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Architecture

Architecture at Roger Williams University is one of our most challenging and rewarding programs. The mission of the program is to provide students with a strong sense of design, a rigorous technical background and the breadth of a liberal arts education. The Architecture program seeks to develop the “whole person” in society through professional training combined with a required core curriculum in the liberal arts. We offer both undergraduate and graduate degree options in this program.

The program also encourages the mastery and skillful integration of the complex set of variables—artistic, technical and philosophical—which underlie the successful design of any constructed environment. Finally, we want our students to understand that their education constitutes a basis for lifelong learning and intellectual growth, and to understand the diverse nature and variety of roles for architects in related fields.

Architecture Program Mission Statement

The Architecture program at RWU has several unique aspects that set it apart from the competition:

  • Our Teaching Firms in Residence program is the only one of its kind in the country. Each semester, a prominent architecture firm gives guest lectures, critiques student presentations and brings expert field experience into the classroom.
  • Unlike other programs, where students share studio space, at RWU all Architecture students have their own individual space—even at our flagship architecture study abroad location in Florence, Italy.
  • In addition, our program leads to the 4+1.5-2 Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture dual degree, or a pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

Applicants must also submit a portfolio to demonstrate previous experience, skills level, and potential for development. For details, please see the Special Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions web page, or contact the SAAHP Office at (401) 254-3681, or saahp@rwu.edu.

Roberto Viola Ochoa
Visiting Assistant Professor

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Miami
Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University

Contact Information
(401) 254-3605
Areas of Expertise: 
Comprehensive Design

Roberto Viola Ochoa

Roberto
Viola Ochoa
Visiting Assistant Professor

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Miami
Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University

Contact Information
(401) 254-3605
Areas of Expertise: 
Comprehensive Design

Roberto began his architectural studies at the San Pablo C.E.U. in Madrid, Spain, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Miami. In 1997, Roberto obtained a Master’s of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Following a short period at HOK in Houston, he returned to Boston in 1999 where he began a professional practice at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, MA. At Sasaki, Roberto had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, both academic and mixed-use residential, nationally and all over the world.

In parallel to his 17 years of practice at Sasaki, Roberto had an active private practice focusing on smaller-scale residential interventions and competition projects. These projects lead to the founding of iVY Design Associates in partnership with Japanes architect, Junko Yamamoto.

Ginette Wessel
Assistant Professor of Architecture
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Ginette Wessel

Ginette
Wessel
Assistant Professor of Architecture
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Olga Mesa
Assistant Professor of Architecture
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Olga Mesa

Olga
Mesa
Assistant Professor of Architecture
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Anthony Piermarini, AIA
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University
Master of Architecture, Harvard University
Registered Architect

Contact Information
(401) 254-3639
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture / Design

Anthony Piermarini

Anthony
Piermarini
AIA
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University
Master of Architecture, Harvard University
Registered Architect

Contact Information
(401) 254-3639
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture / Design

Anthony Piermarini received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture II at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He joined the full-time faculty in 2015 after having taught at the Graduate Level through the Teaching Firm in Residence program at RWU. He is currently serving as the Program Director in Beginning Studies in Architecture, teaches design studio and digital design. His interests lie in the intersection between architecture and social engagement. These interests inform his approach to both teaching and practice.

In 2002, he founded Studio Luz Architects in partnership with Hansy Better Barraza. The firm is as an agile, forward thinking practice that strives to link social responsibility, sustainable construction practices with built material expression. Studio Luz Architects has garnered many awards, including an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, four AIA Design Awards and being named one of Architecture Record’s Design Vanguard firms in 2006. Piermarini is also the recipient of the AIA Young Architects Award among other notable awards.

Nathan Fash
Assistant Professor of Architecture
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(401) 254-5334

Nathan Fash

Nathan
Fash
Assistant Professor of Architecture
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(401) 254-5334
Leonard Yui
Assistant Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3011
School of Architecture 215
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture, Landscape and Ecological Design

Leonard Yui

Leonard
Yui
Assistant Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3011
School of Architecture 215
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture, Landscape and Ecological Design
Stephen White, AIA
Dean and Professor

B.A, M.Arch., M.A. Washington University
Registered Architect

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Contact Information
x3607
AR 211
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Macro Projects

Stephen White

Stephen
White
AIA
Dean and Professor

B.A, M.Arch., M.A. Washington University
Registered Architect

sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/white_cv_2011.pdf
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x3607
AR 211
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Macro Projects
Jeremy C. Wells, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation

Ph.D. Clemson University
M.S. University of Pennsylvania
B.S. Southeast Missouri State University

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(401) 254-5338
AR 253
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation/Heritage Conservation, World Heritage, Preservation Law, Community Planning, Place Attachment, Environmental Design and Behavior Research, Social Science Methods

Jeremy C. Wells

Jeremy C.
Wells
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation

Ph.D. Clemson University
M.S. University of Pennsylvania
B.S. Southeast Missouri State University

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(401) 254-5338
AR 253
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation/Heritage Conservation, World Heritage, Preservation Law, Community Planning, Place Attachment, Environmental Design and Behavior Research, Social Science Methods

We know that people like historic buildings, places, and landscapes. Quantitatively, we also know that everyday people--across the planet--spend large sums of money engaging in heritage tourism. In surveys, the majority of people support saving historic buildings and places. Yet, most people do not self-identify as “historic preservationists”. Why?

We also know that people like natural or "wild" places; in fact, many of the reasons that people like historic places seem to also hold true for natural places as well. As a concept, "conservation" has very similar goals for historic and natural environments. Yet, historic preservationists and environmentalists don't often work effectively together. Why?

What if we were to conserve all human-experienced environments under the common concept of "place"? A focus on "place conservation" recognizes that nearly all environments have some combination of cultural and natural elements and that everyday people don't separate the two into discrete concepts when experiencing a place.

Mete H. Turan, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture

B.S.C.E. Robert College
M.S.C.E. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Columbia University
Registered Architect
Registered Professional Engineer

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x3767
AR 243
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Structures

Mete H. Turan

Mete H.
Turan
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture

B.S.C.E. Robert College
M.S.C.E. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Columbia University
Registered Architect
Registered Professional Engineer

sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/turan_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3767
AR 243
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Structures
Jeffrey Staats, AIA, AICP
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. Boston Architectural Center
M.C.P., Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Registered Architect
Registered Planner
N.C.A.R.B. Certificate

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Contact Information
x3655
AR 256
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Building Systems

Jeffrey Staats

Jeffrey
Staats
AIA, AICP
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. Boston Architectural Center
M.C.P., Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Registered Architect
Registered Planner
N.C.A.R.B. Certificate

sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/staats_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3655
AR 256
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Building Systems