SAAHP Recent News

Keep up with the latest news coming from the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation with this list of stories highlighting the school.

Students in a gallerySchool of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation Hosts its 2017 Fall Events Series
October 11, 2017
Along with distinguished guests, the school is home to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture exhibit.


A headshot of Ben Bergenholtz

Meet Ben Bergenholtz: The Entrepreneurial Preservationist

With a bachelor’s and master’s in historic preservation from RWU, the alumnus has built a business of bringing historic buildings back to life.


A digital animation of an outdoor classroom

Architecture Students’ Design Brings the Classroom Outdoors

Their plan for an outdoor classroom for Newport’s Pell Elementary School will be built this summer.


Sailing center in the daytime

RWU Architecture Community Claims Nearly Half of New England Design Awards
Roger Williams’s architecture community scored the most awards of any single group from the American Institute of Architects.


A yellow logoSaturday Morning Sessions

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


A classic drawingButler’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.


Students working in a fieldAIAS 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


image of a man's backBonder at Symbolic Reparations Conference

Julian Bonder, Professor of Architecture, participated in the Symbolic Reparations Conference at the Mahindra Humanities Center


A picture of a design labdesignLAB is Spring 2017 Teaching Firm

designLAB, Boston, led by Robert Miklos, FAIA, returns as a Spring 2017 Teaching Firm in Residence. 


logo of the 1772 Foundation1772 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.


A picture of a Santo Domingo StreetSpring 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.  


09_bonder_04-2017_0_0.jpgBonder speaks at Harvard’s Universities and Slavery Conference

Harvard University’s 2017 conference, “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History,” included RWU Professor of Architecture Julian Bonder as a speaker. 


07_goodyclancy_04-2017_0_0.jpgGoody Clancy firm, people and clients wins numerous national awards

Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence Goody Clancy.


10_rich_moers_04-2017_0_0.jpgRich, Moers featured in Singular Repetitions at UMASS Dartmouth

Professor of Art Michael Rich and Adjunct Faculty Denny Moers were featured in Singular Repetitions.


03_walley_02-2017_0_0.jpgRISCA Grant to RWU partner Arts in Common

The 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.


07_film_02a-2017_0_1.jpg10th Annual RWU Student Film Festival

Associate Professor Murray McMillan and Adjunct Faculty Amy Lovera curated student work for the 10th Annual RWU Student Film Festival.


08_varts_02-2017_0_0.jpgStudent Art Exhibitions in December

RWU’s Visual Arts Studies program hosted a show of student work installed both the Art Building and in RWU’s Global Heritage Hall.


11_duffy_02-2017_0_0.jpgDuffy featured in Wisconsin, New York, Israel

Elizabeth Duffy, Professor of Art, had her work, "Maximum Security 50 States Project: Wisconsin," which included screen-printed papers that include images of prisons in each state in the US, in the exhibition Why Wallpaper at the Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


14_butler_02-2017_0_0.jpgButler in Foreign Trends on American Soil

Sara Butler, Professor of Art and Architectural History, has written a book chapter, "The Garden Network: George Rogers Hall's Horticultural Activism," in "Foreign Trends on American Soil."


11_2016_03_joeb_moore_0_1.jpgMoore inducted into New England Design Hall of Fame

Joeb Moore, Principal at Joeb Moore Partners Architects, Greenwich, CT and Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence, was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame.


11_2016_07_silverthorne_0_0.jpgSilverthorne in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin

Jeffrey Silverthorne, Professor of Art and University Core Professor, lectured and had his work featured in San Francisco and Paris in October and November 2016, and will be featured in a Berlin Exhibition in December.


11_2016_012_marshall_0.jpgMarshall co-offers course at AAPL Annual Meeting

Philip Marshall, Professor of Historic Preservation co-offered a course, “Forensic Evaluations in the Elderly.”



02_bonder_02-2017_0_0.jpgBonder featured on Argentina Public Television

Julian Bonder, Professor of Architecture.



06_psnc_02-2017_0_0.jpgPSNC supports HP Archival Research

The Preservation Society of Newport County (PSNC) .



