Visiting Guest Lecturer!

Portuguese Architect João Santa-Rita will be giving a lecture at the Chase Center on December 1st! Among many projects, he will unveil the adaptive reuse of the XVI century Palace Casa dos Bicos for the headquarters of Nobel Prize winner José Saramago Foundation, opening in Lisbon in the Spring 2012.

João Santa-Rita graduated in architecture from the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon (1983).  In 1990 he founded the Atelier Santa-Rita Arquitectos in 1990, together with José D. Santa-Rita.

Since 1996 he has lectured and taught in many academic institutions such as Universidade Lusofona; Universidade Moderna Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon; and was a Visiting professor – SCALA – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Since 1998 he has been teaching as a Visiting Professor at Autonoma University.

João Santa-Rita participated in individual exhibitions such as the Triennale Di Milano (1996), and was selected in the International Competition of Ideas, Citta terzo millenio, to be integrated in the Catalogue of the Biennale Di Venezia 2000.

In 2010 he participated in an Exhibition of architectural drawings, at La Galerie D´Architecture, in Paris (France), which included drawings of Aldo Rossi, Alvaro Siza, CODA, Edouard François, Le Corbusier, and Renzo Piano among others.

Santa-Rita Arquitectos work was awarded in several international competitions such as the Honourable Mention on the International Competition for the Revitalization of the Ulugh Beg Center in Samarkand (former USSR) and the first place in the International Competition for the Urban Plan for Almada Nascente in association with Richard Rogers Partnership and Atkins.

Come check it out!


Special Projects: Sustainability in the Developing World

This month and until July 10th, three students of the IntAR Department will follow the steps or their fellow students who went to India last summer to participate in a unique experience. Ricardo, Sruthi and Francois are going to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a program led by Sergio Palleroni, Professor and Fellow of the Center for Sustainable Practices and Processes at Portland State University. This year’s program will focus on sustainable design in the villas of Buenos Aires. Called Villas, these slums are a type of vernacular architecture growing around the city, on land that is undesirable. The “villas” [pronounced veecha] are often without electricity and no running water nor sewage. They are built quickly, sometimes overnight, by immigrants arriving to Buenos Aires. A team of designers from various universities including Portland State University, University of Texas and RISD will work on interventions around the city and specifically in the villa of Piletones. In forms of charettes the students will produce a design and get involved with officials and representatives of the city’s different organizations and groups.








The blog will cover some updates and news about this summer program to which RISD students can apply.

For more info:

OPPORTUNITY: Scholarship to ACEEE Summer Study

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ACEEE is proud to announce that Scholarship applications for the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings are now open and may be submitted online! The Student Scholarship award to the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study will pay for the conference registration fee, housing and meals, and a portion of transportation costs. To be eligible, the applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university whose course work is related to energy/energy efficiency, climate change, environmental science, or a related field of study, and who is considering a career in energy/energy efficiency. The Student Scholarship to Summer Study is supported by  ACEEE Allies and staff.

To access the online form and to submit your application for the ACEEE Student Scholarship, please visit

The Scholarships will be chosen by the ACEEE Scholarship Committee. Please complete the application form below by June 2, 2010

Students selected as finalists will be asked to send proof of Student Identification or university/college transcripts during the period of June 16-23, 2010 Notification letters about the status of your Scholarship Application will also be sent the week of June 16-23, 2010. The 2010 ACEEE Student Scholarship winners will be notified by July 1, 2010.

Please contact if you have any other questions.

Thank you!


OPPORTUNITY: “Transience” exhibit at Gelman Gallery

Transience: Call for Submissions

For proposed Gelman Gallery Exhibition


Transience makes its mark on our collective experience. Traditions of the wanderer, narratives of the migrant, displacements of the exiled, privileges of the third culture kids and everything in between; we move, we reposition, we evolve, we regress.

We move for family, for school, for security, for jobs, for love, for survival, for financial necessity and for opportunity.

We move voluntary and involuntary, through borders, physical and psychological, geographical and territorial, historical and temporal. We move with entitlement, we move despite restrictions, we move by force and we move by choice.

Is your work about transience? What makes you move?

This show is a proposed show for Gelman in the Fall of 2010.

Please submit to

– Name / Major / Year

– Jpegs or links to your work (- or a proposal for an site-specific installation in the gallery)

– If necessary, a description of how your work deals with the Nomadic experience

Questions Please contact:

Jennifer Garza-Cuen



Ambereen Siddiqui



call for papers_ Volume 2

From Markus Berger:

Volume 2 of the Int|AR Journal will explore and document the rich opportunities for transforming the vast legacy of obsolete structures resulting from the decline of industrialization through creative, Adaptive Reuse strategies with an international focus. We seek proposals (no more than 200 words) on the investigation of global efforts and the challenges of adapting and transforming industrial structures and sites. Articles may range from 1000 to 3000 words. Please send questions and proposal submissions to pdf files 10Mb max). Paper proposals due by June 18, 2010.

Int|AR VOLUME 02 release date December 2010

For more information please see the journal’s website:


Temporary Art for Your Community

logo: Lydia Stein

Thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and the support of neighborhood Community Development Corporations all over Providence, theHousEART Project will be creating large-scale, high quality temporary art on five foreclosed homes all over the city this spring. They are looking for artists to design and lead on each of the HousEART artworks. For more info:

This is a great way to get involved with the local community and do some large scale work! Designers will receive a $400 stipend!

Previous HousEART projects:

Lynne Harlow’s design at 515 Chalkstone Ave.

Michelle Peckham’s (MIA ’10) design for 9 Osborne Street.

Photos: Smith Hill CDC,

Please contact SHCDC Project Manager, Christian Caldarone or call 808.4028 to learn more.