"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 2022

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Ports of entry, Forough Abadian

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Revisionist Zinealog : a coacted countercultural device, Madaleine Ackerman

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Matingkad - Flamboyant, Bhen Alan

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Reengineer value, Maxwell Altman

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Space in sound, Gidiony Rocha Alves

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Anybody home? Figural studies in architectural representation, David Auerbach

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An atlas of speculating flooded futures ; water keeps rising, Victoria Barlay

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That mirror again, Kyros Barton

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Ready made, made ready: everyday objects for everyday emergency, Dara Benno

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Notes on institutional architecture ; towards and understanding of erasure and coversation, Liam Burke

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Dying differently: designing a death-oriented psychedelic treatment center, Grace Caiazza

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Designing ecotones : implementing regenerative patches in urban environments for transdisciplinary and transcultural creativity-based education, Cristiane Marie Caro

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Traveling troubled wallflower, Julius Cavira

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Memories unboxed: connecting people with stories of our possesssions, Megan Tzu-Hsien Chao

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To be seen to be heard: embracing social anxiety in the workplace, Jingxuan Chen

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X-Era: adaptation to the future uncertainty with sustainable Indigenous wisdom, Ruoyuan Chen

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Revolution of STEAM Education: The Importance of Interdisciplinary Art Education (STEAM) In Elementary Education, Suyu Chen

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Blurred Lines: border crossing between Macau and Zhuhai, Weiwei Chen

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Systemic design: Experiments to trigger pedestrian empathy in the urban system, Yu Chen

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City of intelligent soil: systematic approach towards urban soil mutualism, Yuting Chen

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For a moment, I was lost ; a visual reflection on the process of grief and mortality within the home, Adam Chiang-Harris

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Remnants, Sarah Chriss

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Creative changemaking : designing is teaching, Kaitlyn Cirielli

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A thesis on the entanglement of art and design, Racquel Clarke

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What the water says as it runs, Jeanette Cosentini

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Community conservation & engagement through the architecture of public transportation, Liam Costello

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Practice makes perfect : finding inspiration in art education, Mercedes Rose Crespo

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Embedded are the embers of echoes, Sarah Jane Cribbs

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Sacred pleasures : a patronage festival of the erotic and play, David Dávila

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Notes to myself, Anna Dawson

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Regenerative residences: shrinking stress levels in the sky, Peter de Lande Long

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Attuning the viewfinder, Ian de Silva

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Fertilizer waste mistreatment facilities: investigating the barrier that keep waste in and attention out at Central Florida's phosphogypsum stacks., Harsha Devaraj

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Disoriented: navigating the nuances of communication, Ann Dinh

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Caregivers as worldbuilders, Caitlin Dippo

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Youkoso Tokyo : Guidebook to a new cybercity, Evelyn Ehgotz

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Home: a landscape of narratives ; spaces through story telling, Tania S. Estrada

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Capture, control, circulate : can we queer regulatory power in Graphic Design?, Adie Fein

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To mine or not to mine? Epistemological development of the Pebble Mine landscape in Lake Iliamna area as a resilient commons system, Chenfang (Vincent) Gang

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A digital surreal, Michael Garel-Martorana

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Moving through time, Anca Gherghiceanu

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A wavering line, Ginger Gordon

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Rising to the occasion : a resiliency strategy for Brickell, Miami, Stephanie Gottlieb

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Just enough, Amelia Greteman

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Food for an island : on the relationships between agriculture, architecture and land, Melinda Groenewegen

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Urban vine: reimagine the scaffolding as a repair opportunity to transform the ecosystem, Shuyi Guan

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Alien Encyclopedia, Zengqi Guo

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Arriving in the city: reimagining the urban footholds for rural workers, Xinlei Gu

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Sobremesa, Charlie Herbozo-Vidal

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Wall, Jazzmynn Chang Hong

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Scalability system: A tool for bioregional navigation, Lulu Hou

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Towards a new immersion, Kaijie Huang

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We walk, we live: reclaiming the rights of female and other gender minorities to the urban commons, Wenxi (Hillary) Huang

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Darkness matters: understanding the ecological effects and human sensory perception of night lighting, Zitong (Shirley) Hui

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Rememory, Jonathan Mark Jackson

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Holding spaces, Zibby Jahns

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Vulva gazing: power and the gendered body, Aaliya Jamal Zaidi

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Transnationals; or, the modern Frankenstein, Kai Ji

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Re-order the order of thing, Yingxi Sabrina Ji

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The great delusion, Beth Johnston

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Miles and miles and miles, Shannon Rose Jones

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Openness, Qiwen Ju

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Astoria houses: a resilient community, James Juscik

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Adaptive reduce: forging architectural futures through degrowth, Erika Kane

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Healing the Black Butterfly: reparation through resources, Danasha Kelly

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New revelations, Ineke Lynne Knudsen

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Field guide to gendered public life : balancing the preservation of the existing vibrant public life with the improvement of the female experience, Christina Koutsoukou

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What do we stand for?, Lauren Koven

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Disinheritance as critique: the paintings of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Sabo Kpade

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!, Nick Larson

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Retelling a landscape through the alchemy of recasting, Amanda Lee

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Amending the idle: an analysis of urban idle spaces + third places, Jonggun Lee

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Immortal/ ephemeral/ versatile, Zhenhong (Brad) Lei

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Time enough at last, Scott Lerner

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Mason & Dixon: History and Identity in the Borderlands, Drew Leventhal

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Regenerating the ground: Using regenerative agricultural practices to increase urban food production and restore the health of soils, Yuxiao Liao

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Last sunset : design to alleviate social isolation for Chinese elderly, Linghui Li

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I don't quite remember it that way, Margaret Lindon

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Objects in transformation, Caroline Coxe Lippincott

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Anti-gentrification: reconnect Chinatown through culture practice, Xianzhongge Liu (Allen)

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Treeing: what remains of a pilgrim, Sichen Liu

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System as a living organism, Xinyi Liu

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Aquatic assemblages: improving dragonfly habitat and water quality in an urban park, Yan Liu

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Unnoticeable city corners, Yuchen Liu

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Trash matters: material strategies for prolonging the life of single-use plastic, Zixin Li

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Immaterial realities, Tyler Lovejoy

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Infection-free landscape: adaptable urban open space design during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Weirong Luo

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Abyss without vertigo, Jack Madden

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Rebuilding Collective effervescence : a "Ballroom" for post-pandemic revelry, Di Ma

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Houston, TX Walkable Circuit interventions to aid Houston’s safe/acccessible walk-ability, Isabel Manahl

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All at sea, Yangyang Mao

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Reference: a field guide for new practices, Eric Mason

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A fleeting landscape: resurrecting the edges of the estuary, Vrinda Mathur

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Wanderer, Yuhan Ma

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Contemporary Eco Theory in Art Education: field notes and desire paths, Margaret K. McCullough

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With water, KT McLeod

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Material Illumination, Lauren Mikaela Glenn

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Offshore speculation: generative ethics for submerged lands, Leigh Miller

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Baseball camp and other stories, Lucas Mockler

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Scaffolding: medium, mediator, mediated, Mono Yingyi Mo