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  • Dean Stephen White, AIA

Dean's Message

2017 is an important point in time to look back at several milestones in our school’s recent history, in order to look ahead and to forecast our future. This will help those considering joining the school can see into where we have been, and where we are seeking to go in advancing the school, our disciplines, professions and communities we engage, and society as a whole.

  • It was 20 years ago that conversations began to bring together the elements of the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation—with programs in Architecture and Historic Preservation, creating Art and Architectural History and adding Visual Arts Studies. We had a vision of balance between creation and conservation, local and global issues, liberal and professional education, and of classroom, field and studio experiences—and people from many places and backgrounds. The result has been the establishment of a great community with much interchange between students, faculty and visitors, and connections to many firms and organizations. This community has fostered a sense of looking forward, and a strong sense of mentoring for and between students.
  • 15 years ago the Master of Architecture was introduced as our NAAB accredited professional program. This has resulted in a consensus that we have achieved increased quality of education, with increased support for faculty scholarly and professional work, and student placements in leading firms in the US and abroad. Expanded facilities in 2003-2005 created the space for our extension to graduate study.
  • 10 years ago the Teaching Firm in Residence Program was established—still unique in US architectural education.
  • The MS in Historic Preservation was established 7 years ago, building on Roger Williams’ undergraduate program founded in 1976--the first undergraduate Historic Preservation program in the US.
  • 5 years ago the Career Investment Program was launched—and to date more than $1.2 million has been invested in students, firms, organizations, and faculty for paid internships.
  • It has been 5 years since we launched our first Samsung and Cloud  Computing Pilot program. Within a year this resulted in the establishment of the Samsung Design Studio with major support from Samsung Electronics America, and the rCloud computing university-wide with support from nVidia.

We are now in a process to forecast the next 10 years in the school’s history/future, through a process framed in consultation with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA.  We are seeking broad participation from within and beyond the university, our disciplines, from local, national and international leaders, and the public.

Stay tuned to this space for more information and opportunities to engage.

Stephen White, AIA