Landscape Architecture Masters Theses

 

Fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects, RISD’s MLA program is unique in that it gives students access to a wide range of fine art and design courses on campus, along with classes at Brown University, study abroad options and a six-week Wintersession that allows for focused study on campus or off. In addition, the program revolves around environmental and global issues, with recent involvement in projects in Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ghana and beyond.

In the final year, students complete the course of study by developing a thesis and a methodology for testing their conceptual premise through a committed design project. This final requirement differs from most programs, and allows students to spend the time they need to develop a visual and written language that articulates their interests and future direction. All MLA candidates also participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Fluid solid : can we converse with granite?, Patrick T. Beals

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Water for the future, Ziqing Chen

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Narratives of public space : a manifesto for future urban landscape in Manhattan, Jaehong Chung

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Surveillance city in a post 9/11 era, Wanting Dong

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Super natural : hybrid strategies for urban flood protection in Coney Island NY, Georges Fischer

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Healing landscapes, Siyi He

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Inhabit the storm : emergency evacuation route, Anastasiia Isakova

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Light installations for LE, Yiqi Jiang

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Remediating the garment industry, Kellie Knight

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Landscape as an interactive layer, Yifan Kong

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Alleyways as avenues, Rebecca E. Ladd

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Thresholds : natural phenomena, urban form, equilibrium, Peiyi Liu

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Look up, city skygazers, Yiyang Qian

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How to get school children access to urban farming by activating vacant land and rooftops, Yixin Ren

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gRave : landscape necromancy, Jil Sanchez

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Borderscape : weaving political boundaries in the Amazon through water performance, Lucila Silva-Santisteban

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Grid talk : giving a voice to energy infrastructures, Kelsey Wakefield

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Culturally integrated space, Jing Wang

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Viaduct landscape, Juanru Wang

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Twilight revelation, Shuwen Xu

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Grid in landscape architecture, Ying Xu

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Wayfinding streetscapes : how to integrate a wayfinding system into the streetscape, improving public transit and pedestrian mobility, Lu Zhang

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Remnant landscapes as homo sapiens preserves : It is the dystopian utopia, the shrine for modernity, the home of everyone, Yuan Zhang

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Thrive in sea level rise, Xiang Zhao

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Hybrid spaces in the city, Zhihao Li

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Above the urban surface, Xirui Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Rising with the water, Xi Yang