Liliane Wong

Liliane Wong heads the Interior Architecture department and has taught at RISD since 1998, with an emphasis on design for the homeless and modular housing. Her studio Elements in Transitional Space in partnership with Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless shelter in New England, is an annual opportunity for social activism through design. She also cofounded the department’s Int|AR Journal, an academic publication on design interventions and adaptive reuse.

Wong earned a BA (with honors) in mathematics from Vassar College and a MArch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. A registered architect in Massachusetts, she has practiced through her own firm, Mahon Wong Associates, as well as with the Boston firms of Perry Dean Rogers and FHCM. Key projects include the American Embassy in Jordan, Montclair Public Library, Hartford Public Library and the design of the Kore Library Furnishings Line. She co-authored Libraries–A Design Manual (2011, Birkhäuser Verlag).

Academic research/areas of interest

In her teaching and research, Wong focuses on design for the homeless, the mathematics of curved space and modular housing for low-income people. Her philosophy and teaching on design for the homeless is included in Glimmer – how design can transform your life and maybe even the world by Warren Berger. In the past, her research on non-Euclidean math has been funded, in part, by a grant entitledKnit Space. As a member of the advisory board of Blu Homes, a modular home enterprise, she has incorporated her teaching and research in a studio known as Modular, Demountable + Green.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • INTAR-2378-01 History Of Adaptive Reuse
  • INTAR-2370-01 Theory Of Adaptive Reuse

Spring 2019 Courses

  • INTAR-2398-03 Design Thesis
  • INTAR-2383-01 Final Studio Project Seminar
  • BA, Vassar College
  • MA, Harvard University
  • MARC, Harvard University


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