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, including their adviser, to begin the thesis discussion and lay the framework for their thesis study in the spring. Check out our video below to watch the Degree Project Probes gallery come to life.

Countless hours are invested in designing and assembling a physical representation of thought. The Thesis Probe is meant to be “an installed construction embodying the students’ statement of intent and/or interest, discovery, and investigation. It is a preliminary thesis statement manifest as an installation in drawing, model, full-scale construction or all of the above. The result may or may not be carried to the end but it is considered a vital step in formulating a clear argument.” In addition, each student submits a preliminary thesis proposal, which is reviewed in tandem with the Probes during the gallery review. In review, students have fifteen minutes to present their work to a panel of three critics and engage in a discussion that will drive their investigation for the rest of the academic year.

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Degree Project is coordinated by Professor Enrique Martinez.


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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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