"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 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

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Bitter son, Adam Chuong

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Tell me about a class at RISD : classroom experiences of multilingual, international Graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design, Madeline Conley

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Human artist, Nicholas Costantino

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Plenty : wanting, choosing,, overwhelming unloading, Christopher Cote

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The social life of working waterfronts : strategies for renewing the social value of productive harbors, Evan Davenport

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Urban acupuncture : can the deliberate use of tactical interventions reinvigorate informal settlements?, Robert Samir Diaz Vicente

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Addicts of nostalgia, Samuel Robert Campbell Drake

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Personal analysis of the relationship of artist to the subject in figurative painting, Zuhal Feraidon

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Mais fica : more for me, Gabrielle Marie Ferreira

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In-between places, Jonah Fleeger

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Stepping aside, Juan Pablo Gutiérrez García

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Spontaneous laughter, laughter without reason, Evan Gilbert

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Train boy, Shannon Gross

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Distance is a place, Zhiqing Guo

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No long urban, can't be rural, definitely not suburban : the experience of Detroit, Karin Jane Hostettler

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The moment someone opens a book, a Venus flytrap is tightening its cage, Chenlu Hou

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Conversations in 2019, Kit Howland

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Works and process, Alex Hsu

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Architecture as magnet : extension to Fort Adams, Mingyi Hu

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Looking for, Dylan Hurwitz

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Exhibiting materiality : object for love attachment therapy, Yunhong Hu

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Instants // intervals, Valerie James

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Trademark, Cathryn Jasterzbski

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The line that splits, Zahra Jewanjee

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Among : a series of enactments, Joel F. Kern

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Let's meet over there / Eury Kim., Eury Kim

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Lateral movements : in multifaceted time and space, Jieun Kim

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Tanzania : a new architectural pedagogy, Cameron Leandri

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The person-less portrait, Katelyn Ledford

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Tea journeys : exhibition as experience, Liujun Liao

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When we are old : a mutualism system for the canal network and its aging community, Jiali Li

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Road home : family renovation in rural China, Guijiadong Lin

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Sky is sinking below the trees : two years of documentation and observations, Xuelun Li

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Making common, Elaine Lopez

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Personal trauma, community healing : reimagining sanctuary for survivors of gun violence, Eva McCarthy

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Standards, rules, setting, Robert McConnell

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In the wake of the atoms+sphaira, Jesús Meléndez Vázquez

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Externalized : origins of aesthetic motivations, Tim Miller

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The urban shelf : a hybrid between architecture and infrastructure, William Morales

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Pekka : social software to improve in-game dynamics, Yu Mo

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Lost & found : a model for retreated landscapes, Madison Murray

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Trash as culture : culture as trash, Sara Naja

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Abjad orientations, Mohammed Nassem

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Softweave, Annaka Olsen

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Socially engaging textiles, Ruchi Pathak

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Groundwork, Marcus Peabody

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Where we are : where we thought we were going, Nathan Prebonick

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Playfulness : exploring experience through a trajectory, Yingjing Qu

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Awe-struck, Emily Robertson

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Kippee-ki-yay : an energy case study, Madison Blaize Russ

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Re-activating collective memory : museum as a workshop, Sfoorti Sachdev

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Body of work, Oliva de Salve Villedieu

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An intricate ensemble : the art-science of an ecological imaginary for the Anthropocene epoch, Alyce Santoro

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Grid as a frame, young In Sa

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Field in adaptive reuse : discussion of the existence of the field and its influence, Yilun Shao

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Evolution of a type : street vending as urban strategy in Guangzhou, China, Yuying Shen

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Floating, Nina Shishkina

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Film for landscape architecture : learning from Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, Ramon Solis

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Breaking barriers, opening doors : integrating the formerly incarcerated with community, Ruoyi Song

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Icarus : how to survive the fall, Emile Stark-Menneg

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Recharging Bangkok : a climate adaptive vision for Saen Saeb Canal, Ratchu Surajaras

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Landscape as framework : downtown revival through rebuilding spatial identity, Dawei Tang

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Cosmosis, Angela Torchio

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Remembering culture in the modern era : cultural center SPA Grössling, Alex Trajanov-Godmas

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HAB mitigation : wetland restoration in farmlands, Jae Won Wang

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Edge of emergence : landscape as a journey of memory, Jiayue Wang

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Regenerative assemblage : future vision for the canals of Pingdingshan, Meng Wang

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Re-creation : a package design for daily life, Wei-Hao Wang

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When the wind blows, Yiying Wang

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Landscape succession : oil field transformed through landscape process, Yuanbin Wang

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Supposing truth is a woman, Chloe Wilwerding

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Can you shut the door? : exploring the personal as political in the domestic bathroom, Hannah Winders

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The movement in nature : deep missing, missing you from far away, Chia-Chi Wu

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Regeneration of memory and home : rebuilding urban resilience and people's mental perceptions after the Camp fire in Paradise, CA, Xinye Xie

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Time traveler : interpreting landscape process through time by immersive narrative, Zhiyuan Yang

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Interface philosophy, June Yoon

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Game / landscape / us, Dongqi Zhang

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Emerging ecotone, Tongyi Zhang

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Salt pans matter : a system of ecology and culture cohabitation for Cabo de Gata, Andalusia, Spain, Chenglin Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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This is public work, Nick Adam

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Domestic disorientation, Marisa Adesman

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Evoking the divine : from secular to sacred and back again, Dragos Tiberiu Alexandru

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Environmental diversity for student residence life, Jiaying Bai

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Life after dark, Austin Bamford

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Architecture as water-human mediator, Hui Bao

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Autonomous vehicle futures : designing experiences that enable trust and adoption, Jeremy Bass

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Creating connection in a digital society, Mariah Bennett