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Arnold RobinsonArnold Robinson, AICP, is the Director of the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University. Arnold holds his MA in Preservation Planning from Boston University, and BA in American Studies from Bates College.

In his 25 years of practice in preservation and design he has served as the preservation and urban planner with New Bedford, MA, executive director of the Providence Preservation Society and project designer and urban planner with Newport Collaborative Architects. In addition to managing the CPC, Arnold teaches in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at RWU, with a focus on preservation planning, historic rehabilitation methods, community facilitation and economic feasibility analysis.


Dana Brown is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with the CPC. His academic pursuits led him to the English and Creating Writing Programs at CCRI and RIC. After graduating, he wrote for The 411 Newspaper, a Rhode Island local periodical focused on bolstering small businesses. In moments of leisure, Dana reads, writes, runs, rides his bike, hikes and listens to the cacophonic harmony of the world, letting his senses absorb experiences and his thoughts express them in words. He lives in post-industrial Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 


2014-2015 Student Staff

Kyle Baron is a 5th year currently enrolled in the M. Arch program. Kyle studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the spring of 2013. His passions outside of architecture include photography and world travel. Kyle is a very active person who enjoys all types of sports and is an avid New York Giants fan. Kyle hopes to become a successful principal architect in the future and pursues his dream every day. 




Hanna Bate is in her first year at Roger Williams University.  A native of Hudson, New Hampshire, Hanna attended Alvirne High School. Hanna is majoring in architecture and really enjoys drawing. Hanna is eager to learn a lot in college and make life long friends. She loves dogs, and has three dogs back home. Her favorite color is green and she has a love for chocolate fudge ice cream. Outside of school she likes bike riding, rock climbing, and ice skating, but she is most passionate about swimming. 




Julie Braid is a graduate student in the Historic Preservation Masters program. She graduated from RWU for her undergraduate degree in historic preservation with an art and architectural history minor. She originally from Wilmington, MA. Along with working for CPC this year, she also currently works with the Providence Preservation Society photographing and researching historic buildings for their historic property marker system. 




Emily Crafts is a sophomore in the Gabelli School of Business as a Marketing and Finance double major and currently resides in Wilbraham, MA. She is a lifelong softball player and enjoys spending time in the fitness center, going for hikes, or watching movies. Emily likes to volunteer her time at non profit organizations. Currently she volunteers her time at East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop. Family is the most important thing to her. She loves nothing more than spending time on the water or at the beach. 



 Courtney Danforth is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Global Communications and Creative Writing. Courtney is from Narragansett, Rhode Island. When not studying and focusing on school, she enjoys reading, writing, and singing. After graduation, Courtney hopes to work in the literary publishing business or something having to do with travel-writing. 




Andres Daza is a 5th year student currently in the M.Arch program with a minor in Art and Architectural History. Previously a member of the RWU Men’s soccer team during the four years of his undergraduate studies, Andres remains a very active person but also loves to stay in and watch a good movie or read a good book. Andres is from Farmington, CT and hopes to pursue a professional career in a firm near home, for the near future. With a love of travel and experiencing new places, Andres hopes that architecture and his involvement with a firm can help him continue this discovery.




Matthew Eckel

Matthew Eckel is a second year graduate student in the Architecture B.S./M.S. dual degree program. He is also has a minor in psychology. He is from Somers, NY and has lived there all his life. Besides everything to do with architecture, Matt is avid in sports, especially basketball, golf, bowling and ultimate Frisbee. He also enjoys video games, watching movies/TV, and drawing. After completing his education at RWU, he plans to achieve his architecture license while working in a well-known architecture firm. Ultimately he would love to own his own firm concentrated in sustainable commercial and residential design.




Kate Farinha is a junior at Roger Williams University. She is working towards receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design Communication while pursuing a secondary major in Global Communication. Her passions reside in activities that benefit the greater good and promote social justice. She is also a coordinator for the Feinstein Center's Community Connections program.





Sydney Gamache is a graduate student in the Architecture B.S./M.S dual degree program. She is also pursuing a minor in Sustainability. She is from Goffstwon, NH and has lived there all her life. As well as an interest in architecture, she is passionate about art, and spends her free time drawing. After completing her education at RWU, she plans to obtain her architecture license and begin working at an architecture firm, in the hopes of one day owning her own practice. 





Lindsay Guastafeste  is a junior in the Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture dual degree program. She is focusing on architecture and pursuing an interest in the Italian language. She is from Syosset, New York and has lived in Long Island her entire life. Prior to Roger Williams University, Lindsay had taken architectural design and environmental science courses that developed her passion for sustainable design. Through her time at RWU, she expects to minor in Sustainability and travel often to gain a more global perspective. She has spent an alternate spring break in Munich, Germany with Doctor Hollingsworth studying the German language and culture. She has also spent ten days in southern Italy. Lindsay plans to focus her architectural career on finding affordable solutions to sustainable design.


