Daniel Hewett is executive director of research at RISD, and he teaches in the departments of Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture. He has also held teaching and research appointments at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Architecture and MIT, where he lectures in the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies. He is a frequent critic at architecture schools in the US and abroad and serves on several community-based design advisory boards.
Hewett’s research explores new models for culturally generative infrastructure in rapidly changing cities. As part of this work, he founded and directs URBANFRAME, a nonprofit that mobilizes youth to design and build experimental architecture in direct response to local needs. An architect in professional practice since 1993, Hewett was the director of design at Dyer | Brown in Boston. His built work ranges from interior and adaptive reuse projects to new residential and commercial commissions.