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ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program visits RWU

November 11th, 2015 by bcampbell031

Architecture, Construction Management and Engineering departments hosted over 40 high school students who are part of the Rhode Island ACE mentoring Program.  ACE meets in Providence, Pawtucket and Warwick on Wednesday afternoons and pairs the high school students with professional mentors from each of the three disciplines.  This year, Master of Architecture candidates Kelly Papa and Andrew Hernandez (both ACE program alumni) are serving as mentors, and they also organized the field trip to Roger Williams.  In addition to touring the Architecture and Engineering buildings, a panel of current RWU students that including Hernandez, freshmen architecture majors Jonathan Loaiza, Sebastian Moreta and Yoel Langomas (all ACE RI alumni), 5th year architecture major Samatha Moscardelli (also an ACE alum), and second year Construction Management major (and architecture minor) Michael O’Brien, talked about their experiences in college and how the ACE program prepared them for furt

RI Tree Council Tree Stewards Training course offered to SAAHP students

November 11th, 2015 by bcampbell031

The RI Tree Council offered their Tree Stewards Training course in October 2015 to a group of 35 SAAHP students and others composed of the Roger Williams University Macro Live Learn Community, Self-Directed Live Learn Community, RWU AIAS student organization, Newport Tree Society, and Town of Warren participants. The course was sponsored by the RWU Live Learn Community Initiative and the Newport Tree Society, and taught by the RI Tree Council’s Technical Director, John Campanini.  The Tree Steward course is a basic element of training for student leaders in the RWU Arboretum, and the Macro Live Learn: Reforestation for Climate Change initiative.

RWU Arboretum Dedicated, first tree planted by co-founders SAAHP Alumni and students

November 11th, 2015 by bcampbell031

SAAHP Alumni and current Architecture students planted a linden tree at the dedication of the RWU Arboretum, at Homecoming on Saturday, October 24. Arboretum student co-founders Loren White, ’14 and Christian Johnson, ’15, M.Arch. ’17, Macro LLC student leaders Annalisa Baci and Kelsey Moriarity, AIAS Freedom by Design student leaders Sarah Phillips and Sam Frohlinger joined President Donald Farish and Maia Farish, VP for Institutional Advancement Lisa Raiola, Dean Stephen White, parents, students and alumni for the ceremony. The tree was planted at the site of a grove of horsechestnut and linden trees originally planted by the Fulton Family on the site, prior to Roger Williams University being established, near the southwest entrance to the campus. 

Women’s Leadership Network hosts Homecoming lunch

November 11th, 2015 by bcampbell031


The SAAHP Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) hosted a lunch for students, faculty, alumni and guest at homecoming October 24. The gathering of 25 participants included RWU Trustees Arlene Violet and Marcia Morris, HOK New York Sr. Principal for Aviation and Transportation Marion White, and Amanda Roy, M.Arch. ’05, of Ellenzweig Boston. The Women’s Leadership Network student leaders include Kristen Weigel, Kelly Papa, Alicia Maillet, and Allison Morgner, with Karen Hughes Faculty Advisor. Several members attended who represented the WLN in a 5K Homecoming Weekend run earlier in the morning.

SAAHP Student Interns supported by Career Investment Program present at Homecoming

November 11th, 2015 by bcampbell031

Eight students supported from the SAAHP Career Investment Program participated in a Homecoming Weekend panel regarding their recent internship placements. The panel included presentations to alumni, parents and other students by

Jacob Droogan, MASS Design Group, Boston
Sarah Phillips, MASS Design Group, Boston
Sam Frohlinger, Sixteen on Center, Tiverton, RI
Alexandra Gustafson, Kirby Perkins Construction, Middletown, RI
Andrew Larsen, Vision 3 Architects, Providence, RI
Taylor Messier, Saccoccio Associates, Cranston, RI
Tim Pranaitis, Meander Studio

Associate Dean Greg Laramie moderated the panel, where students discussed the firms involved, the process involved in securing their positions, their work experience, and advice for other students.

Anthony Piermarini wins Architecture Award

October 13th, 2015 by bcampbell031

Anthony Piermarini, AIA, Assistant Professor of Architecture who joined RWU on the tenure track in Fall 2015 after serving his firm Studio Luz served as a Teaching Firm in Residence in 2013/14, has won a major Architecture Award this Fall from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. The award is to the firm, Studio Luz, which Anthony co-leads with his wife Hansy Better Barraza, who is a Professor of Architecture at RISD.

Antony Piermarini is now coordinating first year architectural design and revamping computing and graphic communication for RWU’s Architecture program. Studio Luz has received several national and regional recognition, including the 2010 national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Young Architects Award, the 2013 Boston Society of Architects Award for Design Excellence, the 54th Progressive Architecture Award Citation in 2007, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award in 2006.


Anne Tait exhibiting in Berkeley, CA

October 6th, 2015 by glaramie

Anne Tait, Associate Professor of Art, is exhibiting work at the Doug Adams Gallery in Berkeley, California through December 11.  “The Erosion of Memory: Works by Anne Tait” includes images from her research on Vermont Marble Company as well as prints, paintings and embroidered pieces inspired by nineteenth-century marble headstones.  A reception will be held on November 20th at the Gallery and will feature the original composition by John MacCallum performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

BIG INK coming to RWU this Fall, led by Michael Rich, supported by FPST

September 25th, 2015 by glaramie

RWU is hosting a BIG INK event this Fall, that celebrates the tradition of woodblock printing in an exciting community atmosphere.  Big Ink will support up to 16 student from any discipline and all experience levels to carve and print a large-scale woodblock.  We will be hosting Lyell Castonguay, a noted woodblock artist from Amherst, MA on two occasions who will help Professor of Art Michael Rich direct the event - the first visit on the weekend of October 3 & 4 to give demonstrations, work with students on the carving process, and show his work.  On his second visit at the end of the semester, December 4 & 5, we will ink and print the large prints using the Takach press in VARTS as a group in a fantastic communal day of printing (pizza, coffee and ink - yeah!)  An exhibition of the work will follow – stay tuned for more news through Art on Campus.  

Four RWU Architecture students win 2015 AIA Rhode Island Scholarships totaling $10,000+

September 15th, 2015 by glaramie

AIA Rhode Island has awarded four of five of its annual AIA Rhode Island Scholarship awards, and more than $10,000 in support, to Roger Williams Architecture students this July for the 2015/16 academic year. These include:

  • The $4500 Norton Salk Memorial Scholarship Award awarded to Nathan Lynch, who will be a 3rd year student in 2015/16. This is the top scholarship awarded by the chapter
  • One $3000 AIA Rhode Island Scholarship to Bradley Postian, entering his 5th year of study
  • Two $1500 scholarships--one to Timothy Allen, entering his 2nd year of study, another to Justin Zafra, entering his 5th year

AIA Rhode Island has developed a generous scholarship program through fundraising by chapter members through its annual golf tournament, support from AIA national, and stewardship of endowed funds guided by the Rhode Island Foundation.

Rustermier exhibits in Jamestown

September 15th, 2015 by glaramie

RWU Art on Campus Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty Member Rob Rustermier had his work on display at the Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery, Jamestown, RI opening July 24, 2015.