Professor and Head of the Department of Interior Architecture since 2010, Wong received her BA in Mathematics from Vassar College and her 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.
She is author of Adaptive Reuse_Extending the Lives of Buildings, co-author with Wolfgang Rudorf and Nolan Lushington of Libraries – A Design Manual and contributing author of Flexible Composite Materials in Architecture, Construction and Interiors, edited by Rene Motro, and of Designing Interior Architecture, edited by Sylvia Leydecker, all published by Birkhäuser Verlag.
Areas of interest and research include design and social engagement, modular housing, and technical textiles. With a primary interest in adaptive reuse, Wong is a co-founder and co-editor of Int|AR Journal on Design Interventions & Adaptive Reuse, which promotes creative and academic explorations of sustainable environments through exemplary works of reuse. This subject is central to her teaching and her direction of the department. A longtime volunteer at soup kitchens, Wong’s teaching emphasizes the importance of public engagement in architecture and design.
GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Berger is a registered architect (SBA) in the Netherlands and principal of the Providence based art|design studio, InsideOut Design. Prior to coming to the US, Berger worked as an architect, designer and artist in Austria, India, and New York. He taught in Karachi, Pakistan, where he also collaborated and exhibited as an artist. Registered as an architect (SBA) in the Netherlands, Berger worked as a project architect and designer for UNSTUDIO in Amsterdam. Berger co-founded and co-edits Int|AR, the Journal on Interventions and Adaptive Reuse that encompasses issues of preservation, conservation, alteration and interventions.
His work, research, writing and teaching constitute a critique on modern architecture and focus on forms of change such as art and design modifications and interventions in the built environment. Berger received his Architecture degree (Diplomingenieur für Architektur) from the Technische Universität Wien and the Universität Innsbruck. Berger teaches mandatory and advanced design studios in the graduate program and Principles of Adaptive Reuse.
FULL TIME FACULTY
Stefano Corbo is an Italian architect, researcher and educator. He holds a PhD and a MArch II in Advanced Architectural Design from UPM-ETSAM Madrid (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura). He has taught at several academic Institutions: Nanjing University; LAU Beirut (Lebanese American University); The Faculty of Architecture in Alghero, Italy; and ETSAM Madrid. He has also been a guest lecturer at SAC Städelschule Frankfurt, Deakin University in Melbourne, College of Design Minnesota, ESALA Edinburgh, The University of Miami and The University of Wisconsin. Corbo has contributed to several international journals (OASE, Domus, Mark, CLOG, Il Giornale dell’Architettura) and has published two books: From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of Peter Eisenman (Ashgate/Routledge, 2016) and Interior Landscapes: A Visual Atlas (Images, 2016), a journey through the interior-exterior dichotomy in modern and contemporary architecture. In 2012, after working at Mecanoo Architecten, Corbo founded his own office, SCSTUDIO (www.scstudio.eu), a multidisciplinary network practicing public architecture and design and preoccupied with intellectual, economic and cultural contexts. Corbo teaches graduate level advanced design studios, Design Thesis, History of Interior Architecture, and Investigating Interiority.
Eduardo Benamor Duarte
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in 2015-16 and 2014, Benamor Duarte holds a Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP Columbia University and is a Doctor of Philosophy from the Instituto Superior Técnico / Universidade de Lisboa. He is a member of OA Portuguese Architects Association / Ordem dos Arquitectos since 1999. Before opening his studio practice Benamor Duarte Architecture in 2009, he was an Associate Senior Designer for Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP in NY. His areas of research, practice and teaching explore design process models combining cultural heritage & innovation, often associating traditional and new manufacturing technologies in the making of user-based responsive environments. His design of public spaces, objects for the domestic environment, museums & historic preservation have been shown at the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Memphis Museum of Art, Salone Satellite and Made Expo in Milan; Wanted Design NY, UNESCO RENISLA Forum, NY; Bienniale Design in Saint Etienne and Experimenta in Lisbon. His work has won awards from several institutions in Europe and the US.
