"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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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

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The story of Market House, Patrick Spence

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Intimacy in infrastructure, Andrew Sponseller

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Silence is a luxury, Elise Stephens

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An exploration of multisensory practices and its value in K-12 Art Education, Melissa St Pierre

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Adapting home : residential development and domestic comfort in Vermont, Mikéla Sumner

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A city's culture should include birds : to rethink of architecture with birds in mind, Pan Sun

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Urban palimpsest: re-placing memory in war torn city Dresden, Xinyi Sun

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Re-source : Re-source your resources, Raquel Swartz

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Rootless, Lilla Szekely

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With eyes unclouded, Tiffany Tang

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Reviving the hollowing rural village: research on the coastal mountainous region of Kaihua, China, Rui Tao

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How to be simultaneously precise and nondescript, McKinzie Trotta

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Blueridgelivin' : environmental development and suburban sprawl, Chris Villalta

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Uncanny genericism, Eamon Wagner

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To protect the hell yeah and every hell yeah's variations, Lukey Walden

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Lived-in grassland : nomadic architecture in the nomadic community of Mongolia, Linxi Wang

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Internal resonance, Xiangyu Wang

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Living and alive : homeless shelter design, Zixu Wang

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Possibilities in void, Fangyu Wei

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Green arteries, Jiapan Wei

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Re-occupation : buildings, ideology and decolonization in Northeastern China, Ziyu Wei

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Specific : and practices in the urban periphery, Sam Wesselman

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These inadvertent marks, Thomas Wilder

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Architecture of dreams, Alex Jing-Seng Wong

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The ultimate task of public libraries : introducing architecture as pedestal, Elaine Wu

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Reality behind beauty : Hayao Miyazaki's perspective of human and nature, Tianyang Wu

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Discovering the potential of the public realm : revitalizing dead zones in Fall River, Massachusetts, Rui Xie

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Energy convergence, Xiaoyu Xu

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Surviving in a gregarious world, Shiyang Yao

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Web trauma and haunting images : experimentations on materiality, installation, and operation of screens, June Yoon

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Make yourself at home, Han Seok You

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Finding identity in memories, Hyejun Youn

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Urban village compound : new collectives in Shenzhen, Lu Yu

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Clay beneath the tree: an exploration of design processes in community development, Shiya Zeng

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Something to see here, Weixi Zeng

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Fluid urbanism, Huachen Zhang

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Restorative urbanism: redefining socio-ecosystems in Manila, Kaixin Zhang

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Relocation community revival, Zhan Zhang

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Individuality : enhance living in Shenzhen's urban village, Lanting Zhong

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Ether: a social design, Zihan Zhou

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Utopian fantasy, Yue Zhuo

Theses from 2019

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[Super] structure : expanding the network / reclaiming the path, Anna Albrecht

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Integration as a catalyst for change : school for Rohingya children, Naeera Ali

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Biomatters : future of biology as material source, Tareq Alzawawi

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Mis jarrones, Marco Sebastián Arroyo Hoebens

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Record : from signal to atmosphere, and the spaces between silence and noise, Amy Auman

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Glossary I : Graduate Thesis, Eli Backer

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American Slavic : and other writings, Zac Banik

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Recovery in reverse, Shiyu Bei

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Mindful interactions, Shreyans Bhandari

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Unimproved : land observation at the edge of progress, Adam Somers Bowen

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Throngs, Yinan Chen

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Walking mediation : bringing back rituals on temple visits on Mount Putuo, Zhejiang, China, Tianjie Chi

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Slowness in the fray : architecture that orients to nature, Colin Christensen