demetra Katsota (University of Patras) and Hansy Better (RISD) asks, How can a country reinvent itself? Can a building be a manifestation of new ideas to bring about positive change to a place? The studio looks at present Athens, Greece through the lens of a foreigner and a local citizen. Two architectural continue reading…

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Architecture at RISD Faculty Biennial

The RISD Faculty Biennial, a longstanding tradition, highlights new work by the extraordinary artists and designers who teach at RISD. The 183 works on view by 185 faculty artists are as varied as the many departments and divisions in which the faculty teach—ranging from apparel, textiles, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, illustration, photography, jewelry, and continue reading…

Drawing Ambience at RISD Museum

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association Will be on view at the RISD Museum from April 24 –August 2, 2015 Drawing Ambience highlights the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, from 1971 until his death in 1990. During continue reading…

Six Lines Exhibit

Lines of thought, lines of research, lines of making: six practitioners, each representing different disciplines and discourses, inhabit a moment pervaded by uncertainty about the status of craft in the face of the plethora of techniques made available by the computer. The work presented here can neither erase that doubt, nor re-solidify atavistic notions of continue reading…

RISD Team to Envision “National Parks Now” for Van Alen Institute

An interdisciplinary design team led by RISD faculty and alumni was selected by Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service as a finalist in the National Parks Now competition. The team, composed of Architecture faculty Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis (ultramoderne), and Landscape Architecture faculty Suzanne Mathew, video artist Noah Klersfeld (ARCH, 1996), graphic continue reading…

Winter Session Studio Extends Techstyle Haus Research Into Urban Context

This advanced studio will work from research developed over the past two years for the RISD/ BROWN/ FHE entry into the 2014 Solar Decathlon. The prototype house was designed for the Domaine de Boisbuchet and was exhibited in Versailles, France. We will first analyze and then draw lessons from the Techstyle Haus project to provide continue reading…

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Professor Knowles Advises 2015 Solar Decathlon Team

Jonathan Knowles, Techstyle Haus faculty advisor, recently visited the New York City College of Technology Solar Decathlon team. The NYCCT project, DURA Home, has been selected for the 2015 solar decathlon and they wanted to hear about his experience as well as talk about management, funding and strategy for their competition. Professor Knowles also spoke continue reading…

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While visiting the Renaissance, thoughts on architecture today

During his advanced studio trip to Florence, Emeritus Professor Friedrich St. Florian delivered a lecture at the Palazzo Rucellai. Speaking about a return to classicism, which has historically been a response to a period of great experimentation and formal exuberance, and perhaps will form the next phase of our architectural future St. Florian noted that continue reading…

SO-IL Exhibit: Forecast

Florian Idenburg, founding partner of SO-IL, recently presented a lecture, “To Be Determined” as part of our Fall Lecture Series. SO-IL and the Architecture Department Gallery curators also collaborated on an exhibit that was on view throughout November.

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Woods Studio Update

This studio is taught by Professor Peter Tagiuri. Woods given as an origin for architecture is an old discourse. They have always inspired us; shelter above and space between. Architecture cultivates a clearing within the forest, divides itself between furniture and building, between movable and fixed, between meuble and immeuble. The material of trees, WOOD, continue reading…

B.Arch ranked #7 undergrad program in United States

The latest edition of DesignIntelligence’s “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” ranks the RISD Bachelor of Architecture program #7 among professional architecture undergrad programs in the United States and #3 in the East. We’ve been ranked in the top 10 for 10 of the last 12 years.

