Firm Visits in New York

By Erin Graham | Mar 04, 2016
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.
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One bus ride from Providence, the first stop was a discussion with Jared Della Valle, co-founder and partner of Alloy Development in Brooklyn, whose company challenges the business models of architects and developers. Jared was kind enough to invite all 45 of us into his living room (in a building he designed) for a presentation on how Alloy merges architecture and development.
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After some pizza and a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, the group toured SOM‘s New York offices, with RISD alumni Ken Lewis (Class of 1983) and Ina Ko (Class of 2005) . Peter Lefkovitz (Class of 2001), explained the continuing importance of models in communicating with clients.
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The last stop was CDR Studio, run by two RISD alumnae, Leah H. Cloud and Victoria A. Rospond (both Class of 1984). Most of the 18-person office joined us in a presentation of the firm’s work and how a small studio operates in a big city such as New York: seeking opportunities, producing high-quality work, and maintaining strong client relationships.
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This was the first of many field trips in the Professional Practice curriculum, which prepares students in their final years to successfully navigate the architecture field.
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BONUS: Stopping to watch some street performers, Professor Jonathan Knowles (“Professor X”) is chosen to be an active participant.
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Professional Practice

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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