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Yui Chosen as Finalist in 2016 ABX EXPO Competition

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

Leonard Yui, Assistant Professor of Architecture, and Sahoko Yui were chosen as 1st phase finalists in the WHAT’S IN “The Quad: A Design Competition to Create Social Space completion as part of the ABX (Architecture Boston Expo) in November.  The "Quad" Competition is an international call for a social space installation. Proposals should envision a meaningful and impactful installation occupying a 20'x70' area that enriches the experience of social interactions. Proposal should employ thoughtful and innovative exhibition and fabrication methods without sacrificing cost and feasibility of construction. 1st Phase Finalists were announced on June 16, with 2nd Phase submission due on August 17. A final winner will be selected September 7, with installation at ABX 2016 in Boston over November 15-17. 

New Adjunct Faculty

October 17th, 2016 by mroscoe921

The School welcomes several new practitioner/artist adjunct faculty for Fall 2016 in Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Visual Arts Studies.
Arch 113 Arch Design Core Studio I: Ramzi Naja, B.Arch. Lebanese American University, M.Arch. Harvard. Naja joins the first year design faculty group. Naja has been a Research Assistant at Harvard’s Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab, and the Zofnass Program in Sustainable Infrastructure.
Arch 213 Arch Design Core Studio II: Greg Williams of joins the 2nd year design faculty group. Williams’ firm Williams Ozcelik Architects has works underway in the US and Turkey, and he practiced previously with OMA London/Rotterdam, SOM Chicago and San Francisco, Emergent Architecture in Vienna, and David Riebe Architecture New York. He was educated at RPI and the Architectural Association, London.

SAAHP Career Investment Program tops $1 million in support for student interns

August 9th, 2016 by glaramie

More than $1 million in funding for student internships has been provided since 2012/13 through SAAHP’s Career Investment Program, supporting students working in more than 100 firms and organizations in the US. This includes:

$1,072,887  in discipline-based support for SAAHP undergraduate and graduate student internships and assistantships in 472 placements

$454,401 is Federal Workstudy support for SAAHP undergraduates in 253 placements.  This is US Government funding being channeled into the economy through RWU, investing in young people gaining initial experiences in the workforce

$618,486 is Roger Williams University support for SAAHP graduate students in 219 placements.

McMillans at yearlong MASS MoCA exhibition “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder”

July 20th, 2016 by Anonymous

The title of MASS MOCA’s exhibition from May 2016-April 2017, “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder”, co-curated by Denise Markonish and Sean Foley, is inspired by novelist Ray Bradbury’s idea “…you remain invested in your inner child by exploding every day. You don’t worry about the future, you don’t worry about the past—you just explode.” The exhibition includes new and existing works by 23 international artists, including RWU’s Murray McMillan, Associate Professor of Art, and his wife Megan, who teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Their work, “In What Distant Sky” is featured on MASS MoCA’s website.

RWU hosts NTHP/NDC Historic Real Estate Finance Training Seminar

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Roger Williams University hosted a weeklong National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) / National Development Council (NDC) Historic Real Estate Finance Training Seminar from June 6-10 at the Providence Campus, sponsored by the 1772 Foundation. The seminars offer unique training opportunities for preservation professionals, advocates and those working on historic real estate projects. The high-level, fast-pace intensive workshops look at the real estate development process, and are based on the National Development Council’s highly regarded real estate finance modules, which have been specifically tailored to address historic preservation projects. The seminar was attended by 20 participants, and led by Corey Leon, NDC Field Director.

Austin Scott wins top student award, 2nd place overall, in International Obama Presidential Center Competition

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

In an international competition for the Obama Presidential Library co-sponsored by Archbazar, Built Works, Cannon Design, AIA Chicago, Dwell on Design, Green Apple Campus, Autodeks and Forum 8, RWU M.Arch. student Austin Scott has placed 2nd overall out of more than 425 entries, and was top student in the competition. The competition is a unique, non-binding competition that parallels the ongoing real contest for the Obama Presidential Library recently awarded to Todd Williams Billie Tsien, New York. The project was completed as part of RWU’s Arch 513 Comprehensive Project Design Studio, taught by Assistant Professor Nathan Fash in Spring 2016. Scott’s recognition includes a $2100 award.

Tremco sponsors AIA RI Education Expo on Sustainable Preservation

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

AIA Rhode Island and RWU’s collaboration with Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance on the AIA Rhode Island Education Expo continued for a 2nd consecutive year, held in a daylong program at RWU’s Richard L. Bready Sailing Center and the DF Pray Lecture Theater at the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.  The conference theme, “Built to Last: the Crossroads Between Sustainability and Historic Preservation” explored the world of sustainable preservation. Highlights included

Brazil students achieve US internships in the Art and Architecture

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Three Architecture students who attended RWU in 2015/16 as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) are completing paid internships in the US this summer, through SAAHP’s Career Investment Program. Marian Rosa Van Bodegraven is working with artists Megan and Murray McMillan in Pawtucket. Megan McMillan is an art faculty member at the School of the MFA in Boston, Murray McMillan is Associate Professor of Art at Roger Williams. Lucas da Silva Buriche Coutinho is working for ZDS Architects, Providence, led by RWU alum Eric Zuena, BArch ‘00.

Taylor Messier named Academic All-American

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Taylor Messier, BS’16, has been named an Academic All American for her academic and athletic achievements in Architecture and softball. Messier will attend RWU’s Master of Architecture program beginning Fall 2016.

RWU AIAS Chapter featured at AIAS Grassroots National Conference

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

RWU’s American Institute of Architecture Students chapter (RWU AIAS) Freedom by Design Project “Garden of Hope” was featured in a short documentary film at the annual Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.  The film was produced to inaugurate the partnership between AIAS National and the National Council of Architectural Accrediting Boards (NCARB) to support the Freedom by Design service component of the AIAS. 

The project had previously been recognized with an award for best project in the country (over $10,000), and was designed and constructed by RWU architecture students at the Bristol Community Center.  The garden was supported by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and built in memory of Laurie Cordero, who conceived the garden as a place of reflection and meditation for those affected with breast cancer. The garden was dedicated on what would have been Ms. Cordeiro’s 53rd birthday.