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  • New Leaders in Architectural Education

    With the new appointment of Deborah Berke BArch 77 as dean of the Yale School of Architecture, five RISD alumni now head major schools of architecture in North America.

  • Remaking History

    Centuries-old textiles in the amazing collection at the RISD Museum inspire students to create stunning contemporary work in response to specific pieces. 

  • Art for People

    Public arts administrator Liesel Fenner MLA 98 collaborates with artists to transform and revitalize once-ignored public spaces.

  • Champion of Failure

    After winning two fellowships at graduation, Whitney Oldenburg MFA 15 PT is happy to continue turning life’s disappointments into compelling works of art.

  • NSF Backs Advances in Textile Design

    Having just won part of a $1.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation, Brooks Hagan MFA 02 TX is leading RISD’s new Virtual Textiles Research Group.

  • Starting Off with a Bang

    Newly hired Assistant Professor of Jewelry + Metalsmithing Arthur Hash combines old-world techniques with new tools and technology.


    RISD and PBS LearningMedia provide classroom teachers with online lesson plans highlighting natural connections between art and science.

  • Design Thinking in DC

    After graduating from both RISD and Brown, Hannah Koenig BRDD 14 is adept at bringing art and design to unexpected places.

  • Naturally Sustainable

    Interested in how textile design can empower rural communities, Maharam Fellows Lyza Baum 16 TX and Emilie Jehng 16 TX  researched natural dye practices on the remote Filipino island of Bohol.

  • Out of this World

    Newly hired Assistant Professor of Apparel Design Gwen van den Eijnde designs clothing and costumes that are stunning, timeless and otherworldly.

  • Brilliance + Clarity

    Glass artist Toots Zynsky 73 GL collects the 2015 Smithsonian Visionary Award and is as busy as every preparing for three new shows.

  • Nonagenarian Stands Out

    Though she happily accepted the Kresge Foundation’s 2015 Eminent Artist award, 91-year-old designer Ruth Adler Schnee 45 IA is even happier that she’s still productive in her studio. 

  • Design Duet

    Meghan (Cowan) Devinat 01 JM and Benoit Devinat BID 02 are juggling family life with getting their new business off the ground.

  • Creating Comedy

    Hard work and focus pay off for NYC producer Ryan Cunningham 02 FAV, who is now helping to create some of television’s funniest moments.

  • Sheltering Shellfish in the City

    RI Youth Conservation League volunteers help RISD grad students make habitats for species known to improve coastal water quality.

  • Winning Design for the Windy City

    Assistant Professor of Architecture Aaron Forrest is working with colleagues Yasmin Vobis and Brett Schneider to build an outlandish kiosk on the lakefront in Chicago.

  • Refreshing Ideas in Apparel Design

    As the new head of Apparel Design, British designer Neil Gilks is looking forward to building on RISD’s interdisciplinary “magic.” 

  • Escaping Escapism

    Through his conceptual videogame Static Lagoon, Prashast Thapan 14 GD aims to provoke players into unplugging and looking beyond the screen.

  • Design in the Public Sphere

    A new Institute for Design and Public Policy will introduce strategists from public and private organizations to human-centered design as a means of solving complex problems.

  • Ideas Born on Paper

    Drawing Ambience, an exhibition on view at the RISD Museum, offers a glimpse into the generative process used by seminal architects prior to the digital age.

The façade of the Chace Center, a new multipurpose hub that opened
in 2008, offers an interesting contrast to the historic campus
buildings that surround it.