Academics

Architecture + Design

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  • Architecture + Design is RISD’s largest division in terms of enrollment, with both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in seven departments. Although the majors and degree programs in the division may be understood as related under the larger nomenclature of the ‘visual arts’ or under the rubric of ‘design,’ they represent seven distinct disciplines with unique histories, methods and professional practices.

  • Nancy Skolos | dean

    “Working alongside RISD’s Fine Arts disciplines, the departments in Architecture and Design strive to bring imagination to the forms of everyday experience. A diverse faculty offer many points of view—encompassing history, theory, production and entrepreneurship—and challenge students to go deep into their discipline while also understanding their work within greater systems and contexts. The Division of Architecture and Design is composed of multifarious practices that utilize a range of distinct processes to engage students in the creation of fonts, posters, user experiences, handheld objects, clothing, furniture, interior spaces, buildings, landscapes and more.”

  • Architecture + Design Departments

    As a design and architecture collective, each discipline in the division retains an individual, unique status as a professional degree program, recognized by national accreditation boards such as the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB); and the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).