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Butler’s Work on First Civil Rights Monument in US featured in Washington Post

The scholarly work of Sara Butler, Professor of Art and Architectural History, on a 1942 portrait “An Incident in Contemporary American Life” by Mitchell Jamieson was featured in a March 31, 2017 Washington Post article by Desmond Herzfelder. The article, “The Nation’s First Civil Rights Monument Turns 75”, identifies the work’s importance and story of its making, as well as the circumstances regarding the event’s depicted.

Jamieson’s mural, located at the US Department of the Interior in Washington DC, portrays a...

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Saturday Morning Sessions

SAAHP has commenced the Saturday Morning Sessions program of small seminar format workshops for graduate students led by practitioners, with two Spring sessions:

April 1  “Do you need help writing about architecture? with David Sokol

April 22 “Portfolios and Design Communications Skills”, with Chris Grimley

Sokol is a journalist specializing in architecture, planning and product design. He is currently a contributing editor at Architectural Record and Greensource magazines, as well as...

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Bonder at Symbolic Reparations Conference

Julian Bonder, Professor of Architecture, participated in the Symbolic Reparations Conference at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University and Boston University, March 31-April 2, 2017. The conference addressed the role of the arts broadly defined in symbolic reparations, to ensure the preservation of historical memory, restoration of victims’ dignity, and the non-recurrence of violence. Other participants included:

Angela Perez, Cultural Vice...

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Piermarini, Studio Luz complete Acorns House at Wellesley

Studio Luz Architects, Boston, led by RWU Assistant Professor Anthony Piermarini and partner Hansy Better, Professor at Rhode Island School of Design, have completed a renovation of Wellesley College’s Acorns House, the result of a student initiative. Acorns House is the new home for Asian, Latina and LGBTQ Advising within the Office of Intercultural Education. 

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AIAS grant to RWU Freedom By Design

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) national office has awarded a $3000 Freedom by Design materials grant to RWU’s AIAS student chapter, to assist our students’ design and construction of an outdoor classroom and Children’s Arboretum at the Pell Elementary School in Newport, RI. This support is part of an AIAS Board of Directors initiative to support Freedom By Design initiatives focused on working with elementary schools, which this year provides support to RWU, and the universities of Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina-Charlotte, and Texas-...

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designLAB is Spring 2017 Teaching Firm

designLAB, Boston led by Robert Miklos, FAIA, returns as a Spring 2017 Teaching Firm in Residence. designLAB won a Fall 2016 Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Merit Award for the Seton Hill Arts Center in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 

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Gray Organschi Architecture New Haven is Spring 2017 Teaching Firm

Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven returns as a Spring 2017 Teaching Firm in Residence, led by Lisa Gray, FAIA and Alan Organschi. Gray Organschi has received national attention for 3 recent projects. The Common Ground Environmental Charter School in New Haven was published in Architectural Record’s January 2017 “Schools for the 21st Century” issue. Common Ground is the US’s longest running environmental charter school. Another of the firm's designs was featured in the online article "...

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Spring Architecture, HP courses in Santo Domingo

Collaborative coursework in Architecture and Historic Preservation is taking place in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in Spring 2017. Arch 515 Graduate Architectural Design Studio taught by Assistant Professor Nathan Fash, and Arch 430/530 Materials and Methods of Historic Construction taught by Assistant Professor Jeremy Wells are involved in a semester-long study of several sites in the city including those from the 16th-19th centuries, involving rehabilitation and new construction. The group travelled to Santo Domingo for a site visit in March...

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Goody Clancy firm, people and clients wins numerous national awards

Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence Goody Clancy recently received several recognitions. The Conrad B. Duberstein Courthouse in Brooklyn, NY received The US General Services Administration (GSA) 2016 Design Award for the firm's extensive architectural preservation work on the building’s terracotta and granite facades.
Jean Carroon, FAIA, Principal, received the 2016 Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award of Excellence. Carroon is a pioneer in sustainable design and preservation, and will deliver the Tremco Sustainable Practices...

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1772 Foundation supports RWU courses, national collaboration

RWU’s on-going work advancing the quality of Historic Real Estate Finance education and practice through support from the 1772 Foundations continues in Spring 2017. 1772 support is providing for a consultant team teaching in HP 525 Preservation Economics. Support is also being utilized to convene national leaders in historic preservation, architecture, planning, business, law and real estate at RWU in April 2017, to develop a plan to improving the quality and reach of education and practice in these fields, particularly in the context of urban revitalization. This effort...

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Bonder speaks at Harvard’s Universities and Slavery Conference

Harvard University’s March 3, 2017 Conference, “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History”, included RWU Professor of Architecture Julian Bonder as a speaker. The daylong conference explored the relationship between slavery and universities across the country and around the world, organized by Harvard faculty Sven Beckert, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Daniel Carpenter. The event was webcast live, and videos are available here. The conference...

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Rich, Moers featured in Singular Repetitions at UMASS Dartmouth

Professor of Art Michael Rich and Adjunct Faculty Denny Moers were featured in Singular Repetitions, an exhibition of five artists at UMASS Dartmouth from February 6-March 16, 2017. The exhibit also included artists Lindsey Beal, Kim Gatesman and Amanda Means. The exhibition showcases abstracted, one of a kind prints created in various techniques from daguerreotypes to electrostatic monoprints. 

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IIE, RWU collaborate on Syrian Refugee Scholarships

Roger Williams University has committed to offer four scholarships to refugee students from Syria, two in Architecture and two in Law. The University is joining more than 60 US and international universities working with the Institute for International Education (IIE) providing support for Syrian students completing their degrees in North America and Europe. The School looks forward to welcoming these new students, whose prior academic and professional achievements are outstanding.

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Bonder featured on Argentina Public Television

Julian Bonder, Professor of Architecture, was featured on Television Publica National (TPN) in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 14, 2017, in its international segment: “La construccion de espacios publicos para la memoria” (The Construction of Public Spaces for Memory).
Bonder is regularly involved in conferences and publications on the subject in the US, Europe and South America. He is best known for his design for the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France...
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RISCA Grant to RWU partner Arts in Common

he Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is awarding a $50,000 grant to Arts in Common, a new nonprofit that plans to renovate the long-vacant Walley School into an arts and cultural hub on the historic Town Common. Roger Williams University is a partner in the project and plans to be the anchor tenant in the renovated building, which will provide public gallery space, shared office space for local cultural groups and a home for Arts in Common. RWU plans to use one floor for academic programming and community engagement activities. The goal is to revive a historic, 19th-...

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