Campus Master Planning Underway

Dear RISD Faculty and Staff,

To kick off campus master planning, we invite you to our second Community Conversation on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 2pm in the RISD Auditorium. The master planning process will be led by a committee, co-chaired by Provost Rosanne Somerson and EVP of Finance and Administration, Bill Decatur. Director of Campus Planning, Annie Newman, recently featured in the Staff Newsletter and who works in Jack’s area, will serve as the day-to-day liaison with Shepley Bulfinch, a nationally known planning firm selected by representatives of RISD’s faculty, students, staff and Trustees.

Jack: This is a dream project to finally achieve for our special community and its future; I say this as someone who has walked this campus for 17 years together with many men and women in facilities. It will allow us to develop a campus that is intentional and successful in supporting RISD’s academic programs, student experience, and staff operations. The result of this work will be presented to the Board of Trustees as a draft Campus Master Plan for approval in May of 2014.

John: Among the membership of the committee are Architecture Professors Anne Tate and Hansy Better. I asked Professor Gabriel Feld to offer some color as to what these two professors bring to the committee; he shares, “Anne has a brilliant strategic mind and a unique ability to orchestrate discussions about planning both to open up unseen opportunities and to reach consensus. When it comes to architecture, Hansy is an extraordinary designer, formally daring, experimental without being frivolous, and with the keenest eye for the best architecture.”

The Campus Master Planning process provides the opportunity for everyone to help shape the future of the RISD campus. We will know the process is a success when every interested member of our community feels they have been heard and the resulting plan is clearly connected to the vision of our special community. A successful master planning process will be inclusive, critical, and will result in a road map for the next 10 years of facility enhancements on the campus. It will help us ensure that programming drives our space utilization while responding to the concerns of space equity, scheduling, parking challenges, student housing and other issues facing our community.

We look forward to seeing you on March 4th.


John Maeda                    Jack Silva
President                        AVP, Facilities

Campus planning, Community Conversation, John Maeda

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