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Melissa Bagga, Frank Hammond teach Arch 321 Site + Environment

October 24th, 2013 by rsargent116

Melissa Bagga and Frank Hammond are teaching two sections of Arch 321 Site + Environment in Fall 2013, in conjunction with Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Bell, AIA.


Bagga received her Master of Landscape Architecture from RISD, a Teaching Certificate from the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University, and her BS in Journalism and East Asian Culture from Indiana University. She currently practices with Searle and Searle Landscape Architects in Providence, and has been involved at RISD including as an Assistant to the Department Head, and in teaching, and at DesignBridge in Chicago.  She is the recipient of a Helen Hackney McColl Scholarship, and a member of the ASLA.


Landscape Architect Ginna Johnson, ASLA teaches Advanced Arch Design Studio

October 24th, 2013 by rsargent116

Ginna Johnson, Principal at Esker Company Landscape Architecture, Lexington MA which she founded in 2005, is teaching Arch 413 Advanced Architectural Design Studio in Fall 2013. Johnson founded Esker Company following practice at nationally recognized landscape firms Hargreaves Associates, Boston, CRJA and the Olin Partnership, Philadelphia. Johnson has planned, designed and managed projects ranging in scale from private residences to city districts. Consensus-building is an integral part of Ginna’s work with communities. Current Esker Company projects include the Fessenden School Waltham Street Campus Gateway and Signage and Brooke Charter School Renovations. Ginna Johnson has served as a lecturer and Visiting Critic at the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard, and has been a frequent contributor at Roger Williams University in the Master of Architecture program Graduate Thesis Research Seminar and Design Studio sequence.  Ginna Johnson received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a recipient of the Philip Nichols Winslow Fellowship, and a BA from Smith College.

Jonathan Bell, AIA, Fall 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, Fall 2013

October 24th, 2013 by rsargent116

Jonathan Bell, AIA, LEEP AP, Associate at Kite Architects, Providence, joins SAAHP as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture for Fall 2013, teaching an advanced architectural design studio and Arch 321 Site + Environment. Bell previously taught at Roger Williams as an adjunct faculty member and at RISD, and has practiced at KITE since 2002. In 2007, in collaboration with Ciotat Studio, Bell was shortlisted on an urban planning competition for Reykjavik, Iceland which was exhibited at the Reykjavik Art Museum and City Hall. His chapter, “Shadows in the Hinterland: Rural Noir,” which is collected in the book Architecture and Film.

Anne E. Proctor, Ph.D., 2013/14 Visiting Assistant Professor of Art + Architectural History

October 24th, 2013 by rsargent116

Renaissance specialist Anne E. Proctor joins the school as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Architectural History for 2013/14. Proctor received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas-Austin, with her dissertation on “Vincenzo Danti at the Medici Court: Constructing Professional Identity in Late Renaissance Florence.” She received an MA in Art History from Syracuse University, an MA in Education from Harvard University, and her BA magna cum laude from Wellesley College. Proctor has received numerous scholarships and fellowships including a Newberry Consortium Fellowship, a Walter Read Hovey Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Emily Maverick Miller and Emily Miller Wells Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Art and a Scanlan Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Art History from the University of Texas-Austin.

Anthony Piermarini, AIA leads Studio Luz, Boston as Fall 2013 Architecture Teaching Firm in Residence

October 24th, 2013 by rsargent116

Anthony Piermarini, AIA leads Studio Luz, Boston as a Fall 2013 Teaching Firm in Residence, is teaching an Arch 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio. The firm links social responsibility and sustainable construction practices with built material expression in residential, commercial, institutional and cultural projects. Studio Luz find inspiration in popular culture, promote local craft, embracing a strong team approach. Principal Hansy L. Better Barraza, AIA is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at RISD. The work of Studio Luz Architects has received numerous awards including the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award, a Progressive Architecture Award, three AIA Design Excellence Awards and the prestigious Architectural League of New York’s Young Architect’s Award.