RISD-specific best practices

General guidelines

Don’t use the word ‘the’ when referring to the official name of the college. The preferred title is simply:

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Do add ‘the’ as a modifier (but not capitalized) when referring to RISD entities such as:

the RISD Alumni Association, the RISD Board of Trustees

the RISD community, the RISD Museum, the RISD Auditorium

When referring to RISD’s separate entities—the college and the museum—don’t capitalize the c, t or m in these words. Collectively, these two parts of RISD are often referred to as the institution (again, all lowercase), though generally the word ‘RISD’ covers both.

Although the word ‘school’ is part of RISD’s official name, the preference is to refer to the academic arm of RISD as ‘the college’ (vs ‘the School’) to differentiate it from grammar and secondary schools.

Referencing academic divisions / departments / degrees

RISD’s four academic divisions (in bold below) include the departments listed under each:

Architecture + Design
Apparel Design
Furniture Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture
Landscape Architecture

Experimental and Foundation Studies (EFS)
Digital + Media

Fine Arts
Jewelry + Metalsmithing

Liberal Arts
History and Theory of Art and Design (THAD) previously known as HAVC / History of Art and Visual Culture
History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (HPSS)
Literary Arts and Studies (LAS)

The academic leaders who run these divisions are called deans. Find the names of current deans at risd.edu/academics/leadership.

Use the full title of the department in all first references (Furniture Design vs Furniture or Jewelry + Metalsmithing vs Jewelry). In most scenarios, it’s not necessary to include the word department after these titles but if you do, the word the should not be capitalized nor used before the department title (the Apparel Design department).

RISD’s three Liberal Arts departments do not confer undergraduate degrees but do offer concentrations (which are like a minor at other colleges). Note that these are the titles of both the departments and the concentrations they offer:

History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (HPSS)

Literary Arts and Studies (LAS)

Theory and History of Art and Design (THAD) previously known as HAVC / History of Art and Visual Culture

The two new MA programs in Liberal Arts slated to begin in 2018/19 and 2019/20, respectively, are titled:

Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies (NCSS) use en dashes to separate the first three words

Global Arts and Cultures (GAC)

In addition to the concentrations housed in Liberal Arts, three interdisciplinary concentrations are also available. The first two are overseen by faculty members in Experimental and Foundation Studies, while the latter is aligned with Liberal Arts:

Computation, Technology and Culture (CTC)

Drawing (DRW)

Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies (NCSS) use en dashes to separate the first three words

The names of discrete departments are capitalized when the reference is clearly to the department as opposed to the discipline:

Students in Illustration generally visit New York once a semester.

Students studying illustration work in a broad range of mediums.

At RISD the faculty member in charge of each department is called the department head, while the faculty member in charge of each graduate program is the graduate program director and the person administering each concentration is called the concentration coordinator.

Full-time faculty members hold the title of assistant professor, associate professor or professor (the highest ranking), whereas part-time faculty members in studio disciplines are referred to as critic or senior critic and in the liberal arts, as lecturer or senior lecturer.

Only capitalize job titles when using them before a person’s name:

Ceramics Department Head Katy Schimert…

Professor Lucy Hitchcock

Professor of Graphic Design Lucy Hitchcock

Senior Lecturer Tom Roberts earned a 2017 Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

When used after a person’s name, the title is lowercase but the department name is capitalized:

Katy Schimert, head of Ceramics

Katy Schimert, department head in Ceramics

Lucy Hitchcock, a professor of Graphic Design

Tom Roberts, a senior lecturer in History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences, earned a 2017 Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Longtime Liberal Arts faculty member Tom Roberts earned a 2017 Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Tom Roberts, a longtime faculty member in History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences, earned a 2017 Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The names of current faculty members, department heads and graduate program coordinators are listed on each departmental faculty page the risd.edu site (academics/department-title/faculty).

Noting RISD affiliations

When first mentioning a person’s name, indicate the individual’s RISD affiliation by identifying faculty and staff by title (using initial capitalization only when the title precedes the name) followed by the first and last name. Depending on the context, you may want to boldface the person’s name (as the Media Group does in the print pieces and websites we oversee):

Dean of Fine Arts Robert Brinkerhoff

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Keetra Dixon

If a person’s title is on the long side, it’s best to list it after the name. Note that when the title comes after the name, use lowercase but still use initial caps when the referencing the department or division:

Joanne Stryker, dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies, …

Dan Cavicchi, head of , is leading...

