New Graduate Degree Programs for 2011
After carefully rethinking RISD’s graduate program in Interior Architecture, Department Head Liliane Wong and Graduate Program Director Markus Berger determined that 2011 is the perfect time to introduce two new degree programs: a 1+-year Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Architecture and a 2+-year Master of Design (MDes) in Interior Studies. Both new programs emphasize the department’s longstanding commitment to adaptive reuse.
“We believe that the field of adaptive reuse is rich and varied,” Wong says. “Its value lies not only in reimagining existing structures but also in recycling materials, making transformative interventions, preserving memory, cultural phenomena, community – all of which results in densely woven narratives about the built environment with adaptive reuse as the connecting thread.”
The short, but intense MA program is for students who have earned a BArch or its equivalent from another country. It requires a summer program in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, plus one year of study on campus. MA graduates leave RISD prepared to practice architecture with a full and nuanced understanding of adaptive reuse and the concerns of professionals in the building industry and allied fields.
The MDes program – for students who have not earned first professional degrees in architecture – focuses on the alteration of existing structures through interior interventions and adaptive reuse. Students start with the department’s intense, design-based summer program, followed by two years of study. They graduate prepared to address issues of interior architecture and adaptive reuse as design professionals, but not as licensed architects.
The department is accepting applications to both new programs through January 21, 2011, for enrollment in fall 2011.
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