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 2020

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Lacunae in the urban landscape, Meriem Aiouna

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Melting away - Ilha Formosa, Hao-Chun Chang

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Behind appearance : hidden dimensions in the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, Ning Ding

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Realistic utopia : utopian architecture exhibition at Arcosanti, Xiao Fang

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Contextualize, Jiaai He

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Community pop-up galleries : the instruction manual, Mary Iorio

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Living under surveillance, Fan Jia

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Urban memory : Beijing City wall ruins reconstruction & exhibition, Yuan Jin

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Dialogue across time : Atlanta, 1996 and 2020, Qianyu Liu

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Exploration and autonomy : wild children in the city, Xiaojie Li

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Getting closer : exploring re-contextualization in exhibition, Yiran Mu

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Generating tension : memorial of sexual slavery, Mary Park

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Ciudad informal : a new model for urban living, Rebeca Isabel Peña Reinoza

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The milky way : agritourism on a Chinese dairy farm, Wanyue Qiao

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Reactivating street life : fostering more communal interaction in Longtang, Ziyang Qiu

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Banoo-Serai : an all women sanctuary, Kimia Rahnavardi

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Envisioning work : an autism friendly and anxiety free office, Naixin Ren

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Re-connect, Xin Ren

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Creating a safe haven : a study on coastal resilience in a time of climate change & sea-level rise in the Philippines, Maria Carla Victoria M. Sebastian

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Unite the divided : the transition between death and life, Qing Shi

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Practicing a senior living, Siyu Shuai

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Re-source : Re-source your resources, Raquel Swartz

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Lived-in grassland : nomadic architecture in the nomadic community of Mongolia, Linxi Wang

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Living and alive : homeless shelter design, Zixu Wang

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Re-occupation : buildings, ideology and decolonization in Northeastern China, Ziyu Wei

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The ultimate task of public libraries : introducing architecture as pedestal, Elaine Wu

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Reality behind beauty : Hayao Miyazaki's perspective of human and nature, Tianyang Wu

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Individuality : enhance living in Shenzhen's urban village, Lanting Zhong

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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[Super] structure : expanding the network / reclaiming the path, Anna Albrecht

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Integration as a catalyst for change : school for Rohingya children, Naeera Ali

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Architecture as magnet : extension to Fort Adams, Mingyi Hu

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Exhibiting materiality : object for love attachment therapy, Yunhong Hu

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Tea journeys : exhibition as experience, Liujun Liao

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Road home : family renovation in rural China, Guijiadong Lin

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Playfulness : exploring experience through a trajectory, Yingjing Qu

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Re-activating collective memory : museum as a workshop, Sfoorti Sachdev

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Field in adaptive reuse : discussion of the existence of the field and its influence, Yilun Shao

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Breaking barriers, opening doors : integrating the formerly incarcerated with community, Ruoyi Song

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Remembering culture in the modern era : cultural center SPA Grössling, Alex Trajanov-Godmas

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Evoking the divine : from secular to sacred and back again, Dragos Tiberiu Alexandru

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Environmental diversity for student residence life, Jiaying Bai

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Architecture as water-human mediator, Hui Bao

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Creating connection in a digital society, Mariah Bennett

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Revealing context & complexity in urban historic sites, Simin Chu

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Amending the idle : an analysis of urban idle spaces + third places, Paige Davidson

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Reveal the aura : RISD contemplative atrium, Shuyi Guo

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Moments of rotary motion : temporary use in vacant industrial heritage architecture, Xuecheng He

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Preventing lonely death, Hyun Kyu Lee and Menghan Zhou

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Rising above disruption, Paola Alexandra Mondino

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Bound by // to // in earth, Lila Pickus

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Gassed out, Toban Shadlyn

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Purpose after tragedy, Elena Tepavac

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Understanding dwelling beyond the terrestrial, Sungkyu Yang

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Architecture as an adapter : a revolution in high-rise corporate architecture, Nan Zou

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