Professor Pavlides teaches architecture studios as well a Social Aspects of Architecture a course that requires students to conduct field work on people's experience of buildings and landscapes.
Over the last eight years professor Pavlides students' have collected information on wind turbines and their work led to funded research that proved that wind turbines are very popular in Rhode Island a fact that was confirmed with subsequent referenda in Bristol and Portsmouth. Over one hundred students have contributed to the development of the WINDPOWERRI presentation that can be downloaded here. This information was made available to the Rhode Island Economic Development Committee in October 2005 and presented on November 30 2005 at the join RI Senate and Legislature Energy Summit and helped set Rhode Island's goal to generate 15% of Rhode Island's electricity from wind in the near future. Professor Pavlides has received commendations from both the Legislature and the Governor of Rhode Island for this work.
More recently professor Pavlides has been working to have his student's field work create useful information for architectural practice.
While it is common for architecture alumni to invite architecture students to work as interns where architecture students can further their education by learning from practicing architects it is less common to invite architecture students so that practicing architects can learn from the students.
Yet this role reversal took place on November 24, 2008 when five Roger Williams architecture students were invited by Rebecca McWilliams (RWU 2004) who asked them to present their semester long field work and review of the social science literature for the benefit of eight of her colleagues at one of Boston's award winning architectural firm Symmes Maini & McKee Associates. The architects appreciated the work presented to them by RWU architecture students and wished other architecture schools had programs like this to generate social information useful for architectural design.