Architecture Masters Theses

Architecture Masters Theses

 

RISD’s Master of Architecture program is one of the few in the US embedded in a college of art and design. Here, architecture is taught in a way that understands the practice of design and making as a thoughtful, reflective process that both engenders and draws from social, political, material, technological and cultural agendas. The program aims to empower students to exercise their creativity by understanding their role as cultural creators and equipping them to succeed in the client-based practice of architecture.

The degree project represents the culmination of each student’s interests relative to the curriculum. A seminar in the fall of the final year helps focus these interests into a plan of action. Working in small groups of five or six under the guidance of a single professor, students pursue individual projects throughout Wintersession and spring semester. Degree projects are expected to embody the architectural values that best characterize their authors as architects and are critiqued based on the success of translating these values into tangible objects.

Graduate Program Director: Hansy Better Barraza

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Water ceremony, Adriana Alva

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Vacancy never vacant, Marina Bibidakis

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Change of plans: the subversive kit in the planned community, Hugo Caldwell

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Revisionist histories : Parallels of monuments and absence in the present, Scott Craft

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Field notes on seeing: archive of color, mirrors & light, Tori Deutch

Acoustic signatures: their study, representation, and agency in the experience of architectural spaces, Nathalie d'Hennezel

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In-between through : bordering bodies ; a spatial containment, Aroly Enamorado

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Tolerance : material conversations on life & architecture, Keyan Hansen

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Climate resilience for a neighborhood without privilege: East Boston, Peter Niels Heller

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Project fusion, Tianbao Hu

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Occupying the public : humans, space & identity, Brittany Knowlton

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Un-black boxing mitigation infrastructures : proposing alternative imaginaries for mono-functional and under-utilized urban backstages, Min Jin Kook

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The official showreel companion to framed familiarity in 4 acts : A defamiliarization of the tropes of architectural practice, through an expanded frame of view and frame rate, Julie Kress

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Two-gather / collective living : housing and recreational facilities in suburban Mumbai, Rashi Harshil Lalaji

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Playgrounds : symbiosis of humans, nature, and architecture, Hannah Langmuir

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Transform through architecture : a journey of discovery at the Providence Place Mall, Haoning Li

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About intimacy, Jiamin Lin

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Wrinkle architecture : the public relaxation pavilions for geriatric community in cities of Zhejiang after 1980's, Yi Lu

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Adaptive reuse pattern book : re-evaluating historical capital, Taylor McCabe

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Living together : revisiting the SRO + new forms of collectivity, Elizabeth Parker

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Digital duck, Zach Schumacher

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The story of Market House, Patrick Spence

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Intimacy in infrastructure, Andrew Sponseller

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Adapting home : residential development and domestic comfort in Vermont, Mikéla Sumner

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A city's culture should include birds : to rethink of architecture with birds in mind, Pan Sun

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Living rig island : an industrial symbiosis research and design proposal, Yangchuan Niko Tian

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Blueridgelivin' : environmental development and suburban sprawl, Chris Villalta

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Uncanny genericism, Eamon Wagner

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Possibilities in void, Fangyu Wei

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Specific : and practices in the urban periphery, Sam Wesselman

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Architecture of dreams, Alex Jing-Seng Wong

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Urban village compound : new collectives in Shenzhen, Lu Yu

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Relocation community revival, Zhan Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Slowness in the fray : architecture that orients to nature, Colin Christensen

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Urban acupuncture : can the deliberate use of tactical interventions reinvigorate informal settlements?, Robert Samir Diaz Vicente

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No long urban, can't be rural, definitely not suburban : the experience of Detroit, Karin Jane Hostettler

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Tanzania : a new architectural pedagogy, Cameron Leandri

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In the wake of the atoms+sphaira, Jesús Meléndez Vázquez

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The urban shelf : a hybrid between architecture and infrastructure, William Morales

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Trash as culture : culture as trash, Sara Naja

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Kippee-ki-yay : an energy case study, Madison Blaize Russ

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Can you shut the door? : exploring the personal as political in the domestic bathroom, Hannah Winders

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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The space in between : liminal space, Wei-Chun Cheng

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Opine : positioning architecture, Kevin Crouse

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Chaos and order, Jie Du

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Archinaut : Archinaut design laboratory office manual, Joseph Echavarria

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Woven curvature, Yuhao Jiang

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Throwing architecture to the sea : discipline out of context, Andrea Kelly

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Transporting eating architecture, Margaret Kiladjian

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The long forgotten city element, Yun Chu King

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Facade of democracy : realizing the architecture of the fourth wall, Johnny Yueh Han Lin

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Möbius system : a pseudo-world made from pseudo-science, Xinye Lin

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Designing for disaster resilience in Puerto Rico, Aislin Mac Donald

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The room : the space between, Adelaide Cushing Mackintosh

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In between, Farinaz Moslemi

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The present, Ann Motonaga

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Columns of some kind : kinetic, structural, formal, periodic & interactive elements of architecture, Jhanani Palanismay

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Redundancy for change, Kyuyeon Park

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A monument thesis, Graham Rice

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Joy through layered tension : convergent fire-escapes fulfill a new community, Luca Rivelli

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A third thing : an exploration of black hair in architectural design, Christina B. Schaller

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Decoding the digital border, Gian Villarruel

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Shadow theater, Yaodan Wu

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Open community : break up the "superblock", Ke Xie

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Nostalgia for the future : home 2028, Junqing Yang

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Ambiguous surfaces : dressing the wall, dressing the room, dressing the building, Danni Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Proximity, interaction, and evolution : taking a deeper look at the systems around us, Rachel Back

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Unfolding : architecture as dwelling in a folded space-time continuum, Feiyi Bie

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openness, Yu Cao

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Writing a city : a self-reflexive exploration between the lines, Po-Ming Chou

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The flood : another note of humanity, Muyi Fan

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The void between us, Xiaofan Fan

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Sculpting time in spatial narrative, Hua Gao

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Resilience on Wall Street, Rahul Ghera

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In between forces, Jungyun Lee

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Motion and architecture : transition between spatial fluidity and body language, Tong Li

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Simultaneity of space, Amy Lungariello

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Sharing : a synergy of natural forces, existing urban conditions and human characteristics, Zhen Meng

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Room in a forest, Amelia Millan Osma

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Perceptible ambiguity : learning center, Zhurong Qian

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Killing the angel, in the mind, body and home, Vaishnavi Ramesh

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Cultural infrastructure, public space, and the contemporary library in Toronto, Zoë Ritts

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Collective consumption : a game for living, Zachary Rochman

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Living on the edge : failure by design, Odile Schlossberg

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Envisioning ecological cities, Carlton Smith

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[DE]construction and [RE]construction : a promenade theater, Jingjing Zhao

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A tale of lights : light as the visual construct of the ephemeral space, Alice M. Zhen

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Origami condition design, Yin Lu

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Curating architectural spaces : a way of architecture production, Cheng Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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The complexity of plainness, Michael Clouse

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Faith in phases, Linyi Dai

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F(r)iction, Rami Hammour

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In light of light, Chen Sun