09_zipf_02-2017_0_0.jpgZipf published in Radical Teacher

Zipf describes “from its start, I wanted to take the long view of the subject, and to define both ‘architecture’ and ‘slavery’ very broadly.


08_varts_02-2017_0_1.jpgABX Alumni Reception sponsored by Tremco

SAAHP’s annual Alumni Reception at ABX (Architecture Boston Expo) on November 18, 2016 was sponsored by Tremco, as part of the Tremco Sustainable Practices Partnership which has completed its 2nd year.


01_issb_02-2017_0_0.jpgIIE, 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. 


04_aias_02-2017_0_0.jpgRWU sponsors AIAS 60th Anniversary Celebration

60th Anniversary celebration at the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) National Forum in Boston.



campus_fal_shot-slider_0.jpgRWU, RWU Law to Offer Scholarships to Displaced Students from Syria

University joins Institute for International Education’s Syria Consortium in helping architecture and law students to resume studies in safety.


09-2016-03_olgamesa_0.jpgOlga Mesa Joins SAAHP

Olga Mesa joins SAAHP as Assistant Professor of Architecture.



09-2016-06_moorejoeb_0.jpgJoeb Moore Partners, Greenwich Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence

Joeb Moore Partners Architects (JMPA) in Greenwich, CT.



09-2016-09_sholarship_0.jpg2016 RWU AIA Rhode Island Scholarship Winners

Two RWU Architecture students have won 2016 AIA Rhode Island Scholarship.



09-2016-12_dermody_0.jpgDermody at 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture

Educating Architects and Structural Engineers.



09-2016-01_gallerynight_0.jpgVARTS Student Work, New RWU Clay Studio Debut at Bristol-Warren Art Night September 29

RWU’s Art Studios and student work at the Byfield and Reynolds Buildings at 220 and 235 High Street, Bristol will be featured in the Bristol-Warren Art Night September 29 from 530-8PM.


09-2016-05_goodyclancy_0.jpgGoody Clancy, Boston Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence

Goody Clancy, Architecture Preservation Planning from Boston is a Fall 2016 Teaching Firm in Residence. 



06_psnc_02-2017_0_1.jpg2016 SAAHP Endowed Award and Scholarship Winners Announced

Supported through the generosity of numerous donors, 2016 SAAHP Endowed Award and Scholarship winners are announced.


09-2016-13_yui_1.jpgYui Chosen as Finalist in 2016 ABX EXPO Competition

Leonard Yui, Assistant Professor of Architecture, and Sahoko Yui were chosen as 1st phase finalists in the WHAT’S IN “The Quad: A Design Competition to Create Social Space completion as part of the ABX (Architecture Boston Expo) in November.


09-2016-02_mcmillan_0.jpgMcMillans at OYG in Brooklyn

“The Shifting Space Around Us,” a work of Megan McMillan and Murray McMillan, RWU Associate Professor of Art, was featured at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn August 27-September 25, with a reception on September 10.


09-2016-04_wesselg_0.jpgGinette Wessel Joins SAAHP

Ginette Wessel, Ph.D., joins SAAHP as Assistant Professor of Architecture, and will be teaching coursework in Site+ Environment, Urban and Regional Planning in Fall 2016. 


09-2016-08_andy_cole_0.jpgAndy Cole Wins Tremco Sustainable Practices Prize

Andy Cole, is the 2016 winner of the 2016 Tremco Sustainable Practices Prize. 



09-2016-11_gradstudents_1.jpgNew Graduate Students

SAAHP welcomes 45 new graduate students for Fall 2016.



09-2016-14_adjuncts_0.jpgNew Adjunct Faculty

The School welcomes several new practitioner/artist adjunct faculty for Fall 2016 in Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Visual Arts Studies.


Architecture Student Collaborates on Wave Energy Project Competing for $1.5 Million

Working with the Sea Potential team via Tinker Bristol, Andy Cole designed a scale model of the DUO Wave Energy Converter .


construction_management-slider_0.jpgRWU Announces $500,000 Gift to Establish Hassenfeld Projects

Transformative gift will deploy more students throughout Rhode Island to meet local community needs.


