… integrative thinking enables us all to discover the nature of the world and the world of human nature. It encompasses all ways and means of expressing, representing, modeling, simulating, and demonstrating our knowledge and experiences.

-Todd Siler

Todd Siler’s perception of the power of integrative thinking, reinforced by the belief that the sharing of ideas, visions and insights you have brought to RISD and which you have analyzed, strengthened, reevaluated or newly acquired during your first year in the Division of Foundation Studies, will form the basis for our exploration into the discipline and the particular spatial realm of Interior Architecture.

Bernhard Tschumi argues, “that architecture is, first and foremost a form of knowledge, much like mathematics, philosophy or art.” And he continues by explaining: “One of its most important functions is to generate ideas and concepts about the world we live in.”

Throughout the term, and in the time to come, the quintessential methodology will be to critically observe this world, to formulate questions and to thoroughly investigate answers to a myriad of problems. The analysis of user behavior, social interactions and human activities, and the employment of concepts pertaining to the human sciences support the endeavor of finding an expression, a materialization of acquired knowledge in the Gestalt of a physical space.

The translation of knowledge and experiences  into spatial concepts requires the unique visual tool of twoand three-dimensional thinking, the ability to represent the vision in drawing and model form, and to communicate analytical work and research as well as the resulting thesis or idea verbally and in concise written form.

1. GUMMI BEARS by Jaden Andrea

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PROJECT I_Oct 9 2014_Drawings included_Page_0062. SLIDES by Jaz Bonnin

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3. MEMBRANE by Maria Cano-Flavia

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5. FORM CYLINDERS by Anya Smith

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6. STRAWS by Shanaiya Maloo

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7. WEAVING by Jenny Lu

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8. MESH by Daniela Longoria Quintanilla

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9. FLOSS by Nicole Im

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10. TEABAGS by Yu-Wen Hwang

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11. CHOPSTICKS by Dooho Won

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12. MOLECURES by Jill Shixiaoci Yu

PROJECT I_Oct 9 2014_Drawings included_Page_101PROJECT I_Oct 9 2014_Drawings included_Page_105The amazing works above are from sophomore year students in INTAR. And this is just their very first work in INTAR. There is no doubt that they are going to create more unbelievable and unpredictable works in the next 3 years.

Thanks for the great support from Wolfgang Max Rudorf (the instructor of this studio).

From Zhuang Tian (Viola)




Elaborated compiled with grounded research and creative ideas, the highly expected work:INTAR JOURNAL VOL.5 has finally launched. The main topic of this version is mostly about Resilience and Adaptability. The book launch meeting shortly started with the introduction by the head of interior architecture department Lilian Wong. As the special editor for this book, Damian White (the head of the department of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences and coordinator of the pilot program in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies at RISD)  gave a vivid and emotional lecture about Environmental Sociology and Urban Political Ecology.

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Thanks for special guest: Damian White

From Zhuang Tian (Viola)


The Visitors Hotel

The inspiration for the studio is a video installation by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson called The Visitors. The piece is on 9 screens and it is 64minutes long. It is currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.



Field trip in Boston, we experienced the video installation in an different way: we sense, we sketch, we analyze, we enjoy…


When we got back to studio, our thoughts and ideas were sparkling with each other through modeling, drawing and critic, trying to reconstruct and deconstruct concepts from music to architecture.


From Zhuang Tian (Viola)


Studio 4: The Museum of Climate Change

This studio is divided into 3 groups: team ROK, team LOOP and team permeability.


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Thanks for Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Miranda Massie, and Damien Mcbride (from Brown University) who joined the presentation as critics.

For more information please check out each groups’ website.

Team ROK:

Team LOOP:

Team Permeability:

From Viola Tian

Job Tips for International Student

For an employer hiring a new employee, the main goal is to hire the best person for the job. But for international students, it can be more complicated. In some cases, employers are involved with national security issues (defense contractors or U.S. government jobs) and specify that they will only interview U.S. citizens or law- ful permanent residents. However, if an employer is not involved with this type of work or does not specify who is eligible to apply, you, as an international candidate in nonimmigrant status, are eligible to apply for the job.

• CPT is an off-campus employment option available to international strudents (F-1 visa holders) when the training (i.e. an internship) is considered to be an integral part of the established curriculum and directly related to the student’s major area of study. “Training” referes to paid or unpaid internships or employment. According to immigration regulations, CPT may be an internship, practicum, or other work experience that is required for a degree program (as
defined in the course catalogue) or for which course credit is awarded.
• Work must be related to your major field of study and an integral part of your degree program.
• Must have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year.

• Receive credits AND compensation – you must register your internship in ArtWorks
• Receive credits and NO compensation – you must register your internship in ArtWorks
• Note: Unpaid internships are not permitted under any circumstances.


• You must make an appointment with the Office of International Student Services and bring the
following information:
• All previous and current copies of your I-20 form.
• Copies of your passport, visa, and I-94 card.
• Internship packet filled out with all of the required signatures, it can be picked up in the Registrar’s Office.
• A copy of the job offer letter you received from your employer. The job offer letter must be on the company’s letterhead and contain the following information: the student’s name, the company’s name, a statement of the offer, the number of hours to be worked (or full or part time specified), and the beginning and end of the employment.
• You may not begin CPT until the CPT start date recorded on the CPT-endorsed I-20.

