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Checkerboard Film Foundation Donates Films on Architects to SAAHP

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

The Checkerboard Film Foundation, New York has donated 20 feature films on architecture to the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. The Foundation was established in 1979 to document, through the medium of film and video, artists who are making unique and important contributions to the American Arts.

Checkerboard Film Foundation




Roger Williams University Design Build Team Wins DBIA Northeast Regional Competition

February 11th, 2015 by bshapiro459

The team of Construction Management and Architecture students from Roger Williams University won the 2014 Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Northeast Regional Competition. Team members include Brandon DaSilva (Team Captain) and Steve Pulver, Construction Management majors in the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management; and Marisa Bottai and Sam Froehlinger, Architecture majors from the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. The team’s submittal, entitled Fourth Dimension, has won them a place in the national competition to take place in Fall 2014. Faculty coaches where professors Gokhan Celik and Fred Gould from Construction Management and Gary Graham from Architecture.


Art on Campus Fall 2014, Features Work of Tayo Heuser in the Administration Building Foyer and the University Residence

February 10th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Tayo is a long time RWU Visual Arts Studies adjunct faculty member, whose work has been exhibited in solo shows most recently at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC, Reeves Contemporary, New York; CCNOA Project Room and H29 in Brussels, Belgium; and in group shows at URI, Newport Art Museum, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Chateau de Fernelmont, Belgium; Dieu Donne Gallery, New York; Baltimore Museum of Fine Art; the University of Wisconsin, RISD and many other venues. Art on Campus is curated by Rob Rustermier, Adjunct Faculty, who has led and c0-founded the program since its inception in 2011.

Tayo Heuser

Boston Firms designLAB, ADD Inc. are Fall 2014 Architecture Teaching Firms in Residence

February 10th, 2015 by bshapiro459

The Fall 2014 Architecture Teaching Firms in Residence feature one returning firm and one new to the School, bringing nationally recognized practitioners to teach students in the Master of Architecture program.

designLAB, Boston is teaching an Arch 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio focusing on a particularly close collaboration with the Providence Public Library, led by Robert Miklos, FAIA, Mary Ann Upton, AIA and Jason Van Yperen. designLAB is a widely noted firm named one of the US’s top 50 architecture firms in 2011. Miklos was educated at RISD and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Upton earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University, Jason received his Master of Interior Architecture at RISD and a BA from Messiah College.

Macro Live Learn Community Established Among Building and Design Students

February 10th, 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 10th, 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.