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Karl Daubmann, B.Arch. ’95, wins prestigious Rome Prize

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

Karl Daubmann, B.Arch. ’95, is one of two architecture awardees among 31 artists, designers and scholars to receive the 2015/16 Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy in Rome. Now in its 119th year, the prize is awarded to individuals who display exceptional promise in their professional fields, enabling them to undertake creative projects with a public element for an average of eleven months in Rome.  The winners work span eleven disciplines ranging from music to ancient studies, were selected by eight interdisciplinary juries, and will be rewarded with accommodation in Rome as well as project funding of up to $28,000 per year, depending on the length of their stay.

Town of Bristol and RWU establish Byfield Art Studio and Exhibition space in Spring 2015

September 1st, 2015 by glaramie

The Town of Bristol and Roger Williams University are collaborating at the formerly vacated Byfield School, in establishing art studio spaces for Roger Williams University students that commenced in Spring 2015.  The town has created Byfield as an artist’s building with studio spaces for many practicing artists, along with academic space for RWU Visual Arts Studies students, and the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arts initiative led by RWU Associate Professor Murray McMillan, which includes dance, theatre, music and visual arts collaborators.  RWU facilities at Byfield include a 3rd floor senior studio and Inter Media space, and a 2nd floor gallery and meeting space. The space is on the RWU Shuttle loop linking the campus to multiple sites in Bristol.

Romains presents at NESAH Annual Student Symposium

April 23rd, 2015 by bcampbell031

Spring 2015 Master of Architecture candidate Peter Romains is one of eight presenters at the 37th New England Society of Architectural Historians Student Symposium taking place at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design on February 28. Other student presenters attend Boston University, Williams College, Harvard, Brown, Norwich University, Yale, and MIT.  Romains completed his undergraduate studies at Roger Williams as well, where he received a BS in Architecture with a Minor in Art and Architectural History.

Silverthorne Exhibition at FoMu, Antwerp, Belgium February-June 2015

April 23rd, 2015 by bcampbell031

A retrospective exhibition of Professor of Art Jeffrey Silverthorne’s work, entitled “The Precision of Silence”, is on view from February 20-June 7, 2015 at the “FoMu” FotoMusem Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium.






MASS Design, Boston / Kigali / Port-Au-Prince is a Spring 2015 Teaching Firm in Residence

February 19th, 2015 by bshapiro459

MASS Design Group is a Spring Teaching Firm, led by co-founders CEO Michael Murphy, COO Alan Ricks, and Director David Saladik. MASS Design Group began in 2008 during the design of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda, a project of Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Since then, MASS has expanded to work on three continents with projects spanning the design of buildings, research, policy, education and strategic planning. Their work seeks to provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being.

MASS has been awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize, Zomtobel Prize, Architecture League Emerging Voices Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, Contract Magazine “Designer of the Year”, and received the World Architecture News Burro Happold Award, among others. MASS has been a finalist for the TED Prize and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and semi-finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven is a Spring 2015 Teaching Firm in Residence

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven returns as a Teaching Firm in Spring 2015, led by Lisa Gray, FAIA and Alan Organschi, with Parker Lee and other members of the firm. Gray Organschi’s work: “explores the intersection of design and building production. We recognize building as a medium through which architectural ideas are most forcefully explored and unforgivingly expressed; as an undertaking that consumes physical and environmental resources as it irrevocably alters the character and culture of a place. We seek to take the greatest possible advantage of those resources that we claim in the process of design and construction. The work in our studio and fabrication facility is fed by research and analysis of the sites we engage, the programs we shape, and the materials and methods we implement.

McGill University’s Vikram Bhatt joins SAAHP for Spring 2015

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Vikram Bhatt, Professor of Architecture and Director of the Minimum Cost Housing Group at McGill University, Montreal joins the school as a Visiting Professor for Spring 2015, where he will be teaching Arch 530 Special Topics: Design for Development for graduate Architecture and Historic Preservation students.  Bhatt is currently working on the question of food security and urban sustainability in North America and abroad, particularly in informal housing in developing countries, and more recently in Canada and the US.

Vikram Bhatt wins $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

Vikram Bhatt, Spring 2015 Visiting Professor at Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, has won the Margolese National Design for Living Prize, a $50,000 award given annually to a Canadian who has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians of all economic classes. Bhatt was subsequently featured in the Vancouver Sun.

Link to Margolese Prize Website

Link to Vancouver Sun Article

Byfield School, Bristol becomes home for Visual Arts Studies Studios

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

RWU is supporting the development of greater community arts engagement for Visual Arts Studies students and faculty by acquiring studio spaces at the former Byfield School in Bristol, beginning for the Spring 2015 semester. Spaces for the Visual Arts Senior Studio, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arts and Advanced Drawing have been established to provide senior and advance students space in close proximity to engage with other practicing artists and the community. The building houses numerous artist’s studios along with the new RWU art studios and is located on High Street along the Bristol Common, a short walk to Bristol galleries, shops and restaurants. 


Sattler participates in SOM Women’s Initiative Winter Internship Program

February 18th, 2015 by bshapiro459

2nd year Architecture student Larissa Sattler (second from right) was one of six students to participate in the SOM Women’s Initiative (SOMWI) Winter Internship Program in New York this January 6-9, 2015, for outstanding female students in architecture, engineering or related fields. The program offers critical office exposure and mentorship to women who plan to pursue a career in the design profession, and gives students the opportunity to spend several days in an SOM office shadowing professionals in a variety of disciplines.