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

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

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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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Spontaneous laughter, laughter without reason, Evan Gilbert

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Looking for, Dylan Hurwitz

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

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Making common, Elaine Lopez

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Standards, rules, setting, Robert McConnell

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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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Body of work, Oliva de Salve Villedieu

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Cosmosis, Angela Torchio

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

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Interface philosophy, June Yoon

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Game / landscape / us, Dongqi Zhang

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

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Really clean no problems at all, Christina Johnston

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Sky well, Molly Kaderka

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Letsqube, Biniam Assegid Kebede

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Throwing architecture to the sea : discipline out of context, Andrea Kelly

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Tightrope walking on the red lines, Arghavan Khosravi

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Transporting eating architecture, Margaret Kiladjian

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Learning environments of our stories, Grace M. Kim

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The long forgotten city element, Yun Chu King

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The bird's eye view, Ipek Kosova

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Preventing lonely death, Hyun Kyu Lee and Menghan Zhou

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Embody phenomenal transparency : the expanded application of "phenomenal transparency" in landscape architecture, Hongfei Li

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Floating Miami, Jiongye Li

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Facade of democracy : realizing the architecture of the fourth wall, Johnny Yueh Han Lin

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Möbius system : a pseudo-world made from pseudo-science, Xinye Lin

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Reviving floodplain in Miami, Shangyuan Li

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Journey through the wasteland, Songlin Li

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BioVice: a survival tool company, Chubai Liu

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Field guide : collected studies of a symbiont, Jennifer Livermore

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Tiny Diasporas, Angela Lorenzo

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Designing for disaster resilience in Puerto Rico, Aislin Mac Donald

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The room : the space between, Adelaide Cushing Mackintosh

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In exchange, Anna McNeary

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For a better normal : fostering the informal sector in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, as a pathway for economic stabilization, Jonathan W. Melendez Davidson

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Capes make the man, Khalid Mezaina

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Left hand stories, Saif Mhaisen

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Castles in the sky, Iva Milovanović

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Fungible commodities, Kelly Taylor Mitchell

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Rising above disruption, Paola Alexandra Mondino

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In between, Farinaz Moslemi

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The present, Ann Motonaga

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Providence productivity framework : ideas for a network of sites rethinking productivity in Providence, Patricia Noto

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Reading rooms, Jinhwa Oh

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Very-Asian variation, Nicholas Oh

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Space, Junk, Brandon Olsen

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Hyperlink : connecting space, time, language, and technology, Marie Otsuka

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Pienso en ti, Gina Gwen Palacios