Barbara Stehle received her Doctorate in Contemporary Art History from the Sorbonne in Paris. She has worked for several museums including the Pompidou Center. Based in NYC, she curates, writes and lectures on the visual arts and architecture for artintelligentsia.com. Her Ted x talk addressed architecture as a mean for human investigations. Stehle teaches the undergraduate History of Interior Architecture and the graduate History of Adaptive Reuse.
Benjamin M. Cornelius, P.E., S.E., is a Partner at Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) focusing on both new structures and adaptive reuse projects. A frequent speaker at building and legal conferences and the AIA’s Continuing Education System, Cornelius received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He advises on structural issues in the graduate Thesis.
Brian Kernaghan is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Interior Architecture at RISD where he was Department Head from 1996-2010. His previous academic position was Director of the BA (Hons) Interior Design course at Kingston University in London, and prior to that he was a practising designer in Edinburgh, Scotland, where his professional work included interiors and exhibition design. He has taught many parts of the department's curriculum, but most recently his teaching interests have concentrated on museum and exhibition design studios, around the idea of The Narrative Museum. He has taught several times for RISD during the DIS (Denmark’s International Studies) summer program in Copenhagen. He retired from the full-time faculty at RISD in 2010, subsequently was invited to teach a full semester at DIS, and was Chief Critic for RISD’s European Honors Program during Fall 2011. Kernaghan teaches advanced design studio in exhibition design and Theory of Adaptive Reuse.
Elizabeth Debs, AIA, has been involved in architecture, planning, community development and housing for over twenty-five years. She serves on the Board of the Providence Public Library, co-chairs the Sankofa food and culture initiative in Providence and is a member of the Advisory Group for the AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community. She received a BA in Philosophy from Vassar College and a MArch from Harvard University. Debs teaches design studio in the undergraduate program.
Ernesto Aparicio is Creative Director for the New York firm DFA. He earned his BA at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, La Plata, Buenos Aires and completed his Post Graduate Studies at the Ecole des Art Decoratifs, Paris. He served as Art Director for Editions du Seuil in Paris, while maintaining his own graphic design practice, Aparicio Design Inc. Aparicio is Graphic Design Editor of the Int|AR and teaches Typography in Space.
Heinrich Hermann is adjunct faculty in Interior Architecture at RISD where in the past he held term appointments as associate professor. With Liliane Wong and Markus Berger he co-founded the Int|AR Journal (of which he co-edited the first two volumes) and continues to serve as head of its international advisory board. Before opening his own design studio in Concord, MA, in 2002, he had first practiced in his native Austria and Germany, and later as designer and senior designer with large and small firms in Boston on a wide range of project types and sizes, from residential, cultural/civic, and academic buildings, to very large mixed use facilities, including the Ritz Carleton on the Boston Commons Complex.
Hermann earned advanced degrees from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Mag Arch ’79) and Cornell (M Arch ‘82). His ‘95 PhD dissertation at Harvard focused on the poetic/spiritual in 20th-C architecture, still the focus of his research and practice. As a teacher he continues to actively explore pedagogical strategies aimed at helping students unlock their unique creative potentials.
In addition to RISD, he has taught at Montana State, Virginia Tech, Washington University in St. Louis, Roger Williams University, Northeastern University, and Harvard University, and has taught four graduate summer studios for RISD at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2012-15 Hermann served as chair and professor of the architecture and design department at the SUNY College of Technology at Alfred (Alfred State), where he implemented their new BArch program.
Janet Stegman is principal of Stegman + Associates, a firm specializing in the programming, planning and design of college and university facilities. A presenter at numerous national conferences including the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), Association of College and University Housing Officers (ACUHO) and National Association for Campus Auxiliary Services (NACAS), she received her BFA and BArch from RISD. Stegman teaches the housing design studio in the undergraduate program.
Jonah Sacks is a consultant in acoustics with Acentech on a variety of architectural acoustics and mechanical systems noise control projects and, since 2012, has led Studio A, Acentech’s performing arts consulting practice performing a variety of acoustical measurements, and often creating computer models and auralizations of acoustically critical spaces. Sacks is a lifelong musician who has performed in many contexts as a cellist, guitarist, and bassist. Sacks teaches Acoustics in the graduate program.
Jonathan Bell, AIA and LEED Accredited Professional, is the co-founder of DUAL, an architectural practice with expertise in adaptive reuse, interior architecture, and residential design. Bell’s academic interests include intersections between film and architecture with published articles on film noir. Bell teaches the undergraduate Drawing for Interior Architecture and Thesis in the graduate program.
