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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.

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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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

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AR 254
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Historic Preservation

Sara Butler is Professor of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University, where she teaches courses on American art and architecture, Newport art and architecture, Japanese art and architecture, and the history of landscape architecture. She earned a Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.  She co-authored the University of Virginia, The Campus Guide and was a contributing author and assistant editor for the Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont.  She has lectured and published on American landscapes, commemoration and memory, and American public art and has given papers on the topics at conferences of the College Art Association and the Vernacular Architecture Forum as well as at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and Salve Regina University.

Julian Bonder
Associate Professor of Architecture

Diploma in Architecture, Universidad de Buenos Aires
M. Des S., Harvard University

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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

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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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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

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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.