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IIE, RWU collaborate on Syrian Refugee Scholarships

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes

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.

Bonder featured on Argentina Public Television

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes
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 (with Krzystof Wodiczko).

RISCA Grant to RWU partner Arts in Common

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes

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-century school building located on the Town Common, demonstrating to Bristol residents the power of the arts to revitalize the social and civic life of the town common. RWU is looking forward to a Fall 2018 occupancy.

RWU sponsors AIAS 60th Anniversary Celebration

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes
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 Boston’s Stantec office, helped introduce a conference keynote speaker (pictured). 

Wells, HP students present to Warren Planning Commission

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes
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.
 

PSNC supports HP Archival Research

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes

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.

10th Annual RWU Student Film Festival

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Student Art Exhibitions in December

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes

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.

 

 

 

Zipf published in Radical Teacher

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes

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 present—not just plantation houses and slave quarters but every space and landscape in which the economic apparatus of slavery took form, including sugar houses, cotton mills, universities, missions, and public housing.”

Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water at SAAHP

March 3rd, 2017 by grhodes

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 and Margot Nishimura, Union Studio’s Doug Kallfelz and Stephanie Zurek, and BCA’s Lisa Howe (an RWU alumna) all participated in the session, and provided interpretation of the exhibition. Keeping History Above Water is one of the first efforts in the US to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on historic sites in coastal areas.