Skip to Content

Architecture Student David Arce is one of 3 winners of the Newman Medal for Architectural Acoustics

September 19th, 2013 by rsargent116

David Arce, BS' 13, M.Arch. '15, nominated by Professor of Architecture Jeffrey Staats, is one of three 2013 winners of the Newman Medal for Architectural Acoustics, along with a student from the University of Southern California and another from the University of Kansas. Arce received the award for his acoustical analysis of a religious worship space within a Catholic church located in Providence, Rhode Island. Arce is the tenth Roger Williams student to be recognized in the annual nationwide Newman Medal competition since 1989, all ten mentored by Professor Staats. The students develop a term project from their own previous architectural work, and then after consultations with Staats through required meetings, submit the work to the Newman Student Award review process. Other schools participating included Harvard, Princeton, Washington University, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Maryland, MIT, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Auckland, Cambridge, Florida, RPI, Vassar, Eindhoven and others.

Link to the Newman Student Award fund

SAAHP Emerging Artist, Summer Intensive and Summer Academy Programs for HS students continue

September 19th, 2013 by rsargent116

SAAHP's 2013 Summer offerings included continuing efforts in three initiatives for High School students.

The Emerging Artist Program with Mt. Hope High School, Bristol
Offered for the second consecutive year, 6 students from Mt. Hope High School, Bristol were enrolled in the five-week VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing, taught by RI artist and adjunct faculty Amy Walsh.

Summer Intensive Program
For the third year in a row, the RWU Summer Intensive Program in Architecture and Art was offered, this year with 10 Architecture and Visual Arts Studies students. Students came from the Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD), Philadelphia; Aviation High School in Long Island City, New York; the MET School, Providence; and Central Falls High School, RI among 30+ high school students. Students attend on full academic scholarships supported by the School.

Summer Academy in Architecture

RWU + RISD Student Show at AIA Window on Architecture, Providence June-July 2013

September 19th, 2013 by rsargent116

The 3rd annual RWU + RISD Student Show was held at the AIA Rhode Island Window on Architecture from June 18-July 16, 2013 in conjunction with Providence Gallery Night. This year graduating student work from the two schools' Master of Architecture programs was featured.

Two of Three May 2013 SAAHP graduates heading directly to graduate programs in Fall

September 19th, 2013 by rsargent116

For 2013/14, two thirds of SAAHP graduates in Architecture and Historic Preservation who participated in May 2013 Commencement are enrolling in graduate studies, at universities including the University of Texas-Austin, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, University of British Columbia, and Roger Williams University.

In Architecture, Kathleen Clarke, '13 is destined for the University of Texas at Austin for the Master of Architecture Program, Garrett House '13 to the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis for the Master of Architecture, Nathan Blinn '13 is pursuing his M.S. in Construction Management at the University of Florida; Shannon Pitt, '13, who was a 2013 President's Core Values Medallion Winner following her undergraduate studies in historic preservation, architecture, and Art and Architectural History, is attending the University of British Columbia Master of Architecture program.


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.

Summer 2013 courses feature special course offerings taught by visiting faculty

August 21st, 2013 by dalexander

SAAHP continued its efforts to offer inventive coursework led by visiting faculty in Summer 2013.

Catherine Zipf, Ph.D., formerly of Salve Regina University and now a Visiting Scholar at MIT, taught a course, AAH 430/530 Special Topics: Women in American Architecture in Summer 1 Session from May 22-June 24. Carl Safe, Professor at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, returned for a second year teaching Arch 530 Special Topics: Furniture Design in Summer 1 as well. Sean McPherson, who has taught previously at Wheaton College, Academy of Art San Francisco, and the University of South Florida, taught a course AAH 330/530 Special Topics: Modern Japanese Architecture in the Summer II Session July 1-August 5.