Associate Professor, Interior Architecture, Rudorf received his Master of Science in Architecture studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Technische Diplom Ingenieur der Architektur und Stadtplanung (Architecture and Urban Planning) from Universität Berlin Charlottenburg, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is a registered architect and has practiced in both the U.S. and in Germany, including the offices of IBUS, Berlin, TAC (The Architect’s Collaborative), Cambridge, and Ann Beha Architects, Boston. His many built projects include public housing, museums and libraries. He was the project architect at Ann Beha Architects overseeing the construction of the award-winning conversion of the Charles Street Jail in Boston to the Liberty Hotel. Rudorf is the co-author with Nolan Lushington and Liliane Wong of Libraries – A Design Manual published in 2016 by Birkhäuser Verlag. Rudorf received departmental recognition in 2013 and 2015 for his excellence in teaching.
Peter Yeadon, Professor and founder of Yeadon Space Agency, is known for his pioneering research into new applications for advanced materials in architecture and design. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Top Five Finalists spot at the 2010 World Technology Awards in Design. He has lectured at universities and conferences, and his work has been published extensively. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at RISD, Yeadon served on the college’s Academic Affairs Committee of the Board, Research Advisory Council, and is leading RISD’s HEALTH+ faculty research cluster. Prior to RISD, he taught at Cornell University and the University of Toronto. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Yeadon teaches advanced design studio and Structures and Materials and Building Systems Integration in the graduate program.
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.
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, a faculty member of the Graphic Design Department, is also the Graphic Design Editor of the Int|AR Journal and teaches Typography in Space.
Faith Baum’s academic and practice interests coalesce. She holds a strong belief that everyone deserves good design achieved through collaboration and research. Her present academic interests focus on human factors and design with material color for three dimensional space. She investigates human perception and the creation of physical comfort in the built environment. Baum received her Bachelor of Art and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. An active member of the BSA, AIA and IIDA, she is a registered architect in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and a member of NCIDQ. Faith has created curriculum and degree programs for the Boston Architectural College, served as guest critic at numerous universities, and presents and writes for industry conferences and journals.
Michael Leighton Beaman
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.
Jonathan Bell, AIA and LEED 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.
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.
Justin W. Cook
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Heinrich Hermann, PhD is principal of Hermann Design Studio. He earned MArch degrees from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Cornell University. His extensive teaching includes Virginia Tech, Washington University in St. Louis, and Harvard University. From 2012-15 he served as chair and professor in the architecture program of the SUNY College of Technology in Alfred, where he implemented a new BArch degree. He is a co-founder of the Int|AR Journal of Interventions and Adaptive Reuse. Hermann teaches studio in the graduate program including the RISD summer studio at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen.
Lea is an Interior Architect with a Masters of Design from RISD, 2016. From 2011 to 2013 she served as a Trustee of Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Visual Art. Lea’s graduate thesis from RISD developed an architectural strategy to reduce prison recidivism by infusing prisons with learning and healing via healthy, innovative, in-prison manufacturing. At RISD Lea received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, including the Use of Research in Design Award for her thesis. In 2015, she developed a patent pending design to adaptively reuse existing mechanical air systems, improving air quality in hospitals. Lea has been featured in U.S. News and World Report and on the RISD homepage. Her work has been published in the Int|Ar Journal and will be in the forthcoming March/April issue of Green Building and Design Magazine. Previously, Lea worked for Delos Living implementing the WELL Building standard. She is currently teaching Design Research at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Nick Heywood is a designer, educator and writer. He teaches at the University of Rhode Island as well as at RISD. His writings are based in the preservation of threatened properties and proposed public policy with interests in the relationship between sustainable practice and historic preservation. Nick earned his BIA and MIA from RISD. Nick teaches in the graduate Thesis sequence.
Jeffrey Katz is principal at C&J Katz Studio and engaged in retail, corporate, residential, exhibition, and furniture design. The Katz is a contributing editor at New England Home and has published five books, including Room Recipes, Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories, and Dirty Bow Wow. Katz teaches introductory and advanced design studios and Thesis in the graduate program.
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 practicing 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.