Degree Project Probes Gallery

Every fall, students who plan on pursuing Degree Project studies in the spring produce an exploratory investigation, or “probe,” into their desired topic of study.These 15-inch-wide, floor-to-ceiling installations cover the entirety of the Bayard Ewing Building’s main gallery for a week in October. Each student presents his or her project to a panel of critics, continue reading…

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Centro Michelangelo, Florence Studio Update

This advanced studio is taught by Friedrich St. Florian in fall semester 2014. The Italian government in conjunction with the comune–- of Florence and the Casa Buonarroti have agreed to establish an institute for the scholarly study of Michelangelo. The center will become an extension of the Casa Buonarroti, dedicated to the academic and scholarly continue reading…

Tudela Studio Update

  Tudela Studio. The Connectomics Institute This studio is taught by Enrique Martine in Fall Semester 2014. The studio will be a platform from which to respond to the increasing complexity of today’s user-centered work spaces and will raise questions about the present and future of work. In that frame of reference, pure ideas and continue reading…

Future Health System Studio Update

This semester, Professor Nathan King and Olga Mesa are co-teaching an advanced studio, Future Health Systems. This course is supported by Boston-based MASS Design Group.     Studio Description: This studio will explore the relationship between technology and emergent healthcare typologies with a particular focus on underserved communities and resource limited settings. The link between continue reading…

Praud’s Leaning House

Architectural office – Praud, led by Architecture Professor Dongwoo Yim and Interior Architecture Professor Rafael Luna, has designed a leaning house tilted upwards to maximize exposure to views and sunlight.       Leaning House Architect : PRAUD Principal in Charge : Dongwoo Yim, Rafael Luna Local Architect : SJAI Landscape : Changbok Yim, PRAUD Lighting continue reading…

Graduate Student Emily Yen Wins Museum of Science Fiction Competition

Over the summer, RISD Architecture’s Emily Yen submitted a proposal to the Museum of Science Fiction’s “Preview Museum” Competition. Her concept, “Schrodinger’s Box”, took first place and was lauded by the jury for its elegant form and attention to programmatic requirements. The Museum of Science Fiction is a D.C.-based organization whose mission is to celebrate continue reading…

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Professor of Architecture Gabriel Feld’s First Move as EHP Chief Critic

The exhibition “Scherzi sulla Centuria” was shown at the Temple University Gallery of Art in Rome from September 24 through October 9, 2014. In concert with RISD and Temple University students, Professor Gabriel Feld installed a series of visual studies and explorations using Post-It Notes and other common office materials. Gabriel explains: “The installation of the show was a continue reading…

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Techstyle Haus in the News

With the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 underway, Techstyle Haus is generating attention in the press. The New York Times story, A House That Sips Energy, calls out the house’s “…voluptuous skin of high-performance fabric.” Metropolis reports, “The house gets its Bauhaus-inflected name from the high-performance textile shell, which is stretched over the structure, and then continue reading…

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DESINE-Lab’s Public Plaza Project

RISD’s DESINE-Lab is collaborating this summer with Brown University and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia to design and build a public plaza and park in Central Falls, RI. Faculty Elizabeth Hermann and Daniel Feldman from RISD and Martin Anzellini from Javeriana along with more than 50 students from the three universities comprise of this continue reading…

Postcard from Istanbul

My dear colleagues and students, We just had the opening for the installation of RISD’s Moveable Studio in Istanbul. It was an intense and exciting week of work with local alumni. We got together on Sunday evening and from there on it was an explosion of ideas (my favorite included a dancing bear, a long continue reading…

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Solar Decathlon Pulls It Together

Solar Decathlon team has continued construction and finalizing the design these last few months and installed the textiles, the central element of the design, for Techstyle Haus this past week. The exterior Sheerfill membrane went up with the help of professionals from Birdair and Saint-Gobain. Typically used in sports stadiums and airports, this high-performance fabric continue reading…

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Designing Connections

“From Neptune to Wood Island / The Greenway Connector” focuses its attention on developing a new plan for the Greenway Connector in East Boston, about a half mile sliver linking the Neptune Green to the Overlook at Wood Island Marsh. The two parks will serve as key points of reference for users entering and exiting the Greenway park system, and as continue reading…

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Another Postcard from Hangzhou

