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 organizations, the goal of the students is to create an outdoor lighting installation which will bring attention and signal new hope for the abandoned space.

The cemetery and course are featured in Philip Eil’s recent article, Save These Buildings! in the Providence Phoenix.


The course’s culminating event will take place Thursday and Friday February 6th and 7th.




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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 continue reading…

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…

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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  • Exploring Sound + Space at the RISD Museum A hush falls over the audience seated in the center of the RISD Museum’s Grand Gallery as multimedia performance piece Galapagos in C gets underway. Two Architecture students silently enter as mimes, gaze at a large 18th-century family portrait by Jacques-Luc Barbier-Walbonne and then strike a pose mimicking the subjects in the painting. read more...
  • Design Like a Girl “I hope that this class has encouraged students to be curious – to constantly question the built environment around them,” said Architecture grad student Rebecca McGee MArch 16 on Wednesday. As this year’s grad student faculty leader, she welcomed friends and family to a celebration of an ongoing partnership between RISD and Lincoln School, read more...
  • Ideas Born on Paper Architecture Professor Christopher Bardt BArch 83 has a longstanding personal connection to the work included in Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, an exhibition on view at the RISD Museum through August 2. Sharing his impressions while walking through the show, he stops at a delicate graphite, ink wash and colored pencil drawing by British architect Michael Webb... read more...