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

By Carl Lostritto | Feb 22, 2015

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 designer Dungjai Pungauthaikan (GD, 2007), and landscape ecologist Jessica Forrest, was selected to redesign the visitor experience at Weir Farm National Historic Site in southwestern Connecticut. They will focus on expanding site-specific contemporary art practices at the park and how these practices can inform and expand the boundaries of interpretation and visitor experience on site. They will join three other teams selected from among 65 respondents to study different national parks in the Northeast region.

More information available from Van Alen Institute



Left to right: Yasmin Vobis, Noah Klersfeld, Aaron Forrest, Suzanne Mathew, Dungjai Pungauthaikan, Xiomaro (Weir Farm Advisory Panel), Linda Cook (Weir Farm Superintendent)

Left to right: Yasmin Vobis, Noah Klersfeld, Aaron Forrest, Suzanne Mathew, Dungjai Pungauthaikan, Xiomaro (Weir Farm Advisory Panel), Linda Cook (Weir Farm Superintendent)

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

Featured on RISD.EDU

  • AIAS presents BEAUX ARTS 2017 – MASKED BALL read more...
  • Designing a School for the Arts The idea of launching an arts high school affiliated with RISD has been in the air for decades, so when Architecture Professor Jim Barnes (BArch 69) was thinking about a theme for his advanced fall studio, he decided to resurrect it. read more...
  • 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...