My dear colleagues and students, The five weeks in at the CAA went by so fast! Last Friday we had the final review of the “Mapmakings” workshop. It was an interesting conversation about architecture, design and representation. And, in particular, about the future of the rural village in China, a subject that the government is continue reading…

Studio Writes Software to Make Drawing

The Spring 2014 Advanced Studio, “Computing Drawing: Inhabiting Surface,” explores computer programming as a design medium. Despite the pervasive role of digital media in architectural education and practice, the question of how (and even if) programming can and should be used to conceive of architecture remains open. Rather than immediately producing three-dimensional architectural models with continue reading…

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Culture On Display Studio Carries On for Spring Break

The Culture on Display Studio, a joint collaboration with architectural students at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) in Guatemala City, Guatemala, will meet in Gautemala for spring break. Through exploring Maya history such as crafts, sports, and astronomy, each RISD student created a travelling exhibit that fits within a small suitcase. During the trip the continue reading…

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Postcard from Hangzhou

My dear colleagues and students, How are you? Hope very well. I’m really enjoying my sabbatical. Now at the CAA (China Art Academy) teaching a 5-week workshop. It is called “MAPMAKINGS” and involves a series of drawings, models and little movies of eight traditional villages in Lishu, Zhejian Province. Later in the spring and summer continue reading…

Graduate Students Develop and Teach Winter Session Courses

Graduate students at RISD are given the opportunity to propose new courses to be taught over our Winter Session. Each student is guided by a faculty mentor, but runs the course independently. This year, four architecture students designed and taught studio courses. As is the case with all Winter Session courses, these classes are open continue reading…

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Winter Session Degree Project Review + Exhibit Opening

Every three years the Architecture Department exhibits student work at the Woods-Gerry Gallery. Our 2014 Exhibition showcases the act of architecture through the work of current Degree Project students, who will now spend the Spring 2014 semester completing their research. The work-in-progress review, a regular part of our Winter Session curriculum, coincided with the exhibit continue reading…

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SouthLight Installation at Grace Church Cemetery

For the first time ever, students from the Rhode Island School of Design presented beautiful lighting displays inspired by the past, present, and future of the cemetery. On February 6th visitors to the installation enjoyed lights, music, refreshments, community, and family friendly activities. Students from RISD’s Industrial Design, Furniture Design and Architecture departments engaged with continue reading…

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Light, the City, and the Community

The ‘Light, the City, and the Community’ is a Wintersession lighting design course. Led by Social Light Movement cofounder Elettra Bordonaro, the class is working with the South Providence community in the hopes of improving the condition of the Trinity Gateway Cemetery (formerly known as Grace Church Cemetery). With the help of local companies and continue reading…

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Code Studio Formed

Architecture faculty member Carl Lostritto along with Graphic Design faculty Clement Valla have recently led the formation of Code Studio, a cross disciplinary group aimed at furthering computational research, scholarship, and education at RISD. The group, which is made up of faculty and students across the Design+Architecture, Fine Arts, and Graduate Studies divisions, treats computing continue reading…

The Making of 3SIXØ Architecture Exhibit

On Thursday November 21, AIA Rhode Island hosted an exhibit of the work of 3SIXØ Architecture, a firm founded and operated by Architecture Department faculty Chris Bardt and Kyna Leski.

Solar Decathlon Team Returns to Europe

Nine members of team Inside Out and professor Jonathan Knowles traveled to France and Germany to attend the second Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) workshop and to meet with sponsors about their project, Techstyle Haus. The team visited the headquarters of the Viessmann Group in Allendorf, Germany to consult with the corporation’s CFO and chief engineers about continue reading…

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Mentoring Opportunity Builds Design Interest among High School Students

Each year Jim Barnes and a few RISD grad students work with local high school students as mentors in the Rhode Island ACE Mentoring Program. ACE is a unique partnership among industry professionals — architects, engineers, construction managers, college and university representatives, and other professionals from related corporations and professional organizations — who work together to continue reading…

