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

    “Work in the disciplines we teach in the Architecture + Design division extends from the conceptual, cognitive and ergonomic domains to human factors and the organization of space and systems. Students in these majors make everything from small objects, instruments, products and digital devices to apparel, furniture, lighting, housing and other buildings to the design of systems and environments.”

  • 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).