Graduate Students Develop and Teach Winter Session Courses

By Carl Lostritto | Feb 20, 2014

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 to students in all majors and degree programs.

M.Arch student Jamie Graham designed a course titled, “Architectural Drawing:Methods + Materials
This course focused on drawing as a means of visual inquiry, and helped students build the skill to articulate both perceptual and conceptual visualizations. A variety of drawing media and processes heighten awareness of what we see and how we see it, and help to achieve confident and intelligently articulated visual responses. This course was intended for all who were keen on learning to express themselves visually using a variety of media, including pencil, felt tip pens, watercolor, and digital photo collage. Each student developed a set of drawings that introduced this method of communicating a set of principles using mixed materials.

Kaiwen Zhao's work from ""

Kaiwen Zhao’s work from “Architectural Drawing:Methods + Materials”

Kaiwen Zhao

Kaiwen Zhao’s work in “Architectural Drawing:Methods + Materials”

Ajani R. Takahashi-Lofton

Ajani R. Takahashi-Lofton’s work in “Architectural Drawing:Methods + Materials”

Inhwan Tae

Inhwan Tae’s work in “Architectural Drawing:Methods + Materials”

M.Arch student John DiSalvo designed a course titled, “Advanced Rendering
Students in this Wintersession’s Advanced Rendering course spent five weeks honing their digital modeling skills and learning how to take a project from a 3D model to a finished illustration. Using a combination of Rhinoceros 5, V-Ray, and Adobe Photoshop, each student created a series of images describing a single project. Through an iterative process drawing equally on traditions in architectural photography, digital media, and collage, students were able to produce portfolio-ready illustrations of recent studio work.

Michael Clouse's work in "Advanced Rendering"

Michael Clouse’s work in “Advanced Rendering”

Lindsay Winstead's work in "Advanced Rendering"

Lindsay Winstead’s work in “Advanced Rendering”

Abigail Stoner's work in "Advanced Rendering"

Abigail Stoner’s work in “Advanced Rendering”

M.Arch student Atara Kelman designed a course titled, “Experiments with Body and Space
Mastering the art of drawing is essential to becoming an architect. Nothing can replace the hand or the sketch. As hand drawing skills grow increasingly rare, students who invest in learning the art of drawing space are increasingly distinctive. This course introduced students to the fundamentals of drawing architecture. We began the journey with a simple drafted line, studied the body in relation to space and scale, and culminated by designing a building. Through drawing and constructing physical models, students investigated both the objective architectural environment and the subjective experience within.

Ariana Martinez' work from

Ariana Martinez’ work from “Experiments with Body and Space”

Ariana Martinez' work from "Experiments with Body and Space"

Ariana Martinez’ work from “Experiments with Body and Space”

Ariana Martinez' work from "Experiments with Body and Space"

Ariana Martinez’ work from “Experiments with Body and Space”

M.Arch Student Rory Stevens designed a course titled, “Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input
What is digital fabrication?  Where and when is value made (and meaning found) in a process of fabricating digital design?  What part of the process is more important input or output? The goal of this class was to explore what the term “digital fabrication” means in a cross-discipline sense.  Projects were rooted in varied backgrounds and interest.  Through the use of digital design tools (such as rhino, autoCAD, grasshopper, and more) students created from existing skill sets, and moved deeper into a digital realm.  The class gave working experience with the CNC Router, laser cutter, and 3-D printer, as well as introductions to other digital fabrication tools around RISD. First and foremost this class was rooted in making.  The objects made will embody conceptual ideas in a concrete form, and will influence how students think from now on.

Jackie Lung's work from "Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input" course

Jackie Lung’s work from “Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input” course

Jackie Lung's work from "Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input" course

Jackie Lung’s work from “Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input” course

Jackie Lung's work from "Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input" course

Jackie Lung’s work from “Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input” course

Brandon Bultman's work from "Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input" course

Brandon Bultman’s work from “Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input” course

Brandon Bultman's work from "Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input" course

Brandon Bultman’s work from “Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input” course


Brandon Bultman's work from "Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input" course

Brandon Bultman’s work from “Digital + Fabrication, output vs. input” course

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SouthLight Installation at Grace Church Cemetery

By Elettra Bordonaro | Feb 15, 2014

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…

Light, the City, and the Community

By Elettra Bordonaro | Feb 01, 2014

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…

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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