"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 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

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Haptic wonder : the sensation of exquisite craft, Anjuli Berstein

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Haunt : casual surrealism, Cara Buzzell

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Me too park : inform, connect, heal, Xiao Chen

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Placefulness, Ellen Christensen

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Revealing context & complexity in urban historic sites, Simin Chu

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Foodways for earthlings : recipes and tools for eating in extreme environments, Maggie Coblentz

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Amending the idle : an analysis of urban idle spaces + third places, Paige Davidson

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Curious things, Allison Davis

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Ouroboros, Christopher Dove Drury

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Idiosyncratic uniform, Erica Efstratoudakis

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Anachropomorphism!, Carson Evans

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The evolution of ornament, Charlotte Ngaio Fairless

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Living with impoundment, Chuxiong Feng

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To see again, Ada Goldfeld

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Lingua Franca, Tatiana Gomez Gaggero

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On the edge of being, Zoe Gross

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Reveal the aura : RISD contemplative atrium, Shuyi Guo

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Wild power, Iris Han

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Moments of rotary motion : temporary use in vacant industrial heritage architecture, Xuecheng He

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We can HOST! : preparing Miami's neighborhoods for an amphibious future, Dongning Huang

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Summer peaches and salt-tinged fog, Carolina Jiménez

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Really clean no problems at all, Christina Johnston

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Sky well, Molly Kaderka

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Letsqube, Biniam Assegid Kebede

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Tightrope walking on the red lines, Arghavan Khosravi

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The bird's eye view, Ipek Kosova

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Preventing lonely death, Hyun Kyu Lee and Menghan Zhou

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Embody phenomenal transparency : the expanded application of "phenomenal transparency" in landscape architecture, Hongfei Li

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Floating Miami, Jiongye Li

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Reviving floodplain in Miami, Shangyuan Li

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Journey through the wasteland, Songlin Li

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BioVice: a survival tool company, Chubai Liu

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Field guide : collected studies of a symbiont, Jennifer Livermore

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Tiny Diasporas, Angela Lorenzo

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For a better normal : fostering the informal sector in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, as a pathway for economic stabilization, Jonathan W. Melendez Davidson

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Capes make the man, Khalid Mezaina

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Left hand stories, Saif Mhaisen

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Castles in the sky, Iva Milovanović

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Rising above disruption, Paola Alexandra Mondino

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Providence productivity framework : ideas for a network of sites rethinking productivity in Providence, Patricia Noto

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Reading rooms, Jinhwa Oh

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Very-Asian variation, Nicholas Oh

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Space, Junk, Brandon Olsen

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Hyperlink : connecting space, time, language, and technology, Marie Otsuka

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Pienso en ti, Gina Gwen Palacios

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From armor to augmentation : reclaiming my everyday body, Molly Palecek

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Wastescape : stitching the process of natural decomposition back into the public realm, Yu Pei

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Bound by // to // in earth, Lila Pickus

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Harmless Studio, David Thomas Pittman

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A natural circus, Cecilia Plasencia

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Constellations, Maria Rull Bescós

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In a distant land, Ohad Sarfaty

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Dispatches from planet nowhere, Aaron Field Simmons

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Radically normal : the menstruation issue, Kathryn Smiley

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Talking to computers, Jen Spatz

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The dream alchemy, Yue Tan

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Purpose after tragedy, Elena Tepavac

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Circle, loops, straps, tracks, towels, Laura Thatcher

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Squishy Play, Lauren Traugott-Campbell

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A place for plastics : bioplastics, bacteria and our thoughtless acts, Megan Valanidas

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Cosmic whatever, cement gardens, luminous shade, Winifred Vaughan

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Monument for feeling : Notes from the Archivist, Melissa Weiss

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Home · land : Olmsted's legacy and gentrification in Boston, MA, Jessica Wilson

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Memory.zip, Yu-Hsing Wu

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Water voyage from Quabbin to Boston, Ling Xia

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Future street, Wushuang Xing

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Living with mega-cavity, Ankang Xu

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Understanding dwelling beyond the terrestrial, Sungkyu Yang

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City in / above water, Jin Yan

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The Arctic Commons, A. Gavin Zeitz

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Threading puddles : stormwater management as a way to address the impact of Miami's future fresh water shortage due to increasing water demand and saltwater intrusion, Jing Zeng

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Guide the flood : Miami vulnerable neighborhoods flood adaptation design, Zhe Zhao

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The future of agriculture in Miami, Siyu Zheng

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Architecture as an adapter : a revolution in high-rise corporate architecture, Nan Zou

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Tendrescopic endeavors and other dynamics, Jared Akerstrom

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The past is today, Afra Al Dhaheri

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Otra vez : hierarchy as designer, Jordyn Alvidrez

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Creating access and equity in arts education : strategic partnerships for systemic change, Colleen C. Andrews

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Thesis, Robert Joseph Anspach

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The creative process : gathering for meaning, Charity Appell McNabb

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Communicatronics, Adi Azulay

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Proximity, interaction, and evolution : taking a deeper look at the systems around us, Rachel Back

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Let's get hairy : women, body hair and stigma in arts education, Chaitra Bangalore

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Fluid solid : can we converse with granite?, Patrick T. Beals

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I was there : irreversible view, Asma Belhamar

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Anchored in place : locational identity + new genre public art, Stephanie Benenson

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Na'aseh : ritual in practice, Anna Henrick Karpatkin Benjamin

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Dermis, Julia Betts

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Unfolding : architecture as dwelling in a folded space-time continuum, Feiyi Bie

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Double takes : secular magic & empathic vision, Lake Buckley

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Balance speaker : efficient work and break, Jin Cao

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openness, Yu Cao