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Laramie presents at ACSA Seattle panel, March 2016, “Leveraging Student Leadership”

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Greg Laramie, AIA, Associate Dean, was a panelist at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual meeting in Seattle in March.  The panel “Leveraging Student Leadership” focused on how architecture programs can both support students’ extra- and co-curricular activities as well as utilize student involvement strategically to improve enrollment, retention, diversity, career placement, studio culture and help during the accreditation process.  Laramie was selected to participate on the panel having served as advisor to the highly successful RWU chapter of the AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) for the last 5 years.  RWU AIAS is one of the largest chapters in the country and annually has one of the largest contingents at the national AIAS Forum.

Barcelona Program Directors Miguel Roldan + Merce Berengue to build energy efficient social housing in Barcelona

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Miguel Roldan, Director of the Barcelona Architecture Center, and Merce Berengue of Roldan Berengue Arquitectos Barcelona, have won  a recent competition to building 46 energy efficient social housing units in Barcelona. The firm’s design inserts wooden housing inside of the Fabra/Coats industrial complex in the city’s Sant Andreau district. Roldan and Berengue say of their scheme, “We wanted to minimally touch the existing building and we have studied a lighter system, adding or interest in its organic origin and energy efficiency that it brings.” Construction begins in September 2016.

DeBoer, Wells, White participate at Keeping History Above Water Conference on Heritage and Climate Change

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation Jeremy Wells and Dean Stephen White served as members of the organizing committee and as participants in a groundbreaking conference, Keeping History Above Water, hosted by the Newport Restoration Foundation in Newport, RI April 10-13, 2016. The conference was one of the first to focus on the risks posed by sea level rise to historic coastal communities and their built environments, what we need to know and what can be done to protect historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods in the face of this threat. Specialists from across the United States and abroad shared experiences, examined risks, and debated solutions with an emphasis on case studies and real world applications. Keeping History Above Water approached sea level rise from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to develop practical approaches to mitigation, protective adaptation, and general resilience.

Carranza numerous national and international lectures, exhibitions, scholarly articles

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Luis Carranza, Professor of Architecture, has authored, co-authored with Fernando Lara from the University of Texas-Austin, and had their work reviewed in numerous international forums and publications over the past year. In April 2016, he presented a paper at the Society of Architectural Historians Conference, “Beauty and Horror: Slabs and the Cinematic City in Latin America”. In March 2016, he lectured at Auburn University on “Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology and Utopia”, and authored “How to Embalm Small Animals” and served as General Editor of 3 Stages of Architectural Education. In February, Carranza presented a paper “Race and Miscegenation in 20th Century Mexican Architecture” at Columbia University.

Teaching Firm Aamodt/Plumb Graduate Studio tours 4 landmark New Canaan Houses

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

The Spring 2016 Arch 515 Graduate Architecture Design Studio, “Home and the Senses” led by Teaching Firm in Residence Aamodt/Plumb Architects toured four mid-20th century landmark houses in New Canaan, CT in early February. The studio is particularly interested in how modern residential design can produce emotional responses.  Houses visited included:

  • Noyes House 2 (1954), Eliot Noyes
  • Boisonnas House (1956), Philip Johnson
  • Evans House (1961), James Evans
  • Mills House 2, (1956), Willis N. Mills

Aamodt/Plumb’s Isaac Smith led the tour, joined by Historic Preservationist Martin Skrelunas at the Noyes House, and by architect James Evans at the Evans House. The studio trip was featured in Curbed.


Postian Wins national Newman Medal in Acoustics

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

5th year Architecture student Brad Postian was one of seven winners of the 2016 Robert Bradford Newman Medal in Architectural Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of America. Postian received the award in recognition of work done in 2015 in Arch 332 Acoustics & Lighting, taught by RWU Professor Jeffrey Staats. The Newman Medal recognizes excellence in study of acoustics and its application to architecture. The program honors outstanding students at schools of architecture and architectural engineering throughout the world. Students selected for the award must have demonstrated excellence in this discipline and in the application of acoustical design principles in the course of their study. Other 2016 Newman Medal Winners include students from the University of Idaho, Virginia Polytechnic University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Kansas, and London Southbank University.

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Art Exhibits at Byfield Gallery, Bristol

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

RWU’s Interdisciplinary Collaborative Art course led by Associate Professor Murray McMillan hosted an exhibition at Bristol’s Byfield Gallery on Saturday February 20. Featured students included  Missy Andrade, Tori Bedizen, Matt Boziwick, Eduardo Curé, Luke F Erwin, Brian Goepfert, Josh Grab, Collin Granger, Cory J Larrubia, Jon Perlstein, Sarah Phillips, Kevin Scarlata, Nicole Stetson, Jessie Valenti. RWU has established a student gallery at the Byfield School site, along with intermedia/senior studio space.

Duffy Speaks at Bard Graduate Center, NY

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Elizabeth Duffy, Associate Professor of Art, presented a lecture at the Bard Graduate Center as part of the Curatorial Practice as Experiment: A Chipstone Foundation-Bard Graduate Center Collaboration February 18, 2016. The program was convened by Bard Professor Catherine Whalen. The collaboration engages students in creative curatorial practice, leading to innovative interpretations of objects in physical and virtual space. The collaboration between Bard Graduate Center and the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Chipstone Foundation promotes study of American material culture and decorative arts, and include a student-curated exhibition and interpretive material in multiple formats.  Sessions feature visits with scholars such as Elizabeth Duffy, who are involved with innovative museum practices.

Yui in Co-Machines: Mobile Disruptive Architectures Competition

July 20th, 2016 by glaramie

Leonard Yui, Assistant Professor of Architecture, and Sahoko Yui, Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Davis, have submitted a design Co-mpost, a mobile composter, to ON/OFF’s Co-Machines competition. ON/OFF is an international network of designers, architects, curators, filmmakers and urbanists describing:

Aamodt/Plumb, Cambridge and Austin is a Spring 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence

February 2nd, 2016 by bcampbell031

Award-winning Aamodt/Plumb Architects, Cambridge and Austin, is a Spring 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence led by principals Mette Aamodt and Andrew Plumb, with Isaac Smith. Aamodt Plumb is an emerging firm that has completed residential work in MA, NY, TX and NJ, specializing in exceptional modern homes and innovative work spaces. their Spring 2016 design studio will focus on residential architecture.