Reference students and alumni by a class year and major:

Zai Rutter 19 PH

Kevin Jankowski 88 IL

If the faculty or staff member is also a RISD alum, include that information with the first reference. And if the person holds multiple titles, feel free to reference both or just the highest one:

Glass Department Head Rachel Berwick 84 GL or Professor Rachel Berwick 84 GL, head of Glass,

Director of RISD Careers Kevin Jankowski 88 IL

Subsequent references to an individual are by surname only (yes: Berwick served as editor of the book… or Jankowski leads RISD Careers…) without an honorific (no: Ms. Berwick served as editor of the book OR Mr. Jankowski leads…).

For communications aimed at external audiences unfamiliar with the class year + major shorthand, add the word RISD and the degree and class year but not the major designation:

Kevin Jankowski [RISD BFA 88]

More on alumni class years + majors

When referring to current students and/or alumni, include a class year and abbreviation for a major after each name. Design-wise, we opt to present years with the last two digits only and without an apostrophe to replace the first two digits. Also, only the first and last names are in bold. Class year and major designations remain unbolded:

Justin Brown 19 IL

Sarah Sandler 00 GD

(Note that since the class year/major appendage makes it impossible to present the name in the possessive form, we work around that through alternative sentence structures.)

For undergraduates, the BFA degree is understood, so it’s not necessary to repeat it when including a major using the following acronyms:

AP Apparel Design
Arch Architecture
CR Ceramics
DM Digital + Media
FAV Film/Animation/Video
FD Furniture Design
GL Glass
GD Graphic Design
IL Illustration
ID Industrial Design
IA Interior Architecture
JM Jewelry + Metalsmithing
PT Painting
PH Photography
PR Printmaking
SC Sculpture
TX Textiles

Alumni of the Brown|RISD Dual Degree program should be designated with the degree acronym followed by the year of graduation and the major code for the student’s RISD major:

Hannah Koenig BRDD 14 PR

For graduates of the five-year programs, include one of the following degree abbreviations before the class year and without listing a major after the year (since the major is indicated in the name of the degree). List the final degree (i.e. the fifth-year one) only:

Dina Zaccagnini BGD 93

Zoetrope Zook BArch 02

Although Architecture is the only department that still offers a fifth-year degree, many alumni earned professional degrees in the past so we still reference them as follows:

BArch Bachelor of Architecture (the only one of the five still offered)
BGD Bachelor of Graphic Design
BID Bachelor of Industrial Design
BLA Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
BIA Bachelor of Interior Architecture

For graduate students, indicate which type of graduate degree an individual received, along with the year + major (MFA 99 FD or MFA 85 PT). As with fifth-year degrees, if the degree itself indicates what the major is, it’s not necessary to repeat it: MID 66 vs. MID 66 ID (redundant). The acronyms we use are:

MA Master of Arts in Art + Design Education (offered in TLAD)
Master of Arts in Adaptive Reuse (offered in Interior Architecture)
Master of Arts in Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies (Liberal Arts degree program as of 2018/19)
MArch Master of Architecture
MAT Master of Arts in Teaching (offered in TLAD)
MDes Master of Design in Interior Studies (offered in Interior Architecture)
MFA Master of Fine Arts
MID Master of Industrial Design
MLA Master of Landscape Architecture

If a person holds both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in the same discipline, indicate the major after the undergraduate class year only:

Henry Horenstein 71 PH/MFA 73

Martin Mull 65 PT/MFA 67

For alumni who earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at RISD but in different majors, indicate the affiliation this way:

Mary Martin 65 IL/MFA 78 TX

Tamara Teakettle 90 FAV/MFA 92 PH

Degrees formerly offered at RISD, but no longer available include:

AD Advertising Design
AE Art Education (undergraduate degree)
LA Landscape Architecture (undergraduate degree)
MAE Master of Art Education
MD Machine Design
TC Textile Chemistry
TE Textile Engineering

Subsequent references to an individual are by surname only (e.g. Eddins now works as a freelance designer…) without an honorific (no: Ms. Eddins now works…).

For communications aimed at external audiences unfamiliar with this shorthand, add the word RISD and the degree and class year but not the major designation:

Kevin Jankowski [RISD BFA 88]

Find the official titles of RISD’s administrative departments and offices at risd.edu/about/offices, where you’ll also find phone numbers, email addresses and office hours.

First-year vs freshmen

Refer to first-year students (who don’t declare majors until March) by including a class year after their name and the acronym EFS (for Experimental and Foundation Studies). Note also that at RISD the preference is to refer to these students as first-year students not ‘freshman’ (individually) or ‘freshmen’ (when referring to them in aggregate). It’s also ok to refer to them as first-years or foundation students in subsequent references.

