"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 2017

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Frame-work, Drew Litowitz

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Building community : network within grey space, Lingfei Liu

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Thresholds : natural phenomena, urban form, equilibrium, Peiyi Liu

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P-Lax : toys for adults, to play & relax, Zhizi Liu

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Simultaneity of space, Amy Lungariello

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In the marketplace, Anina Major

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Empowerment of people of all abilities, Kasia Matlak

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Jettison all stories : experimenting with our relationship to the physical, Alyssa R. Mayo

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Transitions : designing acceptance in a world of change, Hanna McLaughlin

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Sharing : a synergy of natural forces, existing urban conditions and human characteristics, Zhen Meng

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Room in a forest, Amelia Millan Osma

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Building as reef, Anna Morataya Quan

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The farce of the frame, Dominic Musa

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I trace the fold : fluidity and flux in the terrain vague, Alicia Oas

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Deceptive fragility : characteristics and fabrication methods of extra thick weft-knitted spacer fabrics, Anastasia Onegina

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Anthro/post/cene, Sofia Ortiz

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I remembered I am happy, Emily Pan

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Traversing ambiguities : rebuilding perspectives through designed visual education, Mudita Pasari

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Intrigues and priorities : critical thinking and contemporary art in visual arts education, Connor Phillips

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FLoop : improving eating habits, Namrata Phirke

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Hill study : re-energize highly-programmed hill study space, Di Qiang

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Look up, city skygazers, Yiyang Qian

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Perceptible ambiguity : learning center, Zhurong Qian

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Into the open : blurring building fences, Chun Qiu

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A normal novel collection, Xiaopeng Qi

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Killing the angel, in the mind, body and home, Vaishnavi Ramesh

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How to get school children access to urban farming by activating vacant land and rooftops, Yixin Ren

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Light on : the value of art & art education, Juri Rhyu

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Cultural infrastructure, public space, and the contemporary library in Toronto, Zoë Ritts

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Collective consumption : a game for living, Zachary Rochman

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Materializing conflict and resilience, Neta Ron

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How to become ocean?, Elaina Runge

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gRave : landscape necromancy, Jil Sanchez

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Sometimes the sh*t stays messy : critical frameworks for arts-based researchers & educators, Zoe Schein

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Living on the edge : failure by design, Odile Schlossberg

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Sight lines, Makia Sharp

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Scripting allographs, June Shin

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Borderscape : weaving political boundaries in the Amazon through water performance, Lucila Silva-Santisteban

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Transforme : a look at sports beyond the gender binary, Courtney Skabelund

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Envisioning ecological cities, Carlton Smith

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Updraft : crafting a new passive cooling, Hobin Song

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Our measured world : a poetic translation, Minryung Son

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Good times, Tim Stoelting

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Blood in the water : tracing an interspecies alliance between at-risk humans and jellyfish in the Mediterranean, Ala Tannir

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Untitled, Ting Tan

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I am come back to you, Eleanor Tomlinson

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The last objects, Melissa Tyson

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Perceptual alchemy, Evan Voelbel

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Grid talk : giving a voice to energy infrastructures, Kelsey Wakefield

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Culturally integrated space, Jing Wang

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Viaduct landscape, Juanru Wang

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Between thoughts : on the interconnectivity of things, Yunzhu Wang

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Hear her sing, Da Wei

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Bodypart + object, Creama Wong

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Identity production, Boyang Xia

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Impractical community, Zixin Xiong

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Poetic features beyond functions, Lu Xu

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Twilight revelation, Shuwen Xu

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Grid in landscape architecture, Ying Xu

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Design syncopations, Mary Yang

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The untold tale, Yan Zeng

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Wayfinding streetscapes : how to integrate a wayfinding system into the streetscape, improving public transit and pedestrian mobility, Lu Zhang

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Remnant landscapes as homo sapiens preserves : It is the dystopian utopia, the shrine for modernity, the home of everyone, Yuan Zhang

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Expressionism in furniture, Zihan Zhang

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[DE]construction and [RE]construction : a promenade theater, Jingjing Zhao

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Thrive in sea level rise, Xiang Zhao

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A tale of lights : light as the visual construct of the ephemeral space, Alice M. Zhen

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Similarity in a distance, Ran Zhuo

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The emotional intelligence of machines, Lokesh Zope

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Hyphen nation: a reconciliation, Lynn Amhaz

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Once there was there wasn't, Svetlana Bailey

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Memory: tangible decay & growth, Rebecca J. Buglio

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Through magic glasses, Katie Bullock

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Rapid response, James Chae

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Li remembered, Meredith (Yue) Du

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Modus operandi, Nabil Gonzalez

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Eulogy, Luci Jockel

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Empathic exchange, Yu-Jung Kim

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Verb things: changing the conversation, Kendra Kirchmer

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Continuum of significance, Diane Lee

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Live edges: all possible adjacencies, Rebecca Leffell Koren

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Miles away, Ziqing Liang

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A place for family: support health through community, Jiaqi Li

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Hybrid spaces in the city, Zhihao Li

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Origami condition design, Yin Lu

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Between material and landscape, Martin McDermott

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We can be heroes: enriched spaces for men of color, Ann McKinnon

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Practice makes practice, Gabriel Melcher

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Dimensional flatland: Beamer, drone, flash drive, Scarlett Xin Meng

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Traversing languagescapes, Desmond Pang

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Frequency, Andrew Pick

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Expanding horizons, expanding self: an incentive to get out of the classroom and start using art to explore your community with placed-based arts investigation, Erin Poindexter

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& surface, Adam Mickey Porter

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Context clues, Brynn Trusewicz

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The operational interface, James Wheaton

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Curating architectural spaces : a way of architecture production, Cheng Yang

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Obsessed with obsessions: design for obsession, Vara Yang

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Interplayable surface: an exploration on augmented GUI that co-exists with physical environments, Hoon Yoon

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Above the urban surface, Xirui Zhang

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Interior mountains & distant clouds, Ping Zheng