"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 from 2022

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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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Unfolding embodied experience: a process-driven immersive exhibition design model, Mooa Seongah Kang

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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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Block Chain Home, 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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Treeing: what remains of a pilgrim, Sichen Liu

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Anti-gentrification: reconnect Chinatown through culture practice, Xianzhongge (Allen) 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/accessible 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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World Settings, Elizabeth Meiklejohn

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How do you define the watershed? Individual representations of the Blackstone River watershed and their roles in collaborative watershed governance, Casey Merkle

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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

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Solar panels, Marco Nuno Mourão

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Extended reality interface, Neil Nelson

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Bewildering narrative, Ali Newhard

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Post-standardization, Hengrong Stanley Ni

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Design in support of playfulness, Seung Hwan Oh

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Connect: translating complexity through visual simplification, Ilhee Park

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The color of stress, Jiemin Park

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Domestic disturbance: cleaning, labor and maintenance of architecture, Valeria Portillo

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Care, inclusivity, and accessibility in Glass Art Education, Bridget Provan

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Emotional experience: An exploration of reestablishing the connection with nature through novel street tree planning in Providence, RI, Xiuyan Qin

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Cycle of care: a study based on home-care elderly living in Beijing, China, Wenyue Remi Qiu

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Soul soiree: how “Sunday best” dressing encourages celebration of self, Olufisayo Quadri

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Other realms, Louis Rakovich

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TOBETITLED, Dylan Riley

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The Aesthetics of the Mexican Public Garden and its Photographic Compositions (1912-1982), Victor Hugo Rivera-Diaz

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[daymeh] a postmemory database, Natalie Rizk

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Messy resurrections, Mia Rollins

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Re:Connection: exercises in unplugging and mindfully reconnecting, E. J. Roseman

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Pace/Place/Space/Tempo—The choreography of equity and expressions of Black Living, Vessna Scheff

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Shalom, Zoe Schwartz

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A collision of technology and art learning, Feifei Shen

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In this form, together, Elana Shvalbe

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Accidental Commensality Eating, Belonging, and Mazaa on the Streets of Jaipur, Rini Singhi

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Generative image systems and emergent play, Travess Smalley

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Breaking | Grounding | Growing: Expanding the Rhode Island gardening reentry programs as a pathway towards stability, Juliana Soltys

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Making Space : creative learners, digital spaces, and the relationships between them, Natalia Spritzer

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Uncaring universe, Jingqi Wang Steinhiser

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Military, art & the inbetween, Andrew Storck

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Artful healing: exploring creative expression and play in Children's Hospitals, Phoebe Strobino

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Mood follows matter, Maxwell Taylor-Milner

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Dear City, give me some space; creating space for ephemeral forces in a city, Abinaya Sivaprakasam Thamilarasan

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Slow ruptures; slow formations, Asta Thrastardottir

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From invisible to visible: the third wave/way of intervention for Dashilar, Jiali Tian

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The sky is falling, Alexis Tingey

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The value in intentional impermanence, Dominique Tsironis

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Dead Letter Room, Allie Tsubota

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Shifting landscapes, Zahra Tyebjee

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Deconstruct the center: making space for the voices in the margins, Taylor Varnado

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Salt infrastructures & geographies, Jordan Voogt

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Endless construction : occupant activism and authorship, Jiayi Wang

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Living with fire, Mohan Wang

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Farming publics: Use farming practices as a tool to de-alienate people with land, Sirui Wang

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Sensory resilience in urban walkingscapes: Space making strategies for streetside public systems in neuro- inclusive city visions, Yingying Wang

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Slow down: Investigating how pop-up installations transform multi-use space, Yuanrui Wang

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Landscape of resistance: reimagining public space for a vibrant socio-political life, Ziyu Wang

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We got this..., Julian Wellisz