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Macro Live Learn Community Established Among Building and Design Students

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

In conjunction with the University’s Live Learn Community (LLC) initiative, a “Macro” LLC has been established this Fall 2014 to advance the Macro Center’s Reforestation for Climate Change initiative. Bringing together students from four groups within the University’s Building and Design themed communities, the Macro LLC is organized as an active corps of 125+ students, four RA’s, faculty and deans undertaking field activities in collaboration with 200+ other RWU and community participants—LIVE--informed by knowledge gained from presentations, training sessions, readings, self-guided explorations and assessments—LEARN.

The Macro Center’s Reforestation for Climate Change activities are organized at the Live Lean Community level by Resident Assistants Michael Aiardo, Rachel Foley, Nataly Maloney, and Gabriela Santostefano, with university, local, regional, national and international groups coordinated by Dean and Macro Center Director Stephen White.

Macro Center Advances Rhode Island Reforestation through RWU Community Connections, RI Tree Council and RI Municipalities

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

The Center for Macro Projects and Diplomacy—the Macro Center--has taken up a major reforestation initiative in Rhode Island, mobilizing a corps of students in a multi-year effort aiming to achieve a measurable response to climate change.  Following an initial test tree planting effort in Spring 2014 with RWU’s American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter and RI Tree Council Director John Campanini, the Macro Center worked further in the first week of the Fall 2014 semester through RWU’s Community Connections Program for entering students.

Julie Gearan to Paint Official Portrait of Governor Lincoln Chafee

February 10th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Visual Arts Studies adjunct faculty member Julie Gearan has been chosen from 124 applicants to paint the official portrait of Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, as announced by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). A final group of 14 applicants where presented to Governor Chafee for final consideration, from which Chafee chose Gearan. The portrait will be completed by 2015.

Julie Gearan Website




2014 Zachary Shapiro Scholarship to Conor Sturkhe

February 10th, 2015 by bshapiro459

4th year student Conor Sturkhe has been awarded the 2014 Zachary Shapiro Scholarship, which is given annually to support an Architecture student studying abroad. Sturkhe is studying this Fall 2014 at Roger Williams University’s Architecture Program in Florence, at the International Studies Institute.

ISI Florence





Architecture Students win AIA Rhode Island, Industrial Fabrics Foundation Scholarships

February 10th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Graduate student Ellen Hassett and undergraduate Kristen Weigel have been awarded 2014 AIA Rhode Island Scholarships by the AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum, the charitable arm of AIA Rhode Island. Hassett has been awarded $3100, and Weigel the $1000 DF Pray Scholarship. Weigel has also been awarded a $1000 2014 Industrial Fabrics Foundation Architecture Student Scholarship for the second consecutive year.




Butler’s Article “Reimagining the Movement” in American Art

November 10th, 2014 by dalexander

Sara Butler, Ph.D., Professor of Art and Architectural History and University Core Professor, has recently authored an article, "Reimagining the Movement:  Beyond the Art of Negro Advancement at the Interior Building, 1937-1948,"  for the Summer 2014 issue of American Art, one of the US’s leading arts publications. Butler wrote about Millard Sheets mural, The Negro’s Contribution in the Social and Cultural Development of America: Science, at the Department of the Interior, Washington DC, and other works.



Michael Rich’s work shown in Nantucket and San Francisco in Summer 2014

November 10th, 2014 by dalexander

Professor of Art Michael Rich’s work was shown in several Nantucket shows this Summer—paintings at the Old Spouter Gallery, etchings at the Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN), paintings at the AAN’s Annual Sidewalk Sale, and paintings at the Adler & Co. booth at artMRKT at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center.





Wodiczko + Bonder shortlisted for Canadian National Holocaust Museum

November 10th, 2014 by dalexander

Harvard University public artist Krzysztof Wodiczko and Roger Williams University Professor of Architecture Julian Bonder were shortlisted in an international competition for Canada's National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa earlier in 2014. Finalists included many top international architects including:
Studio Daniel Libeskind + Edward Burtynsky, New York/Zurich/Milan
David Adjaye Associates + Ron Arad, London
Quadrangle Architects + SWA group, Toronto
Saucier + Perrotte + Marie-France Brière, Montreal
Krzysztof Wodiczko + Julian Bonder, Cambridge, MA
Hossein Amanat + Esther Shalev-Gerz, Vancouver
Wodizcko + Bonder wrote of their scheme:

2014 Kaestle Boos Scholarships to Joanna Grocott, Peter Romains

October 6th, 2014 by dalexander

Undergraduate Architecture student Joanna Grocott and graduate student Peter Romains have been awarded the 2014 Kaestle Boos Associates Scholarships, with Grocott receiving the $1000 first prize, and Romains receiving a $500 Honorable Mention. Student submissions were reviewed by a group from Kaestle Boos Associates including Charles Boos, AIA, Principal, Mike McConnell, and KBA Associate and RWU Alumni Todd Costa, ’03.




The Summer Academy in Architecture was held for the 18th consecutive year from July 6-August 2, with 27 HS students enrolled

October 6th, 2014 by dalexander

The Summer Academy in Architecture was held for the 18th consecutive year from July 6-August 2, with 27 HS students enrolled—the highest participation total since the program was founded. Student participants were from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Hong Kong. The Academy was led by Julia Bernert with faculty Karen Hughes, BG Shanklin, Sarah Kennedy, Rachel Stopka; Graduate and Undergraduate Assistants Tyler Davenport, Shane Donnelly, Christian Johnson, Sarah Payton, Chris Rossi, Katelyn Veneman, and Jason Waisnor. The quality of work was high, with great spirit among the participants.