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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.

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
Contact Information
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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Contact Information
(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
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/jeremy_wells_-_curriculum_vitae.p.pdf
Contact Information
(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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Contact Information
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
Eleftherios Pavlides, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.A. Brandeis University, M.Arch. Yale University, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
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Contact Information
x3638
AR 246
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Environmental Design Research

Eleftherios Pavlides

Eleftherios
Pavlides
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.A. Brandeis University, M.Arch. Yale University, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/pavlides_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3638
AR 246
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Environmental Design Research

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.

Gregory Laramie, AIA
Associate Dean
B.F.A., B.Arch., Rhode Island School of Design, Registered Architect
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Contact Information
x3743
AR 255
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Beginning Design

Gregory Laramie

Gregory
Laramie
AIA
Associate Dean
B.F.A., B.Arch., Rhode Island School of Design, Registered Architect
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/laramie_cv_2011_0.pdf
Contact Information
x3743
AR 255
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Beginning Design
Nermin Kura, Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Universite de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV, M.A. Universite de Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne, M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Ph.D. Bilkent University
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Contact Information
x3636
AR 249
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Nature and Art

Nermin Kura

Nermin
Kura
Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Universite de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV, M.A. Universite de Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne, M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Ph.D. Bilkent University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/kura_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3636
AR 249
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Nature and Art

For Nermin Kura, the question of the occurrence of life, and its embodiment is a matter of great wonder. How is it that the transformation of energy into animate matter always occurs within a membrane, a seed, or a vessel of some sort? Could life exist without being embodied? Just as fascinating for her in their similarity to biological receptacles, are art works, vessels of meaning that cultures create for themselves to hold the thoughts and feelings that help make sense of existence. Could cultures survive without them?

Professor Kura teaches art and architectural history courses in the School of Architecture Art and Historic Preservation as well as aesthetics in the Core Program of Roger Williams University. She is also a visual artist who shows internationally. In her photography and ceramics, Nermin Kura uses forms from the biosphere such as pods and eggshells as a metaphor for the abode of life. She explores concepts of embodiment, fullness, inner pressures and the mysteries of life sustaining enclosures.

Hasan-Uddin Khan
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation
Diploma, Architectural Association, London, Registered Architect
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Contact Information
x3601
AR 240
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Historic Preservation/International Architecture and Conservation

Hasan-Uddin Khan

Hasan-Uddin
Khan
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation
Diploma, Architectural Association, London, Registered Architect
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/khan_2011_cv.pdf
Contact Information
x3601
AR 240
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Historic Preservation/International Architecture and Conservation

I consider myself a modern nomad who believes in crossing boundaries – both geographic and disciplinary. I was born in India, grew up in Pakistan, studied architecture in England, worked and lived in several countries, and travelled all over the world.

I graduated as an architect from the Architectural Association, London, in 1972, in the era of the Beatles and the Vietnam War. I was lucky enough to study with and be influenced by Keith Critchlow, Elia Zenghelis, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Peter Cook and the Archigram group, John Turner and Paul Oliver. This gave me a wide perspective of views that has stayed with me. I worked in London for Payette Associates and then returned to Karachi, Pakistan, to my own architectural and planning firm UNIT 4, between 1974 and ’76.

Gary Graham, FAIA
Associate Professor of Architecture
B. Arch., University of Virginia, M.A. University of Manchester
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Contact Information
x3495
AR 216
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Professional Practice

Gary Graham

Gary
Graham
FAIA
Associate Professor of Architecture
B. Arch., University of Virginia, M.A. University of Manchester
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/graham_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3495
AR 216
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Professional Practice

Gary Graham, FAIA is pleased to join the faculty of the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation as an Associate Professor of Architecture. He is an architect/educator/facilitator who, throughout his career, has made the profession of architecture of ever-increasing value to society. He is a practitioner who uses design to educate the public and serve the underserved; He is an educator who communicates our profession's values; and he is a facilitator who achieves community consensus through participatory problem solving.

As a practitioner, Mr. Graham’s design solutions evolve from the functional, cultural, and physical context unique to each situation. His approach engages an informed, enlightened, and involved community of users in the design process. His projects have been recognized with state, regional, and national Design Awards and publication in the national architectural press. In addition, he is a national leader in the movement to redefine the therapeutic environment. His energy and skill has resulted in the design our nations most forward-looking specialized medical facilities.