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MASS Design, Boston / Kigali / Port-Au-Prince is a Spring 2015 Teaching Firm in Residence

February 19th, 2015 by bshapiro459

MASS Design Group is a Spring Teaching Firm, led by co-founders CEO Michael Murphy, COO Alan Ricks, and Director David Saladik. MASS Design Group began in 2008 during the design of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda, a project of Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Since then, MASS has expanded to work on three continents with projects spanning the design of buildings, research, policy, education and strategic planning. Their work seeks to provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being.

MASS has been awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize, Zomtobel Prize, Architecture League Emerging Voices Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, Contract Magazine “Designer of the Year”, and received the World Architecture News Burro Happold Award, among others. MASS has been a finalist for the TED Prize and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and semi-finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven is a Spring 2015 Teaching Firm in Residence

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven returns as a Teaching Firm in Spring 2015, led by Lisa Gray, FAIA and Alan Organschi, with Parker Lee and other members of the firm. Gray Organschi’s work: “explores the intersection of design and building production. We recognize building as a medium through which architectural ideas are most forcefully explored and unforgivingly expressed; as an undertaking that consumes physical and environmental resources as it irrevocably alters the character and culture of a place. We seek to take the greatest possible advantage of those resources that we claim in the process of design and construction. The work in our studio and fabrication facility is fed by research and analysis of the sites we engage, the programs we shape, and the materials and methods we implement.

McGill University’s Vikram Bhatt joins SAAHP for Spring 2015

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Vikram Bhatt, Professor of Architecture and Director of the Minimum Cost Housing Group at McGill University, Montreal joins the school as a Visiting Professor for Spring 2015, where he will be teaching Arch 530 Special Topics: Design for Development for graduate Architecture and Historic Preservation students.  Bhatt is currently working on the question of food security and urban sustainability in North America and abroad, particularly in informal housing in developing countries, and more recently in Canada and the US.

Vikram Bhatt wins $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Vikram Bhatt, Spring 2015 Visiting Professor at Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, has won the Margolese National Design for Living Prize, a $50,000 award given annually to a Canadian who has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians of all economic classes. Bhatt was subsequently featured in the Vancouver Sun.

Link to Margolese Prize Website

Link to Vancouver Sun Article

Byfield School, Bristol becomes home for Visual Arts Studies Studios

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

RWU is supporting the development of greater community arts engagement for Visual Arts Studies students and faculty by acquiring studio spaces at the former Byfield School in Bristol, beginning for the Spring 2015 semester. Spaces for the Visual Arts Senior Studio, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arts and Advanced Drawing have been established to provide senior and advance students space in close proximity to engage with other practicing artists and the community. The building houses numerous artist’s studios along with the new RWU art studios and is located on High Street along the Bristol Common, a short walk to Bristol galleries, shops and restaurants. 


Sattler participates in SOM Women’s Initiative Winter Internship Program

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

2nd year Architecture student Larissa Sattler (second from right) was one of six students to participate in the SOM Women’s Initiative (SOMWI) Winter Internship Program in New York this January 6-9, 2015, for outstanding female students in architecture, engineering or related fields. The program offers critical office exposure and mentorship to women who plan to pursue a career in the design profession, and gives students the opportunity to spend several days in an SOM office shadowing professionals in a variety of disciplines.

2015 ESRI Map Book to include “Finding Common Ground” by Adams and student collaborators

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

A research study, “Finding Common Ground: Measuring Smart Growth Performance and Potential in Rhode Island,” by Professor of Architecture Edgar Adams and graduate student collaborators Brian Boisvert, Fenton Bradley and Brad Shapiro,  has been selected for publication in the ESRI Map Book, Volume 30, which will be distributed at the 2015 ESRI (ArchGIS) User Conference. The Map Book is a key part of the ESRI conference, and has a wide distribution.  “Finding Common Ground” was presented by Adams and the group in a paper session and exhibition at the 2014 ESRI Annual Conference in San Diego, and published in the 2014 ESRI Conference Proceedings. The effort was supported by the Roger Williams University Foundation to Promote Scholarship and Teaching, and worked in partnership with Housing Works RI, the Housing Network, GrowSmart Rhode Island, and the Office of Statewide Planning.

Kura’s work shown in Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Professor of Art and Architectural History Nermin Kura’s ceramic work was displayed as part of the Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair November 13-16, 2014, as one of the artists represented by Galeri Apel in Istanbul.




Copur organizes panel, Charles presents at 40th IAHS World Congress on Housing in Portugal

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Ulker Copur, Professor of Architecture, organized a panel discussion, “Professional Education on Sustainable Housing Design” at the International Association of Housing Science’s (IAHS) 40th World Congress on Housing, held December 16-19, 2014 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. The conference focused on Sustainable Housing Construction. Copur’s panel included a paper, “Teaching Sustainable Building Envelope Design in Undergraduate Education, through Design Studio and Companion Courses”, offered by Associate Professor of Architecture Patrick Charles.



Proctor co-organizes Sixteenth Century Society conference session, presents at 50th Anniversary of Syracuse in Florence

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Ann Proctor, Assistant Professor of Art and Architectural History, co-organized a conference session for the Annual Meeting October 16-19, 2014 of the Sixteenth Century Society in New Orleans, entitled, "Artistic Competition, Collaboration and Exchange: Early Modern Academies of Art in Central Italy," sponsored by the Italian Art Society. She presented a paper at the New Perspectives on Renaissance Art Symposium, which was held in connection with the 50th anniversary celebration of Syracuse University’s Florence Program. Papers delivered at the symposium will be published through Brill in 2015.