"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 2021

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El suelo en duelo, Mariana Ramos Ortiz

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In service of _____; an inclusive architectural collage practice, Blair Ramsey

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Virtuality, reality, community, Siqi Rao

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Phefumula Nami, Ndivhuho Rasengani

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listening to the unhearable, Ollie Rosario

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Dive, Aparna Sarkar

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Hard work / soft work, Nicole Schonitzer

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Blue loops, Rebecca Senn

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Synthetic undulation: improving the marine life quality on the Indonesian island of Seleyar, Shreeyaa Shah

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Terminal: through the "windows" of a Tram Car Museum, Yuyi Si

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sometimes like butterflies, Edward Steffanni

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Unfold the body, Fan Su

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Sensory bridge, Ouqiao Sun

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Knowledge from below, Meghan Surges

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The ephemeral altar & the floating grave, Hannah Suzanna

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Ritualizing of space in the 21st century: fostering of communal identity through celebration of Tamil culture, Mridula Swaminathan

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In the muck and the mire, Orli Swergold

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Zoomorphic extended body, Nicholas Tamas

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Community steward of the deep bay: staging Lau Fau Shan for resiliency through collective participation, Lauren Tam

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Sensory refreshment: TCM reconsidered, Ni Tang

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Segments of reality: interface / space / movement, Yuan Tao

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Reconstructing property, borders, and sites: nestling the built, Christina Truwit

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An evolving process: patterns and objects, Shreya Tuli

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Healing through architecture: role of architecture in promoting healing in cancer care settings, Vrindha Vijay

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I think we have some connection difficulty: a review of architectural vocabulary and representation in our condition of remote communication, David Waite

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Hybrid garment, Diya Wang

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Counting pebbles wasn't even a class in high school: seeing visual arts education through a process-forward lens, Em Xiangning Wang

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Across the boundary: addressing segregation along transportation infrastructure, Ruochen Wang

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Remember me: how we can modify the home for people with dementia, Wenjin Wang

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Dead space: the changing discourse of death: how to design a contemporary and enduring funeral practice, Xin Wang

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Regional food self sufficiency: new visions for productive landscapes, Yiling Wang

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Design for the past, Zexi Wang

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The retrieval of memory: holding time in the Shanghai gasometers, Liman Wei

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Wandering land: landscape on space station, Xin Wen

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Ecotourism in vacationland: shoreline development and economic inclusion on the Southern Maine coastline, Quinn Christopher Wilcox

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Like water taught by thirst, Emily Wilker

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Material Encounters: Making Memory Beyond the Mind, Ariel Wills

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Everyone I have every crowed with 2021-, Hannah Lutz Winkler

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Elsewhere: impressions of sense & nonsense, Madeline Woods

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Fostering cultural understanding: mirroring ways of living in Providence, RI, USA and Beijing, PRC, Jiarui Tina Wu

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Balancing the tangible and intangible, Shiqi Wu

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Uncertainty wanted: deconstructing gender gap in parenting mentality, Zimeng Xiang

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The bridge / the stream / the home: interactive social housing typology in Wuxi, Weiyi Xia

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Optics / perception / experience: regenerating agricultural landscape through railways, Tianyi Xie

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A family game: tell the stories that shape us, Zhuoyan Xie

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Security blanket, Danni Xu

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A better city for her: design safer public spaces for women in the United States and China, Geruihan Xu

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The relativity of value, Lai Xu

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The future of Beijing urban courtyards, Zhuoqi Xu

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Futuristic communication, Haotian Yang

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Remembering Chinatown: a fusion of food, identity, & memory, Robert Yang

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Mother river: restoring transiting producing, Rui Yang

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Eco-corridor for wildlife: reclamation of wildlife habitat in Rhode Island, Xiaodong Yang

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The body extended, Yi Yang

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Cognitive development & art education: relationship, suitability, and future implications, Zheng Yao

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Textile architecture, Zoe Yates

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Control theory, Colin Yoon

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A journey to the deep self, Fengkun Yu

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Overflowing boundaries: competition and mutualism in urban villages, Chen Zhang

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Negative carbon growth in the atmosphere: to reverse the growth of carbon in the atmosphere through urban reforestation, Hanchao Zhang

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Eco-concrete: reimaging Nantucket infrastructure system, Huaiwen Zhang

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Water inspired places, Jiaqi Zhang

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Fossil morphology, Leah Zhang

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Translated architecture, Ruiqi Zhang

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Driftscape: maximize urban space uses in the context of densification, Sida Zhang

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The second identity: the human-otters ha-ha - utopia for urban animals, Yuxin Zhang

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Vernacular Future Architecture, Yang Zhao

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Feeling at home: working with the rhythm of the day to support seniors in urban villages, Guoxi Zhou

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Rural acupuncture: carefully introducing tourism within an underground village, Shangyun Zhou

Theses from 2020

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Let us for once try to not be right, Merrick Adams

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My millennial Asian fetishized American fantasy, Seyong Ahn

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Lacunae in the urban landscape, Meriem Aiouna

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Water ceremony, Adriana Alva

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Frankenstein, Ruins, & Twilight, Braden Bandel

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Temporal collisions, Lizzie Baur

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Sol, John Beck

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Vacancy never vacant, Marina Bibidakis

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Exploring multimedia storytelling as a novel tool to inspire Americans to participate in wildlife conservation, Megan Brief

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Artist-facilitator : making knowledge by making art, Aaron Broadbent

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Madrepora, Elizabeth Burmann Littin

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Change of plans: the subversive kit in the planned community, Hugo Caldwell

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Strata : lessons in latency, Mukul Chakravarthi

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Melting away - Ilha Formosa, Hao-Chun Chang

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Repairer's recipe : volume 0, Joyce Chang

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Experience the world: How the ever-present accessibility of hands-on opportunities & play enhance logistical learning, Mary E. Chavez

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Recipes, Camille Chew

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You are trapped., Will Chouinard

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Recycle bin (trashure), Eunhyung Chung

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, nevertheless,, Ji Yoon Chung

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Ocean state food stories, Charlotte Clement

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The knots on the underside of the carpet, Lily Colman

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Revisionist histories : Parallels of monuments and absence in the present, Scott Craft

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Beautiful dirt : exploring the American taboo of death through the things we leave behind, Jake Dangstorp

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Re: Ornament, Aleks Dawson

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Erik DeGiorgi, Erik DeGiorgi

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Designed body, Jingwei Deng

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Field Notes on Seeing: An Archive of Color, Mirrors, and Light, T. Deutch

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Acute, Alex D'Haeseleer

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Acoustic signatures: their study, representation, and agency in the experience of architectural spaces, Nathalie d'Hennezel

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Behind appearance : hidden dimensions in the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, Ning Ding