Justin W. Cook is Senior Lead for Sustainable Development at the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, where he focuses on sustainable wellbeing societal transformation activities and cofounded Helsinki Design Lab that developed the Low2No project for carbon neutral cities. He also is strategic advisor to MIT Collaborative Initiatives and instructor/developer for the Institute for Design and Public Policy with RISD and the US Department of State. Cook received his MArch from Harvard Graduate School of Design and University of Washington. He teaches various topics in advanced design studio.
Kurt Teichert is Critic in Interior Architecture at RISD and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the Institute for Environment and Society at Brown University. He teaches and advises students on sustainable design, environmental stewardship, urban infrastructure, and transportation technology and policy. Involved in research, design, and construction of high performance educational facilities for over 25 years, Teichert holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College. Teichert teaches Applied Building Systems in the graduate program.
Kylie Bodiya, NCIDQ received her BA in Interior Design from Michigan State University. A retail designer, Bodiya is a recipient of the annual "Designer Dozen" awards from VM+SD Magazine, and noted as one of the top twelve "up-and-coming" retail designers under 35. Bodiya created a stand-alone template for the retail roll-out process at Swarovski. Bodiya teaches Fundamentals of Revit.
Lee Boroson is an artist whose work includes large-scale immersive installations. Recipient of awards and grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, Boroson’s solo exhibitions include Mass MoCA, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Boroson received an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the SUNY, and attended the Skowhegan School. Boroson teaches interdisciplinary courses specific to installation in the graduate program.
Markus Earley, LC, NCQLP has over thirty years of experience as a designer in the lighting industry. He is also an educator of lighting design including at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. Earley advocates for sustainable lighting on television including "This Old House" and "Home Again with Bob Vila."Earley teaches Lighting in both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Mary-Ann Agresti, AIA, is the founder of the Design Initiative, an interior design and architecture firm with an international body of work. Grant recipient for work from community building to elementary design education, Agresti earned her MArch from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from Syracuse University. Agresti teaches Materials in the undergraduate program.
Maryrose McGowan is the Editor-in-Chief of the award winning Interior Graphic Standards and author of other professional reference and college textbooks and articles. McGowan researched and developed content for the AIA’s master guide specification system, MasterSpec and consulted on the National Institute of Building Sciences BIM standard outline specification for use. A licensed architect, she currently assists the Curator for Architecture, Design, and Photography at the MIT Museum. McGowan teaches Scheme Detailing in the undergraduate program and Codes and Details in the graduate program.
Michael Leighton Beaman is Co-founder of Beta-field and GA Collaborative and Associate Editor for ii Journal and Design and Technology writer for Architectural Record. Named 2012 Emerging Practitioner by the AIA, Beaman focuses on the theory and application of technology and its implications for design culture, sustainability, and socially conscious design practices. Beaman has taught extensively including at UVA, UT Austin, Harvard University, NC State, Northeastern University, and Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. He holds a BArch from North Carolina State University and a MArch from Harvard University. Beaman teaches various topics in advanced design studio and Human Factors in the graduate program.
Michael Grugl heads Sixtus Partners, an architecture firm in Linz, Austria. He is a former member of Architekturwerkstatt Freistadt, a group emphasizing adaptive reuse of historical buildings. He is co-creator of the award winning, Pixel Hotel, a built and operational urban intervention for Linz09. In 2012 he co-developed the Monolith, a prototype solar powered thermodynamic system for domestic heating and hot water provision. He received a MArch from Technical University Vienna. Grugl teaches advanced design studio.
Nick Heywood is a designer, educator and writer. He supports graduate student writing during the Thesis cycle in Interior Architecture and teaches art and design courses at the University of Rhode Island. His writing focuses on the preservation of threatened historic sites and proposed public policy, with an emphasis in the relationship between sustainable practice and historic preservation. In fall 2016, Nick added a decorative arts shop to his studio in Warren, Rhode Island. Nick earned his BIA and MIA from RISD.
Rafael Luna is the co-founder of PRAUD. He received a MArch from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The recipient of the Architectural League Prize 2013, Luna has global professional experiences: Toyo Ito, KPF,Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Martha Schwartz Partners, dECOI, Sasaki Associates, and Machado and Silvetti. Luna focuses on hybrid architecture as an adaptive reuse programming strategy for interior urbanism and teaches advanced design studio and the graduate Thesis.