07-2016_cip_2_0.jpgSAAHP Career Investment Program Tops $1 million in Support for Student Interns

More than $1 million in funding for student internships has been provided since 2012/13 through SAAHP’s Career Investment Program, supporting students working in more than 100 firms and organizations in the US.


07-2016-11_edra_0.jpgPavlides leads EDRA symposium with RWU students Postian, Droogan, RIC and Manitoba colleagues

Professor of Architecture Eleftherios Pavlides PhD, AIA, organized a half day symposium at the International Environmental Design Research Association Conference EDRA47 in Raleigh on May 18 2016 entitled “A Case Study of Innovative Health Policy, Requiring Architectural Innovation, Based on Innovative Ethnographic Methods as a Paradigm for Shifting Towards Research Translation.”



Barker, White part of Catalyzing Newport Local Action Team
July 20, 2016
2001 Historic Preservation alumna Melissa Barker and Dean Stephen White participated as part of the Local Action Team in Catalyzing Newport’s June events, involving projecting two generations forward to the RI city’s Mayor’s Office 2061. 


06-2016_tau_sigma_delta_0.jpg2016 Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society Members

The 2016 new members of RWU’s Beta Tau Chapter of the national Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts were announced in May 2016.


07-2016-02_mcmillan_0.jpgMcMillans at yearlong MASS MoCA exhibition

The title of MASS MOCA’s exhibition from May 2016-April 2017, “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder.”


07-2016-05_tremco_0.jpgTremco sponsors AIA RI Education Expo on Sustainable Preservation

AIA Rhode Island and RWU’s collaboration with Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance on the AIA Rhode Island Education Expo continued for a 2nd consecutive year, held in a daylong program at RWU’s Richard L. Bready Sailing Center and the DF Pray Lecture Theater at the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. 


07-2016-08_aias_0.jpgRWU AIAS Chapter featured at AIAS Grassroots National Conference

RWU’s American Institute of Architecture Students chapter (RWU AIAS) Freedom by Design Project “Garden of Hope” was featured in a short documentary film at the annual Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.


07-2012-12_wells_0.jpgWells participates in Brazil, Canada, US in Spring 2016 conferences

Assistant Professor Jeremy Wells was involved in Spring 2016 scholarly collaborations in Canada, the US and Brazil, upon returning from his Fall 2015 Fulbright Scholar semester at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. 


07-2016-15_emerging_art-_studio_0_0.jpgEmerging Artist Program enters 5th year in Summer 2016

Five students from Mt. Hope High School are participating in RWU Art coursework in Summer 2016, beginning the fifth year of this partnership with the Town of Bristol. 


06-2016_pelumi_rev_0.jpg2015 / 2016 Undergraduate Student Award Winners

The 2015/16 School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation Award Winners.  



07-2016_02_nthpndc_0.jpgRWU hosts NTHP/NDC Historic Real Estate Finance Training Seminar

Roger Williams University hosted a weeklong National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) / National Development Council (NDC) Historic Real Estate Finance Training Seminar from June 6-10 at the Providence Campus, sponsored by the 1772 Foundation


07-2016-16_daubman_0.jpgKarl Daubmann, B.Arch. ’95, becomes Dean at Lawrence Technological University

Karl Daubmann, a 1995 RWU B.Arch. graduate, has been named dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University.  


06-2016_duffy_0.jpgDuffy's "Maximum Security" to Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

The work of Elizabeth Duffy, Associate Professor of Art and University Core Professor, was featured in a major exhibition, “Maximum Security” at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey from April 17-June 26, 2016, curated by Mary Birmingham, which also included an Artist's Talk by Duffy. 


07-2016-04_austin_scott_0.jpgAustin Scott wins top student award in International Obama Presidential Center Competition

Claiming second place overall in international competition for the Obama Presidential Library.


07-2016_messier_0.jpgTaylor Messier named Academic All-American

Taylor Messier, BS’16, has been named an Academic All American for her academic and athletic achievements in Architecture and softball.