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The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP) is an educational community dedicated to the creation and stewardship of the built and cultural environments. The School prepares students from many backgrounds with the knowledge and commitment needed to improve our surroundings as well as for leadership roles through their work and their participation in local and global affairs.

We are committed to balance—between creation and conservation, aesthetic and technical pursuits, local and global perspectives, individual exploration and community involvement. We work to achieve this balance through

  • a variety of teaching situations:
    • Studios; lectures; seminars; internships; study abroad; field work; tutorials; public forums; conferences; community service
  • in a varied local and global settings:
    • on-campus; in Bristol, Providence and other Rhode Island cities and towns; in major cities around the world including Florence, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Delhi, Beijing, Yokohama

School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation Mission Statement

SAAHP is the site of many firsts:

  • The first undergraduate program in Historic Preservation in the United States (1976)
  • The first NAAB-accredited professional degree program in architecture in a liberal arts college (1985)
  • The only school in the United States to offer majors in Architecture, Art and Architectural History, Historic Preservation and Visual Arts Studies (1999)
  • The first and only Architecture program in the U.S. to offer a Teaching Firm in Residence position (2007)
  • Three of our Teaching Firms in Residence were ranked in Architect magazine’s 2011 Top 10 US Architecture Firms—#1 Perkins + Will; #5 Ann Beha Architects, #6 Sasaki Associates
  • The AIAri Window on Architecture, Providence -- donated by Roger Williams University is one of three AIA Chapter Headquarters at a US School of Architecture, and the only the one in an urban location