Robert J. Dermody joined the faculty at Roger Williams University in 2004. His background bridges the realms of architecture and engineering. Mr. Dermody has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Structures from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Mr. Dermody teaches both design studios and technical courses at the undergraduate level. His primary interest is in teaching structures to architecture students. Courses taught include: Mechanics for Architects, Architectural Technology, and Construction Materials Assemblies. Studios taught include Core IV and V, as well as an advanced studio focusing on long span structures.
Mr. Dermody also has keen interest in bridges. He has traveled extensively to photograph the bridges of Robert Maillart in Switzerland, and the early iron bridges of the industrial revolution in Wales. Bridges are wonderful structures to use as teaching tools in the classroom.
He serves as the school of architecture's AIA Intern Development Program Educator Coordinator. He is also the faculty councilor to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, representing School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at the group’s annual meeting each year. He is also a founding member of the Building technology Educators Society, a new, growing organization for people passionate about teaching architectural technology.
Prior to coming to Bristol, Mr. Dermody worked for both civil and structural engineers as well as architectural design firms in Boston, MA. His has held teaching positions at the Boston Architectural College, the University of Illinois, Washington University and MIT. While at Illinois, he spent three years teaching structures courses in the Study Abroad Program at Versailles, France.
Mr. Dermody is a registered architect in Massachusetts.