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AIAS Leaders at National Conference

August 23rd, 2013 by glaramie

Newly elected officers of the AIAS/RWU chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students – Jess Gross, Alyssa Danielewicz, Megan Roscoe, Amanda Rapson, Clayton Daher and Christian Johnson – attended the National AIAS Grassroots conference in Washington, D.C.   In addition to a private tour of the capitol building by the Capitol Architect, visit to the National Building Museum, the Mall and AIA Headquarters, the students kept busy with all day sessions on leadership, finance & fundraising, Freedom by Design and networking with 300 other architecture students from around the country.

AIAS/RWU is the 4th largest AIAS school group in the US.

Bryan Apito, M.Arch. ’13, a finalist for prestigious 2013 SOM Prize

August 21st, 2013 by dalexander

Bryan Apito, M.Arch. ’13, has been chosen as one of 8 finalists out of more than 100 applicants for the 2013 SOM Prize. The SOM Foundation awards $50,000 annually for 1st place, and $20,000 for second place. The SOM Prize is a $50,000 research and travel fellowship that enables one outstanding applicant the opportunity to travel in connection with carrying out in-depth research on a subject of their choosing; to meet with other professionals in the field; and to pursue study outside the realm of established pattern.

Apito currently works at Paul Lukez Architects, Somerville, MA, the 2009 Teaching Firm in Residence at RWU. Apito received his BS and Master of Architecture degrees at Roger Williams, and won AIA Rhode Island and Kaestle Boos Scholarship recognitions while a student here.

McMillan’s “Coal Bin Project” to be launched August 16 at WaterFire Arts Center, Providence

August 21st, 2013 by dalexander

Associate Professor of Art Murray McMillan and his wife Megan McMillan’s nine “coal boulders” will be loaded in a processional at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, from 8-10pm on August 16, to launch their latest work “The Coal Bin Project.” This one-night performance will be a celebratory processional where musicians, artists and friends will gather to march the McMillans' sculptures through the WaterFire space to be loaded into waiting trucks, which will then be driven to North Adams, MA where they will be installed for a video shoot in an unused coal bin in the Boiler Plant building at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

EDRA44 Conference hosted in Providence May 29-June 1, led by Professors Pavlides, Wells

August 21st, 2013 by dalexander

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 44 Conference, “Healthy and Healing Places” was held in Providence, RI, May 29-June 1, 2013, co-sponsored by Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island Department of Health. The national conference was attended by more than 500 participants, and co-chaired by Eleftherios Pavlides, Professor of Architecture, and Jeremy Wells, Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation. Hosting this conference was a major undertaking for Pavlides and Wells, who were able to attract the conference here through Pavlides long leadership nationally in this organization, and consistent faculty-student research presentations by RWU over 10+ years. Co-hosting the event with the RI Department of Health was another important feature showcasing our engagement with government, and providing relevant scholarship to a statewide audience on one hand, and a national one as well.

2013 RWU Foundation to Promote Scholarship and Teaching recognizes Fenske, Adams, Carranza, Tait, Duffy, and McMillan

August 21st, 2013 by dalexander

RWU’s Foundation to Promote Scholarship and Teaching has awarded six School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation faculty course releases or grants in support of their scholarly and creative work. Gail Fenske, Professor of Architecture, received a Fall 2013 course release for her project “Regionalism in the 1930’s”. Edgar Adams, Professor of Architecture, received grant support for his project “Finding Common Ground II: Affordable Housing in Rural Rhode Island”. Luis Carranza, Professor of Architecture, received grant support for his forthcoming book Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Utopia and Technology. Anne Tait, Associate Professor of Art and University Core Professor, received grant support for her project “Monumental Studies, Design and Embroidery Techniques.” Elizabeth Duffy, Associate Professor of Art and University Core Professor, received support for upcoming exhibitions of her artwork.