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Making of Design Principles Underway

The 2013 Making of Design Principles Studio is taught by Hansy Better, Kyna Leski (who is the coordinator), Carl Lostritto, Ryan Murphy, Brett Schneider, and Adi Toledano. Students began by interpreting the concept of equilibrium by responding to a series of related, iterative prompts, including: Capture the air filled balloon in suspension using the string continue reading…

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Architecture Students Show Work in Complexity Exhibition at RISD Museum

Complex Systems Theory, or Complexity for short, is an interdisciplinary science which examines the emergence of sophisticated networks from combinations of elements following simple rules. Spanning fields as diverse as economics, genetics, computer science, and ecology, the revelations in this area have been so vital that renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has remarked “The next century will be continue reading…

Studio Champions Boston as Future Olympics Site

Advanced studio “Boston Olympics 2024” pursues a new strategy of holding the Olympic Games that goes beyond the outdated model of previous century. Most of the times in history, Olympic cities built massive new infrastructures, stadiums and housings to hold the Games, and in many times, as cities could not find a right way of continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Boston Olympics

Precast Concrete Conference and Grant Award

Jim Barnes and Brett Schneider recently attended the Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) annual Meeting in Dallas to initiate the Architecture department’s engagement with a PCI funded Precast Concrete Studio.  RISD Architecture as received a $25,000 grant to study pre-cast in architecture in a studio setting.  The proposal calls for casting full size architectural objects at continue reading…

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techstylehaus.com launches

techstylehaus.com documents the RISD, Brown University and University of Applied Sciences Erfurt collaboration on our joint entry to the 2014 Solar Decathlon competition. Techstyle House is also on Facebook and Twitter. Please consider supporting us via Kickstarter as we work towards our August 11th goal.

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The Story of Professor Chick Fink told by Professor Mike Fink

[Editors Note: Emeritus Professor Chick Fink taught in the architecture department for many years. His brother, Michael Fink, is an equally prolific educator and citizen of RISD who teaches in the Department of Literary Arts and Studies. Here, Professor Michael Fink shares some words about his brother’s lifelong journey through architecture and academia.] He was continue reading…

Urban Actors, Urban Collage

This advanced studio, which is taught jointly by Belén Moneo and Eduardo Rega, initially tasked students with mediating between three (of many potential) “actors” within the scene of Madrid urbanism. This involved exploring relationships and potentials that will eventually lead to an “architecture of things.” This initial prompt also facilitated collaboration, as students who shared continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Retrofitting Foreclosure

Retrofitting Foreclosure: The Trials of Empty Castles, Studio Trip to Madrid

This advanced studio, which is taught by Benén Moneo and Eduardo Rega, traveld to Madrid during Spring Break. What follows are reports written by students along the way and some of the early work of the studio. Iglesia de San Pedro Mártir, Templo del Teologado de los Padres Dominicos Perched atop a hill, the gardens continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Retrofitting Foreclosure

Solar Decathlon Corporate Workshop in Erfurt

On Tuesday, March 26th, the RISD/Brown/Erfurt Solar Decathlon team invited energy and construction industry representatives to a meeting at the Fachhochschul in Germany to discuss sponsorship for the 2014 competition in Versailles, France. In the morning, the students presented their design process in German and English, and introduced the three institutions they represent. After a continue reading…

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Architectural Analysis Course Opens with Axons

Architectural Analysis is a new course that expands upon the concepts of Architectural Projection, which was also taught for the first time last fall. The coordinator is Chris Bardt and the instructors are Hansy Better, Peter Dorsey, Carl Lostritto, and Pari Riahi. Students explore one of a series of canonical 20th century buildings for the continue reading…

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Architecture and the Brain

What is reality? How is our mind formed from a 3 lb. organ? What constitutes our sense of self? How do learning and memory happen? The human brain is the new frontier in science and medicine. Our capacity to probe its functions has reached a point where we can now emulate brain processes to design continue reading…