Yugon Kim is founding partner of IKD focusing on museum and exhibition design and the director of TSKP-Boston, specializing in educational spaces. He also worked with Renzo Piano Building Workshop overseeing the design and construction of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He chairs the BSA Museum and Exhibition design committee. He received his MArch from Harvard University and a BFA from Bard College. Kim teaches advanced design studio and Introduction to Computing in the undergraduate program.
Dorothee King received her PhD in Contemporary Art Studies / Exhibiting / Art Mediation at the College of Fine Arts, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, her MA in Media Arts from the University of Portsmouth, Great Britain and her BA in Communication Design in Interactive Media from Merz Academy, University of Applied Arts, Stuttgart, Germany. She teaches Participatory Exhibition.
Sunkyu Koh is an architectural designer and a 3D graphic designer. The recipient of several architectural delineation awards, Koh received his MIA from RISD and a MArch from Harvard University. He teaches Advanced Computer Tectonics in the graduate program.
EDWARD D. KRENT
Krent has comprehensive experience in public space development, interpretive museum exhibition design, sculpture and corporate environments. He has developed multi-disciplinary skills that integrate architectonic worlds, communication media, behavioral learning, interactive exhibit design, lighting and strategic planning.
Ed Krent holds a BID in Industrial Design and a Masters Degree in Environmental Design from Pratt Institute. Founder and principal of Krent/Paffett Associates, Boston, MA. Mr. Krent was responsible for overall management of the firm, with focus on strategic planning, design, media and content development for over 250 museum and corporate projects. Responsible for poster design, playbills, photography, identity, print material and interpretive exhibits.
Jongwan Kwon is an architect who received his MArch from MIT and his BArch from Hanyang University in Korea. He was the MIT Teaching Fellow from 2016-2018 and Research Affiliate at MIT’s Urban Risk Lab. He interned at Morphosis, Kengo Kuma and SOM.
Anastasia Laurenzi is an architectural designer and founder/director of Oblique Studio, a design/build practice based in Providence, RI, which was awarded the Providence Design Catalyst grant in 2016. Her studio work is flexible in scale, from object to architecture, interpreting how existing spaces can become relevant for their time. In addition to being a Critic at RISD, she also teaches the Core Architecture Studios I and II at Roger Williams University.
Francesca Liuni received her MSc in Architecture and Construction Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari in Italy and her MS in Architectural Studies from MIT. She was an exhibition designer at the Harvard Museum of History of Science and the MIT Museum. She also worked as architect in the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.
Skender Luarasi is an architect and writer. His research investigates the relationship between architecture and geometry. His PhD dissertation focuses on how design processes end, and how the question of finitude intersects with style, geometry and parametricism in history. Luarasi has presented his research in numerous ACSA conferences, and has published in Haecceity, A+P Forum, and other Journals. Skender Luarasi holds a Doctor in Philosophy from the Yale School of Architecture, a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has taught at the Yale School of Architecture, the Department of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston Architectural College, the Architecture + Design Program at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the School of Architecture at Washington State University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked as a designer for dEcoi architects/MIT Digital Design Group, Kennedy & Violich Architects Ltd and Finegold + Alexander Associates Inc.
Maryrose McGowan is the editor-in-Chief of the award winning Interior Graphic Standards (John Wiley & Sons), which received the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Excellence Award in Architecture and Urban Studies by the Association of American Publishers. She has authored several other professional reference and college textbooks, as well as numerous articles for periodicals. Ms. McGowan previously was on the staff of the American Institute of Architects, Professional Systems Division, researching and Developing content for their master guide specification system, MasterSpec.
She consulted on several divisions of the National Institute of Sciences Building Sciences BUM standard outline specification for use as the basis of the BIM standard model for public domain. Ms. McGowan is a licensed architect.
She currently assists the MIT Museum with architecture, design and photography collections and exhibitions. She has been a critic as the Rhode Island School of Design since 1997.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Turner, P.E., LEED, is President of Stephen Turner, Inc. A leader in the commissioning sector, he teaches commissioning and publishes widely in peer- reviewed journals. Turner uses his extensive experience with high performance design, testing and balancing, energy efficient equipment design, control strategy optimization, and life cycle costing to assist project owners in meeting their project specific design goals. Turner advised on issues of the environment in Thesis.