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Jeremy Wells wins Fulbright Award to Brazil, Fall 2015

September 3rd, 2015 by glaramie

Assistant Professor Jeremy Wells will spend the Fall 2015 semester as a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, teaching at the Universidade Federale do Pernambuco in Recife, and working to extend a new model of heritage conservation, where community members and preservation experts work together to preserve the heritage that is important to their community. Wells will also work closely with doctoral students to conduct fieldwork in the local communities, and co-teach a course in modern heritage at the university. Wells work will be published in the journal City & Time.

Thomas A. Fitzgerald Scholarship in Visual Arts Studies reaches endowment level, three Award winners announced

September 3rd, 2015 by glaramie

Through the generosity of the Fitzgerald Family, in 2015 the Thomas A. Fitzgerald Scholarship reached its endowment level, and is now available in perpetuity. The Fitzgerald Scholarship Award is awarded annually to 3 RWU students who display excellence in visual arts studies, and is open to majors and non-majors. 2015 winners are:
• First Place: Bridgit O’Hara
• Honorable Mention: Kerri Spero, Tori Bodozian

2015 SAAHP Graduate Student Award Winners announced at Providence Art Club

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

SAAHP hosted its graduate awards ceremony on May 9, 2015 at the Providence Art Club, sponsored by the SAAHP Graduate Student Association, with a reception and dinner for all graduate students.

2015 Master of Architecture graduate awards went to:
• The AIA Henry Adams Medal, awarded to the top ranking graduate: Peter Romains
• The AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, awarded to the second ranking graduate: Scott Schwartz
• The Alpha Rho Chi Medal, for promise of professional achievement, and service to the School: Alexander Schweitzer
• Master of Architecture Thesis Awards: Peter Romains, Justin Dufresne
• Master of Architecture Thesis Commendations: Pawel Honc, Andrew Kotleski, Jessica Palmer

2015 SAAHP Undergraduate Student Award Winners announced at RWU Student Academic Showcase

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

SAAHP’s 2015 undergraduate student award winners in Architecture, Art and Architectural History, Historic Preservation, and Visual Arts Studies, were announced as part of the Spring 2015 Student Academic Showcase in April.

In Architecture:

  • Freshman Design Award: Molly Zmich. Honorable Mention: Andrea Olmedillo, John Daley
  • Sophomore Design Award: Nathan Lynch. Honorable Mention: Larissa Sattler
  • Senior Architecture Excellence: Kristen Weigel, Scott Reynolds, Andy Cole

In Art and Architectural History:

  • Senior Academic Achievement: Elizabeth Remy

In Historic Preservation:

  • Senior Academic Excellence: Christina Coleman
  • Community Engagement: Christina Coleman

In Visual Arts Studies:

Rick Buist of Bioroof is first speaker in Tremco-RWU-AIA Rhode Island Sustainable Practices Partnership Lecture and Seminar Series

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

Rick Buist, President of Bioroof, Inc., Toronto, delivered the first lecture to be part of the Tremco-RWU-AIA Rhode Island Sustainable Practices Partnership Lecture and Seminar Series, “Vegetated Roofs—Green you can bank on”, in April 2015. Bioroof has designed a system that fulfills goals of biodiversity, storm water retention, reduction of urban heat island, and reduced energy consumption. He has been involved in the design and installation of hundreds of green roof projects throughout North America, establishing standards of performance in areas of storm water and cooling.

Carranza and Lara’s book "Modern Architecture in Latin America" published

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

RWU Professor of Architecture Luis E. Carranza and University of Texas at Austin Associate Professor Fernando Lara have co-authored a landmark book, Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, Utopia, published by the University of Texas Press in 2014. The book is one of the first to provide a comprehensive overview of modern architecture in this area of the world. Carranza and Lara will lecture at RWU on the subject as part of the Fall 2015 SAAHP Public Events Series, and their exhibition of the same name will be on view in the gallery from August 26-September 23.

New 2015 Sustainable Practices Partnership established between RWU, Tremco and AIA Rhode Island

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, Roger Williams University and AIA Rhode Island have established a 2015 Sustainable Practices Partnership.  As part of the three-part collaboration, Tremco will sponsor a Fall/Spring Sustainable Practices Lecture and Seminar Series, sponsor sustainability-related speakers at the AIA RI Summer Education Expo. Tremco will also host an RWU Architecture intern to learn about Tremco’s sustainable project development, supported by the SAAHP Career Investment Program. The seminar series, open to University students and faculty, design professionals and the community, will focus on best practices in high performance building envelopes, sustainability and building technologies.

RWU partners with NRF and others on “Keeping History Above Water” Conference addressing heritage, climate change, April 10-13, 2016

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), Salve Regina University, URI Coastal Resources Center, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Union of Concerned Scientists are partnering together on an international, multi-disciplinary conference on saving historic structures and neighborhoods in the face of rising tides. The conference, Keeping History Above Water, will take place in Newport from April 10-13, 2016.

Barcelona Program for RWU Architecture undergrad and grad begins Fall 2015 joining Clemson, Texas A&M, Japanese consortium

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

Beginning in Fall 2015, RWU Architecture students will participate in the Barcelona Architecture Center (BAC) for semester long study abroad at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The BAC currently hosts Texas A&M, Clemson University, and a consortium of Japanese universities including Shibaura Institute, Chiba University, Tama Art University, Toyo University, Tokyo University of Arts, Kyoto University of Art & Design, Hosei University and Tokyo University of Science.

1772 Foundation grants $105,000 to RWU for Historic Real Estate Redevelopment Finance study

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

Newport, RI-based 1772 Foundation has awarded Roger Williams University a $105,000 grant for 2015, seeking to improve the relation between education and practice regarding Historic Real Estate Development Finance. Roger Williams University has created and gathered an interdisciplinary team among historic preservation, architecture, planning, law and business faculty, practitioners and government leaders to analyze how historic real estate development finance is taught in higher education. Initial efforts to date include. The program is led by a team consisting of Nancy Alexander of Ideas for Action, New Haven; Eric Busch, Principal at Rustpoint Advisory, RI; and Stephen White, AIA, Dean of RWU’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.