Ellen Hassett is a fifth year architecture student in the B.S./Master degree program; with a minor in Sustainability Studies and a core concentration in Art and Architectural history.  She is from Falmouth Maine, and has grown up spending ample time on the coast of Maine and the mountains.  In addition to architecture, Ellen enjoys spending time skiing, surfing, traveling, running, and creating art.  She spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy studying architecture and documenting her travels through photography.  Ellen plans to pursue her career working for an architecture firm with an emphasis in sustainable design.




Marissa Klein is a sophomore from Pelham, New York majoring in Marine Biology and plans to minor in Business. She started off doing photography as a hobby in 9th grade and it bloomed into much more than that. Marissa enjoys going to concerts, going to the fitness center, and afternoon naps.






Audrey Lupachino is a second year Bachelor of Science of Architecture student from Ramsey, New Jersey and this will be her first year with CPC. Along with her major, she enjoys traveling and learning new things about new places. She is also involved in the Roger Williams University chapter of the organization American Institute of Architecture Students. She plans to work for a residential firm and plans on accomplishing her lifetime goal of designing and building her own house. Aside from schoolwork, she likes the outdoors, arts and crafts, and exercising. She values her time spent with family, her two dogs, and friends. She also has a special interest for the continent of Africa and her favorite animal is an elephant. 


Maddie Medkeff is a sophomore in the Gabelli School of Business pursuing a Marketing degree. She is a lifelong resident of Hudson, Ohio. Community service, church, playing basketball and a strong network of friends from many different places are very important to her. Maddie is also an avid knitter, loves animals, and to plan fun events. She plans on earning her MBA when she completes her undergraduate work.  Maddie would like to work in a management role at a large company and has also considered starting her own business someday.  




Leah Markham is a Fourth year Graphic Design major from Groton, MA. She is also a Marketing and Photography/Digital Media double minor. She has interned with PUMA, North America as well as the Providence Bruins. Leah has a passion for photography, loves snowboarding, and spends her free time enjoying her friends and family's company. 





Edward Napierkowski III is a 6th year Architecture student, scheduled to receive his M.Arch degree in May 2014. Originally from a suburb of New York City, Edward was introduced to Architecture at a very early age and came to Rhode Island in 2008 to begin pursuing his academic and career goals in the field. In addition to an extended-residency in Europe in late-2011, Edward has previously worked for the Connecticut-based architectural firm of Faesy-Smith Architects, and is currently employed at the Community Partnerships Center as a second-year Project Manager.




Dan Newhall is a junior studying Architecture and Construction management from Lakeville MA. Dan plays for the RWU Rugby team and works in the Architecture Library. He loves to draw, learn about history and make models for projects. He also enjoys doing any kind of outdoor sports or activities. When Dan finishes his undergraduate degree, he's hoping to go to graduate school and then join an architecture firm for residential construction.





Pedro Ortiz is a junior in the Architecture B.S. /M.S. dual degree program, concentrating in Sustainability and minoring in Art History. I am a transfer student and previously studied at UMass Dartmouth. Originally from Puerto Rico, Pedro lived in New Bedford, Mass. where he studied Architectural Drafting and CAD during high school. During his senior year, he became more aware about sustainable design when he was given a project that called for a sustainable solution. Pedro believes that by studying architecture and sustainability he will be able to find sustainable solutions in architecture and create sustainable designs that don’t just help the individual but the community and society as a whole.



Jessica Palmer is a second year graduate student in the Architecture B.S./M.Arch dual degree program, with a minor in Structural Engineering, and a concentration in Digital Media and Photography. Jessica grew up in Chatham, NJ, and in addition to architecture, she enjoys spending time with family and friends at the Jersey Shore. She spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy studying architecture and photography and hopes to return for a visit after graduation! Jessica is currently pursuing her LEED Green Associate certification, and will continue on the road to licensure after graduation in May 2015.



Charlie Schaefer is a sophomore in the Business Management B.S. program and Marketing major.  Charlie lives in Wilton, CT, a mid sized town part of Fairfield County, located in the southwestern part of the state.  He is a member of the hockey team at Roger Williams and plans on taking his enthusiasm and interest in athletics along with his business knowledge into the sports marketing world upon graduating from RWU in 2017.  Aside from hockey, his other interest include; playing golf, watching football and hockey, doing freelance work for graphic design, and hanging out with his friends.  Charlie’s future goal is to one day run his own graphic design company based around doing work for collegiate and professional sports teams.


Amy Slatkavitz is a freshman studying journalism and political sicence and working towards a double major in these areas. Amy is from Suffield, CT and has a passion for reading, except for Plato. After college, Amy hopes to work in the public relations industry and eventually become a press secretary.




Jacob Wheeler

Jacob Wheeler is a graduate student in the Architecture program. He is from Winslow, Maine and enjoyed growing up in the small, rural town. In addition to enjoying architecture, Jake finds passion in the construction of buildings and is pursuing a minor in Construction Management and a core concentration in Art and Architecture History in order to further his architectural and construction knowledge. Upon earning both a Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture, he is interested in becoming part of a successful architecture firm in New England. He hopes to one day return to Maine and pursue a long career in the architecture industry.