Interior Architecture Masters Theses

 

Interior Architecture offers the following degree program options at the graduate level:

• Master of Arts (MA) in Adaptive Reuse, a one-year+ program

• Master of Design (MDes) in Interior Studies / Adaptive Reuse, a two-year+ program

• Master of Design (MDes) in Interior Studies / Exhibition + Narrative Environments, a two-year+ program

Both programs take an innovative and progressive approach to addressing design issues intrinsic to the reuse and transformation of existing structures. US News & World Report and Design Intelligence have both ranked RISD’s Interior Architecture programs among the top in the country.

Each MA candidate produces a final project that begins with a research component in the fall and evolves into a studio/design project in the spring. MDes candidates demonstrate competency through self-directed Degree Projects that include a seminar on theory, a research component and a studio component. Each DP focuses on the transformation of an existing structure of their choice in the city of Providence. All MA and MDes candidates also participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

Graduate Program Director: Markus Berger

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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RISD Club, Madeleine Devall

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Imagine of space : rest(ing) rooms for high-stressed RISD students, Fang Ho

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We are what we dispose : continuation of culture through recycling at Rhode Island School of Design, Xinzhou Jiang

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Wellness within reach : life / work balance within the RISD campus, Kyunghwa Kang

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Lighting : an atrium core to reconnect with the sun, Quan Lei

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Creative collisions : a RISD case study, Hannah Liongoren

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Building community : network within grey space, Lingfei Liu

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Building as reef, Anna Morataya Quan

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Hill study : re-energize highly-programmed hill study space, Di Qiang

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Into the open : blurring building fences, Chun Qiu

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Updraft : crafting a new passive cooling, Hobin Song

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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A place for family: support health through community, Jiaqi Li

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We can be heroes: enriched spaces for men of color, Ann McKinnon

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Equilibrium: public spectacle for social integration, Reem Al Thani

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Community in a post-diest world, Kirby Benjamin

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The post office reimagined : restoring healthy living in America, Mallory Buck

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Power shift: a catalyst for architectural transformation : rapid transit, Cincinnati, Dachamont Kaewket

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Redefining liminal spaces through natural phenomena, Hanna Kim