Thesis Update: First Spring Review

By Erin Graham | Mar 14, 2016
Spring marks the third and final phase of the thesis sequence: the Thesis Studio. Prior to this period of intense, individual investigation, students completed a seminar in the Fall and research during Wintersession. Now is the time for design, experimentation, and implementation of ideas, supported by a faculty advisor and peers. The first large-scale reviews of the semester took place Februrary 22nd, where students presented their work to a panel of advisors, including their own. Through drawings, models, experiments, and interactive processes, students are refining a creative process that will inform the remainder of their thesis work.
Becca McGee [M.Arch] prepares for a discussion of her work, explorations into the nuances of where dichotomous entities--hot and cold, circle and square--engage, or in her own words, "it's something about a storm."

Becca McGee [M.Arch] prepares for a discussion of her work, explorations into the nuances of where dichotomous entities–hot and cold, circle and square–engage, or in her own words, “it’s something about a storm.” photo credit: Saba Yazdjerdi

Daejeong Kim [M.Arch] demonstrates drawing instruments that amplify the difficulties inherent in creating a straight line, distributing control of the line to various parts of his body.

Daejeong Kim [M.Arch] demonstrates drawing instruments that amplify the difficulties inherent in creating a straight line, distributing control of the line to various parts of his body. photo credit: Saba Yazdjerdi

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Daniel Thompson [B.Arch] delved into manifestations of human geometries imposed on topographic landscapes, such as the impact of forestry on the Pacific Northwest.

Daniel Thompson [B.Arch] delves into manifestations of human geometries imposed on topographic landscapes, such as the impact of forestry on the Pacific Northwest.

Robert Sugar [M.Arch] designed a fictional city based on the systems and ecologies of four existing urban centers along Lake Erie: Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and Buffalo.

Robert Sugar [M.Arch] designed a fictional city based on the systems and ecologies of four existing urban centers along Lake Erie: Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and Buffalo. photo credit: Renee Jensen

Cheng Yang [M.Arch] receives feedback on the three methodologies he's created to curate architectural space, based on light, repetition, and the program of a museum exhibition.

Cheng Yang [M.Arch] receives feedback on the three methodologies he’s created to curate architectural space, based on light, repetition, and the program of a museum exhibition. photo credit: Celeste Martinez

Melissa Ponce [B.Arch] researches social and ecological systems as a way to construct resilient human settlements in urban Ecuador.

Melissa Ponce [B.Arch] researches social and ecological systems, such as mangroves, as a way to construct resilient human settlements in urban Ecuador.

Shauni Lin [M.Arch] questions "insect morphology as an evolutionary machine" to develop a new application of bio-mimicry that relies on functional biological processes instead of just biological forms.

Shauni Lin [M.Arch] questions “insect morphology as an evolutionary machine” to develop a new application of bio-mimicry that relies on functional biological processes instead of just biological forms. photo credit: Rob Sugar

Two more midterm reviews divide up the time between now and the final reviews at the Woods-Gerry Gallery on May 22-25.
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Thesis Update: Second Spring Review

By Erin Graham | Apr 18, 2016

The second round of thesis reviews spanned March 22nd and 23rd. The week before RISD’s Spring Recess, these reviews also marked the half-way point in the semester. Both graduate and undergraduate students in their final year have been working independently, meeting regularly with an advisor, and pairing up with another thesis group every month for continue reading…

Degree Project Probes Gallery

By Erin Graham | Nov 19, 2014

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, continue reading…

Triennial / Degree Project Review

By Carl Lostritto | Feb 15, 2014

Winter Session Degree Project Review + Exhibit Opening

By Hansy Better | Feb 15, 2014

Every three years the Architecture Department exhibits student work at the Woods-Gerry Gallery. Our 2014 Exhibition showcases the act of architecture through the work of current Degree Project students, who will now spend the Spring 2014 semester completing their research. The work-in-progress review, a regular part of our Winter Session curriculum, coincided with the exhibit continue reading…

Thesis Boards

By Carl Lostritto | Oct 24, 2012

The Thesis Board 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. A written proposal must accompany the board as part of its installation, as well as 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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