Student-led podcast series featuring conversations with fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni at one of the world’s premier colleges for art and design. In partnership with Fleet Library at RISD.
In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, rizdeology was founded in order to connect the fragmented RISD community, which had been displaced around the globe. The podcast's intention was to help share conversations about RISD's past, present and future from current students, faculty and alumni. Podcast founder and current host, Michael J. Farris (BArch 2023), is a senior in the department of architecture and spearheaded this incentive out of his spirit for community engagement. As of fall 2021, Fleet Library is partnering with rizdeology to capture, preserve, and spread the voices of RISD for generations to come. Please contact Fleet Library at email@example.com if you have any questions or interview inquiries.
Willem Van Lancker and Michael J. Farris
On this episode, I sat down with RISD Graphic Design Alumni Willem Van Lancker. Willem is a designer and entrepreneur who co-founded Oyster and today helps lead company incubation at Thrive Capital. We spoke about his advice to find intersections in your career as they often lead to the most creative outcomes, his role and passion for hospitality, and his bespoke career path since graduation.
Deborah Berke and Michael J. Farris
On this episode, I sat down with RISD Architecture alumna Deborah Berke, founder of Deborah Berke Architects and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. We spoke about what life would be like living in year 1,000, the lack of optimism in retirement communities across the United States, and how her RISD education helped land her first job as a graphic designer at an engineering firm in New York City.
John Maeda and Michael J. Farris
On this episode, I sat down with former RISD President John Maeda. We spoke about how the 2008 global financial crisis shaped his presidency, the role social media and Twitter had on this international appearance, and his courage of conviction amidst pushback from RISD faculty and staff.
Michael Maltzan, Michael J. Farris, and Architecture Department
On this episode, I sat down with Michael Maltzan, RISD Architecture Alumni and founder of Michael Maltzan Architects in Los Angeles, California. We discussed how RISD taught him the fundamentals of how to see, his interest in the formation of The United States of America, and how growing up in the post war suburb of Levittown, Long Island led him to yearn for a life out west.
Julie Mehretu, Benjamin Edwards, Michael J. Farris, and Painting Department
On this episode, I sat down with Julie Mehretu & Benjamin Edwards from the RISD painting class of 1997. We spoke about the risk of RISD's increasing tuition, the advice & mentorship of a life changing faculty member, and their thoughts on the newest art form to hit the market: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT's).
Andrew Martinez, Michael J. Farris, and RISD Archives
On this episode, I interviewed Andrew Martinez, RISD Archivist. We discussed how RISD catalogs, stores and documents everything from the board of trustees' minutes to student drawings dating back to 1877. We also discussed the important work Andrew is doing to orally record all 50 faculty and staff who decided to retire due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Finally, I inquired how RISD purchased the Market House building for $10.00 back in 1948.
Mike Fink, Michael J. Farris, and Literary Arts & Studies Department
Longest serving faculty member in the history of Rhode Island School of Design, Literary Arts & Studies Professor Mike Fink discusses how he single handedly saved Carr House Cafe, his hope to become the next RISD president and his love for South Park. Please excuse the audio quality as Mike's wonderful beard slightly interfered with the microphone.
Laura Browne, Stephen McCaughey, Michael J. Farris, and Fleet Library
Senior library assistants Laura Browne and Stephen McCaughey discuss the impact of COVID-19, the secret vault hidden below Fleet Library, and debated killing spiders.