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Butler’s Work on First Civil Rights Monument in US featured in Washington Post

April 13th, 2017 by grhodes

The scholarly work of Sara Butler, Professor of Art and Architectural History, on a 1942 portrait “An Incident in Contemporary American Life” by Mitchell Jamieson was featured in a March 31, 2017 Washington Post article by Desmond Herzfelder. The article, “The Nation’s First Civil Rights Monument Turns 75”, identifies the work’s importance and story of its making, as well as the circumstances regarding the event’s depicted.

Saturday Morning Sessions

April 13th, 2017 by grhodes

SAAHP has commenced the Saturday Morning Sessions program of small seminar format workshops for graduate students led by practitioners, with two Spring sessions:

April 1  “Do you need help writing about architecture? with David Sokol

April 22 “Portfolios and Design Communications Skills”, with Chris Grimley

Bonder at Symbolic Reparations Conference

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

Julian Bonder, Professor of Architecture, participated in the Symbolic Reparations Conference at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University and Boston University, March 31-April 2, 2017. The conference addressed the role of the arts broadly defined in symbolic reparations, to ensure the preservation of historical memory, restoration of victims’ dignity, and the non-recurrence of violence. Other participants included:

Piermarini, Studio Luz complete Acorns House at Wellesley

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

Studio Luz Architects, Boston, led by RWU Assistant Professor Anthony Piermarini and partner Hansy Better, Professor at Rhode Island School of Design, have completed a renovation of Wellesley College’s Acorns House, the result of a student initiative. Acorns House is the new home for Asian, Latina and LGBTQ Advising within the Office of Intercultural Education. 

AIAS grant to RWU Freedom By Design

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) national office has awarded a $3000 Freedom by Design materials grant to RWU’s AIAS student chapter, to assist our students’ design and construction of an outdoor classroom and Children’s Arboretum at the Pell Elementary School in Newport, RI. This support is part of an AIAS Board of Directors initiative to support Freedom By Design initiatives focused on working with elementary schools, which this year provides support to RWU, and the universities of Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina-Charlotte, and Texas-Arlington. This AIAS support supplements the $5000 gift to the RWU project from New England Home Magazine received in November 2016.  Construction will be completed in May 2017.

designLAB is Spring 2017 Teaching Firm

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

designLAB, Boston led by Robert Miklos, FAIA, returns as a Spring 2017 Teaching Firm in Residence. designLAB won a Fall 2016 Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Merit Award for the Seton Hill Arts Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 

Gray Organschi Architecture New Haven is Spring 2017 Teaching Firm

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven returns as a Spring 2017 Teaching Firm in Residence, led by Lisa Gray, FAIA and Alan Organschi. Gray Organschi has received national attention for 3 recent projects. The Common Ground Environmental Charter School in New Haven was published in Architectural Record’s January 2017 “Schools for the 21st Century” issue. Common Ground is the US’s longest running environmental charter school. Another of the firm's designs was featured in the online article "Great Escapes: The world's most beautiful contemporary cottages" in the internationally distributed CNN Style.

Spring Architecture, HP courses in Santo Domingo

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

Collaborative coursework in Architecture and Historic Preservation is taking place in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in Spring 2017. Arch 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio taught by Assistant Professor Nathan Fash, and Arch 430/530 Materials and Methods of Historic Construction taught by Assistant Professor Jeremy Wells are involved in a semester-long study of several sites in the city including those from the 16th-19th centuries, involving rehabilitation and new construction. The group travelled to Santo Domingo for a site visit in March over RWU’s Spring Break.

Goody Clancy firm, people and clients wins numerous national awards

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence Goody Clancy recently received several recognitions. The Conrad B. Duberstein Courthouse in Brooklyn, NY received The US General Services Administration (GSA) 2016 Design Award for the firm's extensive architectural preservation work on the building’s terracotta and granite facades.
Jean Carroon, FAIA, Principal, received the 2016 Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award of Excellence. Carroon is a pioneer in sustainable design and preservation, and will deliver the Tremco Sustainable Practices Partnership Lecture at RWU on April 5, 2017.
Goody Clancy clients Louisville, KY and Shreveport, LA were awarded two of ten national grants amounting to $1 million each in US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to jumpstart community and economic development grants in distressed neighborhoods. Goody Clancy is developing a Transformation Plan for each location.

1772 Foundation supports RWU courses, national collaboration

April 5th, 2017 by mroscoe921

RWU’s on-going work advancing the quality of Historic Real Estate Finance education and practice through support from the 1772 Foundations continues in Spring 2017. 1772 support is providing for a consultant team teaching in HP 525 Preservation Economics. Support is also being utilized to convene national leaders in historic preservation, architecture, planning, business, law and real estate at RWU in April 2017, to develop a plan to improving the quality and reach of education and practice in these fields, particularly in the context of urban revitalization. This effort is being led by Dean Stephen White, Assistant Professor Jeremy Wells, and Maia Farish from the Office of the President.