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IIE, RWU collaborate on Syrian Refugee Scholarships

Roger Williams University has committed to offer four scholarships to refugee students from Syria, two in Architecture and two in Law. The University is joining more than 60 US and international universities working with the Institute for International Education (IIE) providing support for Syrian students completing their degrees in North America and Europe. The School looks forward to welcoming these new students, whose prior academic and professional achievements are outstanding.

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Bonder featured on Argentina Public Television

Julian Bonder, Professor of Architecture, was featured on Television Publica National (TPN) in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 14, 2017, in its international segment: “La construccion de espacios publicos para la memoria” (The Construction of Public Spaces for Memory).
Bonder is regularly involved in conferences and publications on the subject in the US, Europe and South America. He is best known for his design for the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France...
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RISCA Grant to RWU partner Arts in Common

he Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is awarding a $50,000 grant to Arts in Common, a new nonprofit that plans to renovate the long-vacant Walley School into an arts and cultural hub on the historic Town Common. Roger Williams University is a partner in the project and plans to be the anchor tenant in the renovated building, which will provide public gallery space, shared office space for local cultural groups and a home for Arts in Common. RWU plans to use one floor for academic programming and community engagement activities. The goal is to revive a historic, 19th-...

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RWU sponsors AIAS 60th Anniversary Celebration

Roger Williams University hosted the 60th Anniversary celebration at the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) National Forum in Boston on December 28.  Over 700 architecture students from schools all over North America attended the 4-day conference, including around 35 current RWU students and alumni.  The conference is the largest annual gathering of architecture students in the world, and helps to advance leadership, design and service among architecture students.
RWU alumnus Michael Decoulos (’13, M.ARCH ’14), now part of...
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Wells, HP students present to Warren Planning Commission

Fall 2016 students in Assistant Professor Jeremy Wells’ HP 382L/682L Preservation Planning Workshop presented their semester long project, “Main Street Implementation Plan for the Revitalization of Downtown Warren, RI” to the Warren Planning Commission. The course worked on the project in conjunction with RWU’s Community Partnerships Center, the East Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Warren.
 
The plan described in this report is based on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Main Street Approach,” which is intended to capitalize on downtown Warren’s charm and historic character. This report describes the Four-Points and Eight Principles...
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PSNC supports HP Archival Research

The Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC), Newport’s Alyssa Lozupone taught the Fall 2016 course HP 324/524 Archival Research for 12 students, allowing RWU students access to the PSNC’s extensive collections, along with leading their efforts with other archives in Newport. The semester concluded with a special presentation and reception for the students at Rosecliff, one of PSNC’s properties, designed by McKim Mead and White near the turn of the 20th century.

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10th Annual RWU Student Film Festival

 

Associate Professor Murray McMillan and Adjunct Faculty Amy Lovera curated student work for the 10th Annual RWU Student Film Festival on December 8, 2016 featuring digital media and film works.

 

 

 

 

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Student Art Exhibitions in December

RWU’s Visual Arts Studies program hosted a show of student work installed both the Art Building and in RWU’s Global Heritage Hall, and at RWU’s facilities at Byfield and Reynolds Schools on the Bristol Town. Common, curated by Professors Michael Rich and Elizabeth Duffy. Works included painting, drawing, clay, and special installations by senior Intermedia students.

 

 

 

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Zipf published in Radical Teacher

Catherine Zipf’s article, “The Architecture of American Slavery: Teaching the Black Lives Matter Movement to Architects” was published in Radical Teacher, an online journal of the University of Pittsburgh, in Fall 2016. Zipf served in 2015/16 as Visiting Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History. Zipf describes “from its start, I wanted to take the long view of the subject, and to define both ‘architecture’ and ‘slavery’ very broadly. The long view created the opportunity to draw connections between the past and the...

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Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water at SAAHP

RWU hosted special interactive session “Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water” with leaders from the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), Union Studio & Community Design, and Building Conservation Associates (BCA) on Tuesday, November 29 at the SAAHP Gallery. The NRF’s property, the Townsend House at 74 Bridge Street in Newport, was the subject of Union Studio and Building Conservation Associates work, initiated in conjunction with the April 2016 conference, Keeping History Above Water, co-sponsored by NRF and RWU and others. NRF’s Pieter Roos...

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Duffy featured in Wisconsin, New York, Israel

Elizabeth Duffy, Professor of Art, had her work Maximum Security 50 States Project: Wisconsin that included screen-printed papers that include images of prisons in each state in the US, in the exhibition Why Wallpaper at the Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Featured artists include Alpha workshops, Elizabeth Duffy, Ebony G. Patterson, Francesco Simeti, Christine Tarkowski, Brigitte Zieger. Duffy’s work explores the culture of incarceration in the country.
 
Duffy’s work was also included in Soul Searching at DM...
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ABX Alumni Reception sponsored by Tremco

SAAHP’s annual Alumni Reception at ABX (Architecture Boston Expo) on November 18, 2016 was sponsored by Tremco, as part of the Tremco Sustainable Practices Partnership which has completed its 2nd year. More than 100 alumni and guests were present for the reception, where Tremco’s Steven Hughes and Dean Stephen White updated alumni on the achievements of our partnership with Tremco and AIA Rhode Island, which includes Fall and Spring events, sponsorship of the AIA Rhode Island Summer Education Expo held at RWU each year, the Tremco Sustainable Practices Prize for an M.Arch. student, and the Tremco Internship, where an RWU M.Arch. students takes part in a month-long training at Tremco’s Cleveland and Toronto facilities,...

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Yui and Students design and build MNS Outdoor Classroom

Leonard Yui, Assistant Professor of Architecture, and students undertook a collaborative project to design the Marine and Natural Sciences Outdoor Classroom in Fall 2016, working collaboratively with RWU’s Facilities, Sustainability Studies faculty Loren Byrne. Students included Harrison Carney, Adam Clary, Victoria Fagan, Cameron Germond, Yiyu Han, Ally Hess, Michael Jarmon, Rachel Kelly, David Kitchen, Nathan Lynch, Nick Marques, Wyatt Martineau, Linda Penaloza, Nick Pyles, Joshua Seabrook, and Bryan Smith involved in design and construction.

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Butler in Foreign Trends on American Soil

Sara Butler, Professor of Art and Architectural History, published a book chapter, "The Garden Network: George Rogers Hall's Horticultural Activism," in Foreign Trends on American Soil, edited by Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, recently published by the University of Virginia Press. Hall is noted for planting some of the first Japanese trees and shrubs in North America at his home in Bristol in the 19th century.
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2016 NE Home Magazine Scholarship Award to RWU AIAS

New England Home Magazine has awarded its 2016 Scholarship Award to the Roger Williams University. The $5000 award will be used to support the RWU American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Chapter’s current AIAS Freedom By Design project to design and build an Outdoor Classroom and Children’s Arboretum at the Pell School in Newport, RI, in conjunction with the City of Newport and the non-profit Newport Arboretum. The project has completed schematic design, and is creating a living laboratory for sustainability curricular innovation in this K-6 School....

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