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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.

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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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

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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.

Gregory Laramie, AIA
Associate Dean

B.F.A., B.Arch., Rhode Island School of Design
Registered Architect

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Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Beginning Design

Gregory Laramie

Gregory
Laramie
AIA
Associate Dean

B.F.A., B.Arch., Rhode Island School of Design
Registered Architect

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AR 255
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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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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

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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.

Hasan-Uddin Khan
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation

Diploma, Architectural Association, London
Registered Architect

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Architecture/Historic Preservation/International Architecture and Conservation

Hasan-Uddin Khan

Hasan-Uddin
Khan
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation

Diploma, Architectural Association, London
Registered Architect

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AR 240
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Architecture/Historic Preservation/International Architecture and Conservation

I consider myself a modern nomad who believes in crossing boundaries – both geographic and disciplinary. I was born in India, grew up in Pakistan, studied architecture in England, worked and lived in several countries, and travelled all over the world.

I graduated as an architect from the Architectural Association, London, in 1972, in the era of the Beatles and the Vietnam War. I was lucky enough to study with and be influenced by Keith Critchlow, Elia Zenghelis, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Peter Cook and the Archigram group, John Turner and Paul Oliver. This gave me a wide perspective of views that has stayed with me. I worked in London for Payette Associates and then returned to Karachi, Pakistan, to my own architectural and planning firm UNIT 4, between 1974 and ’76.

Gary Graham, FAIA
Associate Professor of Architecture

B. Arch., University of Virginia
M.A. University of Manchester

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Architecture/Professional Practice

Gary Graham

Gary
Graham
FAIA
Associate Professor of Architecture

B. Arch., University of Virginia
M.A. University of Manchester

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Architecture/Professional Practice

Gary Graham, FAIA is pleased to join the faculty of the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation as an Associate Professor of Architecture. He is an architect/educator/facilitator who, throughout his career, has made the profession of architecture of ever-increasing value to society. He is a practitioner who uses design to educate the public and serve the underserved; He is an educator who communicates our profession's values; and he is a facilitator who achieves community consensus through participatory problem solving.

As a practitioner, Mr. Graham’s design solutions evolve from the functional, cultural, and physical context unique to each situation. His approach engages an informed, enlightened, and involved community of users in the design process. His projects have been recognized with state, regional, and national Design Awards and publication in the national architectural press. In addition, he is a national leader in the movement to redefine the therapeutic environment. His energy and skill has resulted in the design our nations most forward-looking specialized medical facilities.

Gail Fenske, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. Arizona State University
M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Registered Architect

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AR 242
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/History of Modern Architecture/History of American Architecture/Skyscrapers

Gail Fenske

Gail
Fenske
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. Arizona State University
M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Registered Architect

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Architecture/History of Modern Architecture/History of American Architecture/Skyscrapers

Gail Fenske teaches subjects in the history of modern European architecture and American architecture.  Her lecture courses and seminars emphasize architecture’s intersection with broader cultural contexts, among them urban, technological, and visual, with the latter incorporating the fine arts, photography, and film.

She is author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and co-editor of Aalto and America (Yale University Press, 2012).  She is currently preparing Skyscrapers for publication with the Library of Congress and W. W Norton & Company.  She is also the author of several essays in books, among them The American Skyscraper: Cultural Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2005), The Landscape of Modernity (John Hopkins University Press, 1997), and The Education of the Architect (MIT Press, 1997).

Robert Dermody, AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture

B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Arch. University of Illinois

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Architecture/Structures/Construction Materials

Robert Dermody

Robert
Dermody
AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture

B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Arch. University of Illinois

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Architecture/Structures/Construction Materials

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.

Andrew Cohen, AIA
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. Cornell University
M.Arch. Harvard Graduate School of Design
Registered Architect
N.C.A.R.B. Certificate

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Architecture/Design

Andrew Cohen

Andrew
Cohen
AIA
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. Cornell University
M.Arch. Harvard Graduate School of Design
Registered Architect
N.C.A.R.B. Certificate

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Architecture/Design

Andrew Cohen received his B.Arch. from Cornell University and his M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. After leaving school he worked in Cambridge and Boston for a number of prominent firms, including Cambridge Seven Associates, and Benjamin Thompson Associates, and for two years in cartographic and computer graphics development, advertising and graphic design. He opened his own firm for private practice in Architecture in 1982.

Cohen pursues a simultaneous interest in architectural education and practice, having practiced architecture concurrently with his teaching for over thirty years. He first taught at the Boston Architectural Center from 1975-1980, and has been a Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI since 1983. He coordinates the thesis programs, teaches courses in housing, theory-based design studios, and a general introduction to architecture for first year students. During the 90s Cohen co-directed the School’s study abroad program based in Vienna, Austria, and Prague and Brno, Czech Republic, in cooperation with Czech Technical University in Prague, and the VUT Brno.

Patrick Charles
Assistant Professor of Architecture

D.P.I.G. Ecole d'Architecture de Nancy, France
S.M. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Architecture/Construction Materials/Sustainable Design

Patrick Charles

Patrick
Charles
Assistant Professor of Architecture

D.P.I.G. Ecole d'Architecture de Nancy, France
S.M. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Architecture/Construction Materials/Sustainable Design

Patrick Charles has been a full-time faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Architecture since 2003. He received his architecture diploma from the Ecole d’Architecture de Nancy, France. His thesis under the direction of Prof. Francoise Schatz as his advisor explored the role of inscriptions/notes in the design ideation process. He subsequently worked as a project architect for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris for seven and a half years. Under the direction of Bernard Plattner and Paul Vincent, he has participated to various projects at RPBW, in particular, he work on the large urban reconstruction of the Potsdamer Platz in central Berlin, Germany.

Luis Esteban Carranza, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. University of Southern California
Ph.D. Harvard University

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Architectural History/Latin American Architecture

Luis Esteban Carranza

Luis Esteban
Carranza
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture

B.Arch. University of Southern California
Ph.D. Harvard University

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AR 225
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Architectural History/Latin American Architecture

Luis E. Carranza obtained his B.Arch. at the University of Southern California and his PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University where he teaches, among other things, design studios centered on the process and materialization of design, theory of architecture, the history of modern architecture as a spatial and compositional condition, and courses on Latin American art and architecture. For him, many of these classes aim expand the knowledge of art and architecture as expressive of not only the politics of space and the nature of governance and regulation but also as powerful definers of culture in the 21st century. As part of the studio investigations and seminars on Latin American modern architecture, he has also organized multiple trips with students to Mexico City and Barcelona.