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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.

Gail Fenske, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Arizona State University; M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Registered Architect
Contact Information
x3640
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
Contact Information
x3640
AR 242
Areas of Expertise: 
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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Contact Information
x3094
AR 218
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Structures/Construction Materials

Robert Dermody

Robert
Dermody
AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture
B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, M.Arch. University of Illinois
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/dermody_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3094
AR 218
Areas of Expertise: 
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.

Ulker Copur, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, M.Arch. University of Oregon, Ph.D. Cornell University, Registered Architect
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Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Sustainable Design/Non-Western World

Ulker Copur

Ulker
Copur
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, M.Arch. University of Oregon, Ph.D. Cornell University, Registered Architect
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/copur_cv_2011.pdf
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Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Sustainable Design/Non-Western World

Professor Ulker Copur has taught at Roger Williams University since 1986, with particular emphasis on sustainable design studios, the history of modern architecture, and seminar courses on modernism in the non-western world as well as sustainable paradigms in architecture.

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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Contact Information
x3655
AR 222
Areas of Expertise: 
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
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/cohen_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3655
AR 222
Areas of Expertise: 
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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Contact Information
x5339
AR 220
Areas of Expertise: 
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
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/charles_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x5339
AR 220
Areas of Expertise: 
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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Contact Information
x3184
AR 225
Areas of Expertise: 
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
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/carranza_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3184
AR 225
Areas of Expertise: 
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.

Sara A. Butler, Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Wake Forest University, M.S.T. University of New Hampshire, B.Arch. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, M.Arch.H., Ph.D. University of Virginia
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Contact Information
x3415
AR 254
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Historic Preservation

Sara A. Butler

Sara A.
Butler
Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Wake Forest University, M.S.T. University of New Hampshire, B.Arch. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, M.Arch.H., Ph.D. University of Virginia
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/butler_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3415
AR 254
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Historic Preservation

Sara Butler is Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University, where she teaches courses on the history of American architecture, history of American art, and the history of landscape architecture. Butler earned a Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She co-authored University of Virginia, The Campus Guide and was a contributing author and assistant editor for the Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, a volume in the Buildings of the United States series sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians.

Julian Bonder
Associate Professor of Architecture
Diploma in Architecture, Universidad de Buenos Aires, M. Des S., Harvard University
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Contact Information
x3788
AR 221
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Design

Julian Bonder

Julian
Bonder
Associate Professor of Architecture
Diploma in Architecture, Universidad de Buenos Aires, M. Des S., Harvard University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/bonder_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3788
AR 221
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Design
Edgar G. Adams, Jr.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch., M.Arch.U.D., Cornell University, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
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Contact Information
x3279
AR 244
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Urban Design

Edgar G. Adams

Edgar G.
Adams
Jr.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch., M.Arch.U.D., Cornell University, Registered Architect, N.C.A.R.B. Certificate
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/adams_edgar_cv.pdf
Contact Information
x3279
AR 244
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Urban Design

Edgar Adams has been a full-time faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Architecture since 1992 and is currently serving as Program Coordinator. His undergraduate degree in Architecture and graduate degree in Urban Design are from Cornell University where he also held a full teaching assistantship from 1983-1985. Before commencing his graduate studies he received an Eidlitz Traveling Fellowship from Cornell to explore housing and town planning in England and the Netherlands and worked in Philadelphia at the multi-disciplinary firm of Wallace, Roberts & Todd. Following his graduate studies in Urban Design, he worked on several award winning academic buildings and urban design projects at Koetter, Kim & Associates in Boston and consulted w/ Michael Dennis Associates on the Carnegie Mellon Student Center. While teaching at RWU as an adjunct faculty member, he practiced in partnership with T. Kelly Wilson and established his own practice in 1990.