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

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Recovery in reverse, Shiyu Bei

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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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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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Addicts of nostalgia, Samuel Robert Campbell Drake

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Personal analysis of the relationship of artist to the subject in figurative painting, Zuhal Feraidon

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In-between places, Jonah Fleeger

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Spontaneous laughter, laughter without reason, Evan Gilbert

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Train boy, Shannon Gross

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Distance is a place, Zhiqing Guo

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The moment someone opens a book, a Venus flytrap is tightening its cage, Chenlu Hou

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Architecture as magnet : extension to Fort Adams, Mingyi Hu

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Looking for, Dylan Hurwitz

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Exhibiting materiality : object for love attachment therapy, Yunhong Hu

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Instants // intervals, Valerie James

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Trademark, Cathryn Jasterzbski

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The line that splits, Zahra Jewanjee

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Among : a series of enactments, Joel F. Kern

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Let's meet over there / Eury Kim., Eury Kim

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Lateral movements : in multifaceted time and space, Jieun Kim

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The person-less portrait, Katelyn Ledford

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Tea journeys : exhibition as experience, Liujun Liao

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When we are old : a mutualism system for the canal network and its aging community, Jiali Li

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Road home : family renovation in rural China, Guijiadong Lin

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Making common, Elaine Lopez

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Personal trauma, community healing : reimagining sanctuary for survivors of gun violence, Eva McCarthy

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Standards, rules, setting, Robert McConnell

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Lost & found : a model for retreated landscapes, Madison Murray

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Abjad orientations, Mohammed Nassem

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Softweave, Annaka Olsen

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Groundwork, Marcus Peabody

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Where we are : where we thought we were going, Nathan Prebonick

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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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Body of work, Oliva de Salve Villedieu

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

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Evolution of a type : street vending as urban strategy in Guangzhou, China, Yuying Shen

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Film for landscape architecture : learning from Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, Ramon Solis

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

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Recharging Bangkok : a climate adaptive vision for Saen Saeb Canal, Ratchu Surajaras

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Landscape as framework : downtown revival through rebuilding spatial identity, Dawei Tang

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Cosmosis, Angela Torchio

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HAB mitigation : wetland restoration in farmlands, Jae Won Wang

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Edge of emergence : landscape as a journey of memory, Jiayue Wang

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Regenerative assemblage : future vision for the canals of Pingdingshan, Meng Wang

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Re-creation : a package design for daily life, Wei-Hao Wang

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When the wind blows, Yiying Wang

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Landscape succession : oil field transformed through landscape process, Yuanbin Wang

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The movement in nature : deep missing, missing you from far away, Chia-Chi Wu

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Regeneration of memory and home : rebuilding urban resilience and people's mental perceptions after the Camp fire in Paradise, CA, Xinye Xie

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Time traveler : interpreting landscape process through time by immersive narrative, Zhiyuan Yang

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Interface philosophy, June Yoon

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Game / landscape / us, Dongqi Zhang

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Emerging ecotone, Tongyi Zhang

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Salt pans matter : a system of ecology and culture cohabitation for Cabo de Gata, Andalusia, Spain, Chenglin Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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This is public work, Nick Adam

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Domestic disorientation, Marisa Adesman

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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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Life after dark, Austin Bamford

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Architecture as water-human mediator, Hui Bao

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Autonomous vehicle futures : designing experiences that enable trust and adoption, Jeremy Bass

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Creating connection in a digital society, Mariah Bennett

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Haptic wonder : the sensation of exquisite craft, Anjuli Berstein

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Ghost, a stone, Audrey Blood

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Between gods and animals : deconstructing heteronormative masculines pursuit to sustain power, Shawn Bush

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Haunt : casual surrealism, Cara Buzzell

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The space in between : liminal space, Wei-Chun Cheng

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Me too park : inform, connect, heal, Xiao Chen

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Placefulness, Ellen Christensen

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Revealing context & complexity in urban historic sites, Simin Chu

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Foodways for earthlings : recipes and tools for eating in extreme environments, Maggie Coblentz

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Opine : positioning architecture, Kevin Crouse

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

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Curious things, Allison Davis

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Ouroboros, Christopher Dove Drury

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Chaos and order, Jie Du

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Archinaut : Archinaut design laboratory office manual, Joseph Echavarria

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Idiosyncratic uniform, Erica Efstratoudakis

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Pretend power, Rosemary Engstrom

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Matriarchy, M. Camila Escobar Vélez

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Anachropomorphism!, Carson Evans

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The evolution of ornament, Charlotte Ngaio Fairless

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Living with impoundment, Chuxiong Feng

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Zoom-out : expansion of pedagogical approaches within moving image education, Thomas Flint

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To see again, Ada Goldfeld

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Lingua Franca, Tatiana Gomez Gaggero

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On the edge of being, Zoe Gross

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Space in between : finding a third space for art education & creative community, Denise Gunter

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Reveal the aura : RISD contemplative atrium, Shuyi Guo

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Wild power, Iris Han

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The contested landscapes of Mnemosyne : constructing maps of memory, Valeria Rachel Herrera

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

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We can HOST! : preparing Miami's neighborhoods for an amphibious future, Dongning Huang

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Woven curvature, Yuhao Jiang

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Summer peaches and salt-tinged fog, Carolina Jiménez