Office of the Provost

provost@risd.edu | +1 (401) 454-6400

Kent Kleinman

Provost

Before assuming the role of provost at RISD in 2019, Kent Kleinman was the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University as well as professor in the Department of Architecture from 2008–18. He has taught at institutions internationally including the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and ETH Zürich, and was also a faculty member at the University at Michigan, chair of architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and dean at Parsons School of Design, The New School.

Kleinman received his professional degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. His scholarly focus is 20th-century European Modernism and his books include Villa Müller: A Work of Adolf Loos; Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision; The Krefeld Villas: Mies’s Haus Lange and EstersAftertaste; and a translation of Jan Turnovsky’s Poetics of a Wall Projection. He was awarded a Mellon Foundation Senior Public Goods Fellowship in 2002 and was a visiting scholar at the Canadian Center for Architecture in 2005. He has received four Graham Foundation Grants, the national Bruner Prize, two Architect’s Journal 10 Best Books awards, a New York Council for the Arts grant and (with Eric Sutherland) a Progressive Architecture Design Award.

In 2012 Kleinman received the American Institute of Architects New York State Educator Honor Award and was recognized as a Top 25 Most Admired Educator by Design Intelligence in both 2016 and 2018. He is a co-principal investigator on a grant from the Mellon Foundation focused on integrating architecture and the humanities in the study of urbanism. He is a registered architect in California.

Deans Council

The Deans Council at RISD provides the intellectual leadership for and oversight of academic divisions, faculty, and students. They work with all areas of the college to ensure both student success, and academic excellence for each program.

robert brinkerhoff

robert brinkerhoff

Dean of Fine Arts
daniel cavicchi

daniel cavicchi

Vice Provost
sarah cunningham

sarah cunningham

Associate Provost, Research & Strategic Partnerships
scheri fultineer

scheri fultineer

Dean of Architecture+Design
patricia barbeito

patricia barbeito

Dean of Faculty
margot nishimura

margot nishimura

Dean of Libraries
matthew shenoda

matthew shenoda

Associate Provost, Social Equity & Inclusion
joanne stryker

joanne stryker

Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies
damian white

damian white

Dean of Liberal Arts

Patricia Barbeito

Dean of Faculty
Patricia Barbeito

Robert Brinkerhoff

Dean of Fine Arts
  • Departments:
    Ceramics | Film/Animation/Video | Glass | Illustration | Jewelry + Metalsmithing | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture | Textiles
  • Phone:
    401.454.6435
  • Location:
    Market House, Room 104, 27 Market Square
Robert Brinkerhoff

Daniel Cavicchi

Vice Provost
  • Offices:
    Registrar
    RISD Global
    Academic Administration
    Academic Budgets & Resources
  • Phone:
    401.454.6134
  • Location:
    ProvWash, 4th Floor, Room 404
    20 Washington Place
Daniel Cavicchi

Sarah Cunningham

Associate Provost, Research & Strategic Partnerships
  • Offices:
    Continuing Education
    RISD Research
    Co-Works
  • Phone:
    401.454.6298
  • Location:
    ProvWash, 4th Floor, Room 410
    20 Washington Place
Sarah Cunningham

Scheri Fultineer

Dean of Architecture + Design
  • Phone:
    401.454.6280
  • Location:
    College Building, Room 342, Floor 3
    2 College Street
Scheri Fultineer

Margot Nishimura

Dean of Libraries
  • Offices:
    RISD Fleet Library
    Edna Lawrence Nature Lab
    Center for Arts & Language
    Campus Exhibitions
  • Phone:
    401.709.5909
  • Location:
    RISD Fleet Library, 15 Westminster Street
Margot Nishimura

Matthew Shenoda

Associate Provost, Social Equity & Inclusion
Matthew Shenoda

Joanne Stryker

Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies
  • Departments:
    Digital + Media
  • Phone:
    401-454-6177
  • Location:
    Waterman Building, 13 Waterman Street
Joanne Stryker

Damian White

Dean of Liberal Arts
  • Departments:
    History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS)
    Literary Arts & Studies (LAS)
    Theory + History of Art + Design (THAD)
  • Phone:
    401.454.6572
  • Location:
    College Building, Room 418, 2 College Street
Damian White