"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 2020

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This feels familiar, E. Winslow Funaki

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To make atmosphere, Gonzalo Galetto

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A material cooperation over time, Diana Marcela Gallo

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Urban storytelling: rebuilding the understanding of place via immersive narrative, Xue Gao

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Flowing garments: textile waste reutilization in landscape design, Fengjiao Ge

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Voran Test Lab : An exploration of teaching collaborative problem solving and critical thinking through emergent gameplay, Taber Gifford

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inVisible: a guide to understanding & designing for introverts, Ashesh Gohil

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Glurp, glurp, glurp, Zihe Gong

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Through the labyrinth, Rebeca Gonzalez Morales

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How to do things with things, Emily Guez

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Amor fati, Keavy Handley-Byrne

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Tolerance : material conversations on life & architecture, Keyan Hansen

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+ one : a new companionship, Vivien Mengjiao Han

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Unbound, Changrui He

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Contextualize, Jiaai He

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Climate resilience for a neighborhood without privilege: East Boston, Peter Niels Heller

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American MFA Vol. III Academia, Kevin Hubbard

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Generative landscapes: successional and equitable plant propagation on Rhode Island's public lands, Elizabeth Hunt

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Project fusion, Tianbao Hu

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Mountainous city, Yixuan Hu

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Community pop-up galleries : the instruction manual, Mary Iorio

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

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Living under surveillance, Fan Jia

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Urban memory : Beijing City wall ruins reconstruction & exhibition, Yuan Jin

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In the flesh, Courtney Sierra Johnson

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Bundles and blanks and binds and bends, Steven Kaplan-Pistiner

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Hain't, Jarrett Key

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Here and there: a continuous narrative, Hye Young Kim

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Expanded skin, Jihoo Kim

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Skew-morphic dream, Yoonsu Kim

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Occupying the public : humans, space & identity, Brittany Knowlton

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Cross your fingers, Ayumi Kodama

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I - 0, Sanghyun Koh

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Territories of trash: designing the overlap of spaces of disposal and acquisition, Mary Kokorda Cavazos

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Dynamic landscape: The theatre of time unfolding, Mo Kong

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Un-black boxing mitigation infrastructures : proposing alternative imaginaries for mono-functional and under-utilized urban backstages, Min Jin Kook

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The official showreel companion to framed familiarity in 4 acts : A defamiliarization of the tropes of architectural practice, through an expanded frame of view and frame rate, Julie Kress

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Defining Montréal: An exploration on the evolution of Montréal’s brand and cultural representations since 1930, Liliane Lai

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Two-gather / collective living : housing and recreational facilities in suburban Mumbai, Rashi Harshil Lalaji

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3, 2, 1, Omar Lalani

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Playgrounds : symbiosis of humans, nature, and architecture, Hannah Langmuir

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New media art: curating social justice in contemporary art museums and arts organizations, Kyung Eun Lee

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First sweet truth, Jessina Lynn Leonard

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42nd Soundscaping: sound as media for reshaping urban ecology, Chao Li

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Encouraging creative behavior through art education, Elaine Li

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Transform through architecture : a journey of discovery at the Providence Place Mall, Haoning Li

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About intimacy, Jiamin Lin

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Kainan Liu, Kainan Liu

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Dialogue across time : Atlanta, 1996 and 2020, Qianyu Liu

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3D simulation in flooding Providence, Qing Liu

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A space for reconciliation, Xiaoran Liu

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Exploration and autonomy : wild children in the city, Xiaojie Li

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float i;, Zihan Iris Li

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Ancient hyper present, Sophie Loloi

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Bluenessless, Yuxin Long

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The things of mind, Yini Luo

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Wrinkle architecture : the public relaxation pavilions for geriatric community in cities of Zhejiang after 1980's, Yi Lu

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Lift a life, Vidur Madhav

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EthnoGraphemes, Vaishnavi Mahendran

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Sensuous knitting: making practice that (re)members ecological entanglement, Sarah Manion

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Urban ecotone: restoring the water-land balance as a strategy for social equity, Yuzhe Ma

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Adaptive reuse pattern book : re-evaluating historical capital, Taylor McCabe

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Things that grew while I looked at the ground, Heather McMordie

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He Makes the Figs Our Mouths to Meet and Throws the Melons at Our Feet, Josh Meier

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Night Knights: reminding children that their nighttime fear isn't something they have to face alone, Ji Hyung Moon

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Landscapes of exposure: reframing the connection between body + environment, Kayla Murgo

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Getting closer : exploring re-contextualization in exhibition, Yiran Mu

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The line, Hannah Oatman

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Tension in the curve, S.K. O'Brien

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Watermarks : the catalogue for home enthusiasts, Susana Oliveros Amaya

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What is rural design? decentralized & community-driven approaches for the Green New Deal that value existing rural land and community, Cornelia Overton

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Living together : revisiting the SRO + new forms of collectivity, Elizabeth Parker

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Generating tension : memorial of sexual slavery, Mary Park

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Smoke and mirrors, Kiernan Pazdar

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This side of the air, Madeline Peckenpaugh

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Ciudad informal : a new model for urban living, Rebeca Isabel Peña Reinoza

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Slice of life : theater of the dinner table, Kate Pincus-Whitney

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Art beside a single handshake : can you believe it?, Tongji Qian

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The milky way : agritourism on a Chinese dairy farm, Wanyue Qiao

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Fifty fifty: redefining domesticity, Ziying Qiao

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Reactivating street life : fostering more communal interaction in Longtang, Ziyang Qiu

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Banoo-Serai : an all women sanctuary, Kimia Rahnavardi

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Growing Quelites in the city: exploration on memory and food sovereignty in Mexico City, Paola Valeria Ramirez Ensastiga

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Father figures, Chris Regner

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Envisioning work : an autism friendly and anxiety free office, Naixin Ren

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Re-connect, Xin Ren

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Bug chaser, Peter Rogers

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Digital duck, Zach Schumacher

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A little more like water, Jacqueline Scott

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Creating a safe haven : a study on coastal resilience in a time of climate change & sea-level rise in the Philippines, Maria Carla Victoria M. Sebastian

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The objects around us., Rohit Sen

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Under / Over Looked, Kopal Seth

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Accessibility to possibilities : discover the unknown unknown worlds, Yutong Shen

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Storytelling in arts, Lindi Shi

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Unite the divided : the transition between death and life, Qing Shi

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Totem: An embodiment of human character and personality in footwear design, Sushant Shivaram

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Practicing a senior living, Siyu Shuai

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U+16E99, Bobby Joe Smith III

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Togather: To gather together, Kyungah Sohn

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Wrung from grave architectures, Megan Solis