"The first graduate program at RISD was established in 1957 with the MS in Art Education with the first MFA programs starting in 1961. We now have 16 graduate programs with 2 more being added in 2018.The core of any graduate program is concentrated and advanced study in an academic or professional field. Compared with undergraduate studies, graduate education is focused on producing original contributions to a field, based on research and advance practice. Graduate programs also provide the opportunity for more applied experience via internships, teaching or research. This is essential for RISD’s commitment to furthering the importance of art and design in the world and in producing distinguished professional and academic leaders." -Pradeep Sharma, RISD Provost 2014-2017

This collection presents student Masters Theses submitted and approved as graduation requirements from each of the 16 departments offering a graduate degree: Architecture, Ceramics, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Teaching + Learning in Art and Design, and Textiles. Postgraduate writing and research is also included.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Let us for once try to not be right, Merrick Adams

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Water ceremony, Adriana Alva

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Frankenstein, Ruins, & Twilight, Braden Bandel

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Vacancy never vacant, Marina Bibidakis

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Madrepora, Elizabeth Burmann Littin

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

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Recipes, Camille Chew

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Recycle bin (trashure), Eunhyung Chung

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, nevertheless,, Ji Yoon Chung

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The knots on the underside of the carpet, Lily Colman

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

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Survival feast, Charlott Dazan

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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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Mimesis : human-centered digital profiling visual identity, Yangyang Ding

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

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Slick and lumpy : heavy cream, Emma Fague

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This feels familiar, E. Winslow Funaki

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To make atmosphere, Gonzalo Galetto

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Amor fati, Keavy Handley-Byrne

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Tolerance : material conversations on life & architecture, Keyan Hansen

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Unbound, Changrui He

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

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American MFA Vol. III Academia, Kevin Hubbard

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Project fusion, Tianbao Hu

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In the flesh, Courtney Sierra Johnson

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Bundles and blanks and binds and bends, Steven Kaplan-Pistiner

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Hain't, Jarrett Key

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

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I - 0, Sanghyun Koh

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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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3, 2, 1, Omar Lalani

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

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First sweet truth, Jessina Lynn Leonard

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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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A space for reconciliation, Xiaoran Liu

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float i;, Zihan Iris Li

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The things of mind, Yini Luo

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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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Things that grew while I looked at the ground, Heather McMordie

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He makes the twigs our mouths to meet, Josh Meier

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The line, Hannah Oatman

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Tension in the curve, S.K. O'Brien

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Watermarks : the catalogue for home enthusiasts, Susana Oliveros Oliveros Amaya

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

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Smoke and mirrors, Kiernan Pazdar

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This side of the air, Madeline Peckenpaugh

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Slice of life : theater of the dinner table, Kate Pincus-Whitney

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Art beside a single handshake : can you believe it?, Tongji Qian

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Father figures, Chris Regner

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Digital duck, Zach Schumacher

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A little more like water, Jacqueline Scott

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Under / Over Looked, Kopal Seth

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Accessibility to possibilities : discover the unknown unknown worlds, Yutong Shen

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Storytelling in arts, Lindi Shi

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U+16E99, Bobby Joe Smith III

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Wrung from grave architectures, Megan Solis

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The story of Market House, Patrick Spence

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Intimacy in infrastructure, Andrew Sponseller

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Silence is a luxury, Elise Stephens

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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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Rootless, Lilla Szekely

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With eyes unclouded, Tiffany Tang

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

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How to be simultaneously precise and nondescript, McKinzie Trotta

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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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These inadvertent marks, Thomas Wilder

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Architecture of dreams, Alex Jing-Seng Wong

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Web trauma and haunting images : experimentations on materiality, installation, and operation of screens, June Yoon

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Make yourself at home, Han Seok You

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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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[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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Biomatters : future of biology as material source, Tareq Alzawawi

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Mis jarrones, Marco Sebastián Arroyo Hoebens

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Record : from signal to atmosphere, and the spaces between silence and noise, Amy Auman

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Glossary I : Graduate Thesis, Eli Backer

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American Slavic : and other writings, Zac Banik

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Recovery in reverse, Shiyu Bei

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Mindful interactions, Shreyans Bhandari

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Unimproved : land observation at the edge of progress, Adam Somers Bowen

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Throngs, Yinan Chen

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Walking mediation : bringing back rituals on temple visits on Mount Putuo, Zhejiang, China, Tianjie Chi

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

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Bitter son, Adam Chuong

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Tell me about a class at RISD : classroom experiences of multilingual, international Graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design, Madeline Conley

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Human artist, Nicholas Costantino

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Plenty : wanting, choosing,, overwhelming unloading, Christopher Cote

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The social life of working waterfronts : strategies for renewing the social value of productive harbors, Evan Davenport

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

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Addicts of nostalgia, Samuel Robert Campbell Drake