Advanced Studio: The Brain Institute

Computing Drawing: Animating Thick Surfaces, Studio Update

This studio explores the role of computation as medium for thinking and making. This means avoiding the treatment of the computer as a tool to help solve already defined problems. It means going deeper than using software. It means operating outside the bounds of the digital. Perhaps most importantly, it means conflating the action of continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Computing Drawing

Bauhaus & the City

In Bauhaus & the City (Advanced Studio) we’re working on the legacy of the Bauhaus as it relates to urban issues.  To be perfectly candid, I didn’t know if there was anything there, but we’ve already found documented connections between Kandinsky and the planners of Moscow after the revolution, Bayer’s shift from typography to topography continue reading…

Advanced Studio: Bauhaus & the City

Architecture Faculty on Exhibit at RISD Museum

Running from Friday, Fevruary 22 through Sunday, March 17, the RISD Faculty Biennial is “An inspiring visual buffet” (Providence Phoenix).  This longstanding tradition showcases studio work by RISD’s outstanding full- and part-time faculty in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, graphic design, industrial design, architecture, and more. The Architecture department’s  Chris Bardt, Kyna Leski,  Jack Ryan, Rachel Stopka of continue reading…

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Avant-Garde Doesn’t Give Up – final project

For the final project of this studio, students were encouraged to elaborate on the experiments of the first part of the semester by working with space directly. They had a choice to develop proposals for an architectural structure influenced by the grammar of filmmaking or to appropriate and transform an existing space for the installation continue reading…

Advanced Studio; Avant-Garde Doesn't Give Up

Solar decathlon: Wintersession in Germany

We traveled to Erfurt, Germany to begin work on the Solar Decathlon Competition during this years wintersession. Our 3-way partnership (Brown, RISD and FHE) was selected last December to compete against 20 other international schools in the Solar Decathlon on June 2014 in Versailles, France.  During the trip, we worked with our german colleagues for continue reading…

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Work begins on the Inside-Out House for Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

“…Team Inside Out has been selected among the twenty teams that are going to compete for the next edition in Versailles. M. Alain Maugard, President of the Scientific Committee, and M. Alain Lecomte, President of the Steering Committee, as well as all SDE 2014 Organization members, are happy to congratulate you for this success.” –Jérôme continue reading…

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Modeling form and Phenomena

In the last post on this topic it was noted that, “the Architectural Projection course continues to oscillate between media.” The same is still true two weeks later as students have adapted their methods of measure to include the translation of physical information into the space of a digital model. The most recent prompt asks continue reading…

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Urban Design Principles

We began by sending our students to Boston to “get lost”. Each group was sent to a different one of Boston’s many distinctive neighborhoods to explore. These were Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the North End, South Boston Waterfront, the South End and the West End. They were directed to emerge at a particular transit stop continue reading…

Urban Design Principles

Notes from the 3rd Floor Studios:

November 9.  Sorry, I’ve fallen behind with the updates of the Design Principles studio.  We finished the second project a couple weeks ago.  It still marvels me that we start with lines–or knots, whatever–and a few weeks later we’re discussing questions of space, scale, relation with the ground, structure and enclosure.  Why do we do continue reading…

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Portfolio review session held at KPF NYC

KFP Architects, New York City, recently hosted an open house and portfolio review session for RISD students and alumni on Oct. 26 2012. The purpose of the event was to highlight and foster cross-disciplinary collaboration among visual artists and designers. The event included a portfolio review session. RISD architecture graduate Hana Kassem gave a tour of the offices.

Measuring and Mapping

The Architectural Projection course continues to oscillate between media. Students are now charged with mapping their still-life. Much has changed since the first day of class when we were drawing an assemblage of found objects. Now the subject of inquiry includes two section cuts and the marks made on those objects, which are a record continue reading…

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Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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