"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 2021

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Insecurities: tracing displacement and migration, Hammad Abid

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Responsive markets: structures supporting economic activity in postcolonial Mumbai, Bilal Ismail Ahemed

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Designing for space; exploring ways of simulating nature and everyday activities in zero-g environment, Sayit Alisan

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Is it real?, Hana Al-Saadi

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Solastalgic ecotone: the critical zone in suspension, Bareeq Bahman

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Fableware from the garden of the grotesque, Matt Becker

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Open articulations, Matthew Bejtlich

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Sapping, smudging, staining: a feminized body, Breslin Shea Bell

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Whores, sluts, and bitches; the perceived limits of sexualisation and the affects on space, Chloe Jenny Bennie

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Paperwork, Romik Bose Mitra

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Psychological well-being through music listening, Majed BouGhanem

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Black exposure: a new typology, Teisha Bradley

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Cloak Wood, Thomas Brett

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Bootstrapped: the Cowboy Nomad from Silicon Valley, Emily Bright

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Shoes for advanced urban surfaces, Karan Buasakdi

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Imprints of home, Sara Burashed

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Posthuman ecologies, Christine Chang

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After plastic waste : plastic bottle knitting machine - design for value of recycling plastic, Du Cheng

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The sixth migration - rural/urban "heterotopia", Pan Chen

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Inclusive multi-sensory landscape: directing visually impaired people in a perception world, Tianqi Chen

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Urban tree community: living with tree spirits, Xueying Chen

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The story of water, Zhanyi Chen

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Loneliness / Togetherness : Interiority and connection under isolation, Huaqin Chin

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Space between memories: pause, Young Jae Cho

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Imaging "Interracial": performing racialized desire in "interracial" heterosexual hardcore pornography, Megan Christiansen

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When art education meets environmental issues: the interconnectedness of art and science, Eunhyung Julie Chung

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Polyrhythms, Kevin Costante

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Loose threads / Hilos sueltos, Estefanía de Ros

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Becoming a precipice: the liminality of queer cruising, Chance DeVille

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Community, harana & karaoke: towards a theatrical design, Ryan Diaz

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Personal positioning system, Laura Diez de Baldeon

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In and of the body, Nicola DiFusco

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Dal and rice, Anushka Divecha

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Taking care, John Dixon

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Cultural acupuncture: decentralization and deocratization in Chinese exhibition design, Ruohan Duan

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What do I see between 2 to 8 o'clock, Youtian Duan

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Katti-Batti : a digital tool for young adolescents to transgress the limitations of gender socialization through empathy & friendship, Chetan Dusane

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Beyond conscious: the knowing of self-owned anxiety, WenYu Du

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Rebuilt the fading vicinity, Yifan Du

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The portal : a tool for uncertain times, Sophie Fi Engel

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Parentheses asterisk ellipses, Everett Epstein

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Blur the boundaries: an aerial coexisting system for birds and humans on rooftops, Yu Fang

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Algal alterity : a study of Florida's algae-crisis-culture, Katelyn Flood

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Dress your chair, Yumeng Gai

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Adaptive reuse as evidence of scientific progress: recontextualizing a space for growing knowledge, Kayci Gallagher

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Art can empower children and lead them to think seriously about significant critical issues, Jialu Gao

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Holding: speculative infrastructure for fire mitigation, Ian George

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This trash is someone else's problem, Lauren Goodman

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Mars is for fags, Justin Quaid Grubb

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Creative learning: art as a language for students with diverse learning styles, Lana Gunn

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Architecture of ageing care: a field through architectural innovation, Eve Huining Guo

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Rewilding Seattle: a green network for both humans and non-humans, Zhouqian Guo

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Preserving modern architecture & new railway infrastructure in New Delhi, Yash Sahai Gupta

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Building empathy at the intersection of art, nature, & culture: a field guide for art educators, Jasmine Gutbrod

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Reclaiming modern architecture: an urban visual narrative of Kuwait City, Yara Hadi

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Unraveling the living: reframing cramped housing as a social living, Dong-zoo Han

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An invitation, Ashley Harris

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Beyond pasta: understanding Italian American culinary culture in Federal Hill, Chufan He

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Going back, Zhiyi Hilary He

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Prepositions, Alexis Hill

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Manahatta, Nicholas Hinckfuss

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Refiguring relations, Daphne Hsu

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Inter - : design for fostering action-oriented awareness towards sustainable transition, Elena Danlei Huang

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Move in the internet, Jennifer Ziyuan Huang

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Living objects, Katie Tzu Hua Huang

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Contemporary art warfare, Zongxian Huang

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Augmented city, Xing Huan

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The art of microbe maintenance: value and applications in design, Yujin Hwang

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Mutable landscapes: diversity through the lens of the earth's biomass, Ilya Iskhakov

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Distilling the Narragansett Bay, Parker Ives

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Out of bounds, Luciana Iwamoto

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The TEK-way: traditional ecological knowledge: a catalyst to building resilient communities, Smera Rose Jacob

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New old: artmaking and storytelling with older adults, Aisha Jandosova

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Feral devices : an additive fabrication, Kat Jarvinen

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Woven healing: reimagining the rural health center, Mahasweta Jayachandran

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Wounds need air, Camilla Jerome

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Transforming islands: a living memorial for the Marshall Islands, Chengwen Jiang

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Reimagining the damage: an exploration on urban brownfield regeneration strategies, Jun Jiang

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Living · Sharing · Connecting : rebirth of Longchang Apartments Heritage Community, Linhong Jiang

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Migrating architecture: vernacular futurism, Yichu Jiang

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The reenactment : "object" as performance, Yue Jiang

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A hypothetical debate, Talya Kantro

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Re-foresting: cohabitation of human and trees, Chengyu Ke

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Filmic landscape: a performative space with multi-medium, Zhihong Ke

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A house on a street: a proposal for the multi-generational house in America, Ian Johnson Kienbaum

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The second home: breaking the cycle of lonely death, Woohee Kim

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Play & protest, James Kloote

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Breaking the mold: a journey of the brick, Sumanth Krishna

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Balance the conversations, Karen Kuo

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Tracking traces, Songan Kyung

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CTRL SHIFT, Kit Son Lee

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Community Healthcare Clinic - adaptation system to the pandemic and post pandemic periods, Nhu Le

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City of archive: visualize and spatialize archive, Zaiheng Liang

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Many stories meet: an unexpected tea-party, Ari Lichtenstein

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Land, labor, water: an agricultural commons in the Central Valley of California, Jacob Lightman

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Post-industry brownfield renewal system: precision strategy and design via the new methodology, Sirui Li

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Inside out: rethinking contemporary Chinese art and global creative economy, Tiange Li

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Kitsch study and Chinese kitsch market, Jiaqi Ellie Liu

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996 & anti-996, Jinmi Liu

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Fluid ground: imagining a floating future for Tuvalu, Yuxi Liu