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VARTS Student Work, New RWU Clay Studio Debut at Bristol-Warren Art Night September 29

RWU’s Art Studios and student work at the Byfield and Reynolds Buildings at 220 and 235 High Street, Bristol will be featured in the Bristol-Warren Art Night September 29 from 530-8PM. Visual Arts Studies majors and ceramics students will exhibit their work as well as host an open house of the senior students. Students in RWU’s multidisciplinary program work in a broad and diverse range of media, which has been enhanced by the creation of a new Clay Studio at the Reynolds Building. The Clay Studio has been established with 16 wheels and hand building area for...

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McMillans at OYG in Brooklyn

“The Shifting Space Around Us”, a work of Megan McMillan and Murray McMillan, RWU Associate Professor of Art, was featured at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn August 27-September 25, with a reception on September 10. Ortega y Gasset Projects (OyG) is an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space at the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn. The McMillan’s work is a two-channel video installation in a mythic scene set in a locomotive roundhouse, which includes original sculptures by the artists. The work was originally featured at Toronto...

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Olga Mesa Joins SAAHP

Olga Mesa joins SAAHP as Assistant Professor of Architecture, after extensive recent teaching at RISD, MIT, Harvard, the Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial (UTE) in Ecuador and Northeastern University, and as a Research Associate at Harvard’s Material and Performance Systems Group. Mesa will be teaching an Arch 515 Graduate Design Studio and Arch 287 Computer Applications in Architecture in Fall 2016.  Mesa has worked for Gensler in Boston, 3SIX0 and Friedrich St. Florian in Providence, Lorcan O‘Herlihy and Gensler in Los Angeles. She received her MS in...

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Goody Clancy, Boston Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence

Goody Clancy, Architecture Preservation Planning from Boston is a Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence. The firm has won more than 150 design awards, including 6 AIA national awards, in work that “connects people in ways that incite creativity and collaboration, and builds social, economic and environmental value, striving to impact society, elevate aspirations, create with purpose, and generate renewal.
Goody Clancy’s studio will focus on the nature of problem solving and collaboration, and what types of environments support discovery, development and...

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Ginette Wessel Joins SAAHP

Ginette Wessel, Ph.D., joins SAAHP as Assistant Professor of Architecture, and will be teaching coursework in Site+ Environment, Urban and Regional Planning in Fall 2016. Wessel received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, following achieving her M.Arch. and MS in Geography with a Concentration in Community Planning from UNC Charlotte (where she won thesis awards in each discipline), and BS from Southern Illinois. Wessel has taught at UC Berkeley including as the Director of the (IN)CITY Summer Institute in Planning and at San Jose State University. Her...

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Joeb Moore Partners, Greenwich Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence

Joeb Moore Partners Architects (JMPA) in Greenwich, CT is a Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence. The firm’s work has received more than 50 national, regional and state awards through creating precise and creative buildings, landscapes and environments that explore the interface between the social and physical, convention and invention, and sensitive responses to nature and the ecologies of place.
JMPA’s studio will focus on “Food Networks + Community-Based Design”, at a site in Stonington, CT, and investigate issues and questions centered...

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2016 SAAHP Endowed Award and Scholarship Winners Announced

Supported through the generosity of numerous donors, 2016 SAAHP Endowed Award and Scholarship winners are announced:

Thomas A. Fitzgerald Awards in Visual Arts Studies
First Place: Samara Hanon, $500
Honorable Mention: Emily Adler $250, Kayla Catanzaro $250
Thomas A. Fitzgerald Awards are supported by the Fitzgerald Family, are given annually to three students who display excellence in Visual Arts Studies, and is open to majors and non-majors.

2016 Kaestle Boos Associates Scholarship in Architecture
Austin Scott $1600
The Kaestle Boos Associates Scholarship is supported by Charles Boos, AIA, principal at Kaestle Boos Architects, New Britain, CT and Foxboro, MA, and given annually to a...

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Andy Cole, Tremco Sustainable Practices Prize Winner Announced

Andy Cole, is the 2016 winner of the 2016 Tremco Sustainable Practices Prize. This $1,000 award is given to a Master of Architecture student whose work is distinguished through a demonstrated devotion to technical excellence, innovation and sustainability. 

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2016 RWU AIA Rhode Island Scholarship Winners

Two RWU Architecture students have won 2016 AIA Rhode Island Scholarship:
Joel Rosa, BS in Architecture fourth year student
Mariam Yaqub, Master of Architecture 6th year student
Rosa is a fourth year BS in Architecture student, Yaqub is a second year Master of Architecture student. Each scholarship provides $1500.

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RWU Hosts AIA Rhode Island at New Providence location

The American Institute of Architects Rhode Island chapter has moved its headquarters to Roger Williams University’s new Providence location at One Empire Plaza, from its prior location at RWU’s former facility at 150 Washington Street, Providence. AIA Rhode Island has been located at RWU’s Providence locations since 2007, when the AIA RI Window on Architecture became one of only three AIA Chapter headquarters nationally to be established at an educational institution, and the only one in an urban location. AIAri’s new space on the ground floor and...

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New Graduate Students

SAAHP welcomes 45 new graduate students for Fall 2016. Master of Architecture students enter from Roger Williams University, and from University of Rhode Island, Long Island University, UMASS Amherst, University of Edinburgh, Clemson and Kent State universities.
MS in Historic Preservation student enter from Roger Williams University and from Connecticut College, College of Charleston, William Smith College, Iowa State and James Madison universities.

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Dermody at 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture

Associate Professor Robert Dermody chaired a paper session “Educating Architects and Structural Engineers”, and presented a paper “A Survey of Structures Education in North American Schools of Architecture”, at the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture “Beyond the Limits in Guimaraes, Portugal in July 2016. the paper was co-authored with UNLV faculty member Deborah Oakley.

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Yui Chosen as Finalist in 2016 ABX EXPO Competition

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...

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New Adjunct Faculty

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...

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

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...

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