• When looking for jobs/internships, consider:
• International companies – They often desire individuals with language skills, respect for diversity, and a knowledge of overseas economies.
• Companies that have previously sponsored H-1B visas – They are familiar with and have successfully completed the hiring process before.
• Medium and small companies – although they are not large companies, they often have openings for international students and shouldn’t be discounted.

• Focus on your special skills and qualifications for the job. This is essential to the employer. Do your materials sell you in a way that sets you appart from the competition? Remember that, as an international student, you actually have certain advantages over US students.
• You have spent several years living and studying in a foreign culture (The U.S.) By doing so, you have already demonstrated how adaptable you are to new environments. An employer wants to hire someone who will adapt well in a new job environment.
• You are statistically one of the very few people from your country who uprooted themselves to come to the U.S. to further their education. This means that you know how to take initiative. U.S. employers like employees who take initiative.
• If your native language is not English, you have successfully pursued an educational program in a foreign language. This means at least two things:
• If the organization has branches or offices overseas, you may be useful because you have demonstrated your ability to perform successfully in more than one language.
• You probably had to work harder than native speakers of English to be successful in your academic program. Therefore, you have demonstrated that you can work under adverse conditions and that you are persistent in working towards goals you have set for yourself.
• In your cover letter and resume and later in your interview, take the opportunity to emphasize these characteristics that are highly regarded in the culture of the North American workplace

• Being invited for an interview is great news, as it means that the employer has decided from your resume and cover letter that you meet the criteria for the position. The interview is an opportunity for the employer to further assess your fit to the position, as well as to get to know you as a potential colleague. Hence, the goal of the interview is for you to highlight your strengths and your fit to the position you are interested in. The RISD Career Center offers
advice, resources and tips on interviewing that will help you prepare for interviews in the U.S. workplace.
• On Immigration and visa-related questions for an interview, follow these guidelines:
• The H-1B visa sponsorship should not be one of the first topics addressed during a meeting or interview.
• Instead, prove to an employer that you are the best person for the job.
• The topic of H-1B visas should be addressed only after an offer is made or if the employer brings it up.
• Go to your interview with some knowledge of your legal options:
• Nonimmigrant candidates have several options to legally work in the US F-1 and J-1 students, for example, can work legally under Practical or Academic Training provisions. Many nonimmigrants are eligible to obtain H-1B status, which permits temporary professional employment for up to six years. If you know your eligibility and exactly what is
involved in getting practical training authorization or H-1B status, you will be able to say confidently in the interview that the visa matters can be worked out.
• If your interviewer asks about your visa and work eligibility, answer directly and honestly – If your interview is coming to a close and the visa issue has not been mentioned yet, it is a good idea for you to bring it up casually. You can say: “I would like to mention that I am on a student visa and in the process of obtaining employment authorization (Curricular/Optional Practical Training (F-1) or Academic Training (J-1)) My international student adviser has explained my legal options and the procedures that exist for my lawful current and future employment.

• Petition the government for a visa.
• Gain approval from the Labor Department
• Obtain the necessary legal counsel
• Fund the process.
• Office of International Student Services (OISS)
• United States Citizenship & Immigration Services
(USCIS) “Services and Benefits” section
• Visa Services (from the U.S. State Department)
• – Resources for entering and
living in the U.S.
• – Check out the “Job
Search” section
• American Immigration Network, Inc. – Offers Free
Information and Services for Fees
• H1 Visa – Contains information about
organizations that sponsor H-1B visas.
• – International job database





Job Resources

Take Full Advantage of the job search resources

• Find, apply for and achieve the jobs, internships and opportunities that are right for you through these handouts and links.

Seeking Jobs & Internships Handout

Job & Internship Tips For International Students Handout

TCG BLOG: Career Insights for Creative Professionals


jobs resources @ Delicious

Best Creative Job Boards – All Disciplines

Job Boards – Design Disciplines

Job Boards – Fine Arts Disciplines

Job Boards – All Disciplines – Extensive Listing

Placement Agencies – All Disciplines


career center job board subscriptions

• Contact the Career Center for ‘usernames’ and ‘passwords’.

ArtJob – Fine Arts Opportunities

Current Jobs for Graduates – Fine Arts & Design Disciplines

ArtSearch – Theater-Related Opportunities


essential job resources

ArtWorks – RISD’s Job & Internship Board

Indeed – The Premiere Job Search Site – All Disciplines

NYFA – Premiere Job Search Site – Fine Arts Disciplines

Coroflot – Premiere Job Search Site – Design Disciplines

Idealist – Worldwide Listings of Nonprofit & Volunteer Opportunities

RICOMJOB – Rhode Island Community Jobs


portfolio reviews & internship connect event

• These events connect you with companies and arts organizations who are interested in seeing RISD talent for current and future opportunities.

RISD Design & Fine Arts Portfolio Reviews

Internship Connect Event


tips & advice

TCG BLOG: Career Insights for Creative Professionals

A Product of Art School on Getting Into Product: A RISD Grad’s Advice for Job Hunting


career search strategies

• Develop career search strategies that move beyond job boards.
• Our discipline specific presentations offer extensive resources.

Career Planning by Year

Discipline Specific Presentations