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Architecture

Architecture at Roger Williams University is one of our most challenging and rewarding programs. The mission of the program is to provide students with a strong sense of design, a rigorous technical background and the breadth of a liberal arts education. The Architecture program seeks to develop the “whole person” in society through professional training combined with a required core curriculum in the liberal arts. We offer both undergraduate and graduate degree options in this program.

The program also encourages the mastery and skillful integration of the complex set of variables—artistic, technical and philosophical—which underlie the successful design of any constructed environment. Finally, we want our students to understand that their education constitutes a basis for lifelong learning and intellectual growth, and to understand the diverse nature and variety of roles for architects in related fields.

Architecture Program Mission Statement

The Architecture program at RWU has several unique aspects that set it apart from the competition:

  • Our Teaching Firms in Residence program is the only one of its kind in the country. Each semester, a prominent architecture firm gives guest lectures, critiques student presentations and brings expert field experience into the classroom.
  • Unlike other programs, where students share studio space, at RWU all Architecture students have their own individual space—even at our flagship architecture study abroad location in Florence, Italy.
  • In addition, our program leads to the 4+1.5-2 Bachelor of Science/Master of Architecture dual degree, or a pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

Applicants must also submit a portfolio to demonstrate previous experience, skills level, and potential for development. For details, please see the Special Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions web page, or contact the SAAHP Office at (401) 254-3681, or saahp@rwu.edu.

Leonard Yui
Assistant Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3011
School of Architecture 215
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture, Landscape and Ecological Design

Leonard Yui

Leonard
Yui
Assistant Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3011
School of Architecture 215
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture, Landscape and Ecological Design
Stephen White, AIA
Dean and Professor
B.A, M.Arch., M.A. Washington University, Registered Architect
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Contact Information
x3607
AR 211
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Macro Projects

Stephen White

Stephen
White
AIA
Dean and Professor
B.A, M.Arch., M.A. Washington University, Registered Architect
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/white_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3607
AR 211
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Macro Projects
Jeremy C. Wells, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation
B.S. Southeast Missouri State University, M.S. University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. Clemson University
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Contact Information
x5213
AR 233
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation

Jeremy C. Wells

Jeremy C.
Wells
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation
B.S. Southeast Missouri State University, M.S. University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. Clemson University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/wells_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x5213
AR 233
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation
Mete H. Turan, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.S.C.E. Robert College, M.S.C.E. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Columbia University, Registered Architect, Registered Professional Engineer
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Contact Information
x3767
AR 243
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Structures

Mete H. Turan

Mete H.
Turan
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.S.C.E. Robert College, M.S.C.E. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Columbia University, Registered Architect, Registered Professional Engineer
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/turan_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3767
AR 243
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Structures
Andrew Thurlow
Associate Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Syracuse University, M.Arch. Columbia University
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Contact Information
x5334
AR 217
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Digital Media/Digital Manufacturing

Andrew Thurlow

Andrew
Thurlow
Associate Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Syracuse University, M.Arch. Columbia University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/thurlow_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x5334
AR 217
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Digital Media/Digital Manufacturing

Andrew Thurlow received a Bachelor in Architecture from Syracuse University (1994), where he received an award for Outstanding Thesis, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (1998), where he received the CAD Design Award. He co-founded the architectural firm Thurlow Small Architecture in 2001 and has lectured, exhibited and been published internationally. TSA's recent projects include a 480 hectare centralized park design for Yinzhou, China, a transit oriented development plan for Pawtucket RI and a 3000 sf interior design for a web marketing company, in Providence RI. TSA was also selected as a finalist for the National AIDS Memorial Competition, in San Francisco CA.

Jeffrey Staats, AIA, AICP
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Boston Architectural Center, M.C.P., Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Registered Architect, Registered Planner, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
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Contact Information
x3655
AR 256
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Building Systems

Jeffrey Staats

Jeffrey
Staats
AIA, AICP
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Boston Architectural Center, M.C.P., Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Registered Architect, Registered Planner, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/staats_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3655
AR 256
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Building Systems
Eleftherios Pavlides, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.A. Brandeis University, M.Arch. Yale University, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
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Contact Information
x3638
AR 246
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Environmental Design Research

Eleftherios Pavlides

Eleftherios
Pavlides
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.A. Brandeis University, M.Arch. Yale University, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/pavlides_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3638
AR 246
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Environmental Design Research

Professor Pavlides teaches architecture studios as well a Social Aspects of Architecture a course that requires students to conduct field work on people's experience of buildings and landscapes.

Over the last eight years professor Pavlides students' have collected information on wind turbines and their work led to funded research that proved that wind turbines are very popular in Rhode Island a fact that was confirmed with subsequent referenda in Bristol and Portsmouth. Over one hundred students have contributed to the development of the WINDPOWERRI presentation that can be downloaded here. This information was made available to the Rhode Island Economic Development Committee in October 2005 and presented on November 30 2005 at the join RI Senate and Legislature Energy Summit and helped set Rhode Island's goal to generate 15% of Rhode Island's electricity from wind in the near future. Professor Pavlides has received commendations from both the Legislature and the Governor of Rhode Island for this work.

William L. McQueen, AIA
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. University of Illinois, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
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Contact Information
x3639
AR 213
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture

William L. McQueen

William L.
McQueen
AIA
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. University of Illinois, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/mcqueen_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3639
AR 213
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture

Bill McQueen was invited to join the architecture faculty in 1984 to develop the thesis studio program by the Architecture Program’s founding Dean, Raj Saksena. He has taught throughout the Architecture Program: Architectural Design Studios at the Core, Advanced & Graduate Levels, Construction Materials & Assemblies I and a seminar: Dutch architecture – the enduring 20th century legacy. He taught numerous architectural design studios & was a member of the Thesis Committee at the Boston Architectural Center: 1970-86. He has also been a guest critic and/or lecturer at MIT, Nova Scotia Technical College, Univ. of Illinois-Versailles Program, Harvard Graduate School of Design and New York Institute of Technology.  

He studied architecture at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, is a licensed architect in Massachusetts & Rhode Island, and holds a NCARB Certificate. He participated in historic structures conservation & building preservation programs at the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York, GB, and Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Gregory Laramie, AIA
Assistant Dean
B.F.A., B.Arch., Rhode Island School of Design, Registered Architect
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Contact Information
x3743
AR 255
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Beginning Design

Gregory Laramie

Gregory
Laramie
AIA
Assistant Dean
B.F.A., B.Arch., Rhode Island School of Design, Registered Architect
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/laramie_cv_2011_0.pdf
Contact Information
x3743
AR 255
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Beginning Design
Nermin Kura, Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Universite de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV, M.A. Universite de Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne, M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Ph.D. Bilkent University
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Contact Information
x3636
AR 249
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Nature and Art

Nermin Kura

Nermin
Kura
Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Universite de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV, M.A. Universite de Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne, M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Ph.D. Bilkent University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/kura_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3636
AR 249
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Nature and Art

For Nermin Kura, the question of the occurrence of life, and its embodiment is a matter of great wonder. How is it that the transformation of energy into animate matter always occurs within a membrane, a seed, or a vessel of some sort? Could life exist without being embodied? Just as fascinating for her in their similarity to biological receptacles, are art works, vessels of meaning that cultures create for themselves to hold the thoughts and feelings that help make sense of existence. Could cultures survive without them?

Professor Kura teaches art and architectural history courses in the School of Architecture Art and Historic Preservation as well as aesthetics in the Core Program of Roger Williams University. She is also a visual artist who shows internationally. In her photography and ceramics, Nermin Kura uses forms from the biosphere such as pods and eggshells as a metaphor for the abode of life. She explores concepts of embodiment, fullness, inner pressures and the mysteries of life sustaining enclosures.