Referencing RISD spaces and departments

Being consistent about how we refer to a given campus facility or department helps avoid confusion and ensure positive, efficient and safe experiences for both visitors and the campus community. Developed by the Media Group and Campus Services, the naming system below aims to foster:

  • accessibility by being clear, concise, logical and easy to alphabetize
  • consistency through a minimalist approach aligned to RISD editorial styles
  • safety by aligning street addresses to the city’s 911 system and listing each official building entrance

Angell Street Studios | 52 Angell Street

Auditorium Building | 17 Canal Walk
RISD Auditorium
Experimental and Foundations Studies (studios)
Film/Animation/Video (studios)
Media Resources

Bank Building | 27 North Main Street
risd:store 3D
Furniture Design (faculty offices and studios)

Barstow House | 62 Waterman Street
student housing

Bayard Ewing Building (BEB) | 231 South Main Street
Architecture (main office and studios)
BEB Gallery
BEB Model Shop
Landscape Architecture (main office and studios)

Benson Hall | 235 Benefit Street
Printmaking (main office and studios)

Canal Street Studios | 189 Canal Street
Apparel Design (main office and studios)

Carpenter House | One Congdon Street
student housing

Carr House | 210 Benefit Street
Carr Haus Café
Center for Student Involvement
Disability Support Services
faculty offices
Nature Lab office
International Student Services
Student Affairs

Center for Integrative Technologies/CIT | 169 Weybosset Street
Digital + Media (main office and studios)
Graduate Student Lounge
graduate student studios (Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles)
Graphic Design (graduate office and studios)
Industrial Design (graduate office and studios)
Interior Architecture (main office and studios)
Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery

Central Power Plant | 9 North Main Street

Chace Center | 20 North Main Street
curatorial offices
Dryfoos Student Media Gallery
Experimental and Foundation Studies (studios)
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery
Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium
Minskoff Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs
Museum main entrance
Museum special exhibitions galleries

Charles Landing | 73–85 Charles Street
graduate student housing

Charles Landing North | 400–456 North Main Street
graduate student housing

College Building | Two College Street
Architecture + Design Division (dean’s office)
Environmental Health and Safety
Liberal Arts Division (dean’s office and classrooms)
Painting (studios)
Textiles (main office and studios)

Colonial Apartments | 173–185 Benefit Street
Planning, Design and Construction (office)
student housing

Congdon House | Two Congdon Street
student housing

Design Center | 30 North Main Street
Color Lab
Concept Link
Continuing Education (classrooms)
Graphic Design (main office and studios)
Graphic Design Commons
Liberal Arts Division (classrooms)
Photography (main office and studios)
Red Eye Gallery
Watermark Café

Dexter House | 187 Benefit Street
student housing

Dexter House Studio | 187 Benefit Street
Experimental and Foundation Studies

Dunnell House | 16 Angell Street
student housing

Dwight House | 191 Benefit Street
student housing

East Hall | 48 Waterman Street
Card Services
bookbinding / papermaking studio
student housing

Ewing Multicultural Center | 41 Waterman Street
Intercultural Student Engagement

Fletcher Building | 212 Union Street
graduate student studios (Digital + Media, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture)

Hay Building | 103 Dyer Street

Hay Building | 123 Dyer Street
Accounts Receivable
Budget Office
Government Relations
Information Technology Services
Institutional Engagement
Media Group
Procurement Services
Risk Compliance and Property Management
Strategic Initiatives

Homer Hall | 55 Angell Street
Health Services
Pride Room
Reflection Room
student housing
Winston Clock Tower Gallery

Illustration Studies Building (ISB) | One Washington Place
Alfred DeCredico Gallery
Illustration (main office and studios)
ISB Gallery

Industrial Design Building | 161 South Main Street
Industrial Design (main office and studios)

Larned House | 71 Angell Street
student housing

Mandle Center for Living and Learning (15 West) | 15 Westminster Street
Fleet Library at RISD
Auxiliary Services (offices)
Center for Arts & Language
Experimental and Foundation Studies (studios)
meditation space
Portfolio Café
Public Safety (offices)
Residence Life (offices)
Spatial Audio Studio
student housing

Market House | 27 Market Square
Film/Animation/Video (main office)
Fine Arts Division (dean’s office)
Experimental and Foundation Studies (studios)

Meeting Street Studios | 41 Meeting Street

Memorial Hall | 226 Benefit Street
Painting (main office and studios)
Painting Gallery
Printmaking (studio)
Tap Room

Metcalf Building | 7–14 North Main Street
Ceramics (main office and studios)
Furniture Design Woodshop
Glass (main office, studios, Hot Shop)
Jewelry + Metalsmithing (main office and studios)
Sculpture (main office and studios)
Textiles (studio)

Metcalf Refectory | 55 Angell Street
Catanzaro Student Fitness Center
Dining + Catering
The Met (dining hall)
seminar/meeting rooms

Nickerson Hall | 55 Angell Street
student housing

Nightingale House | 59 Prospect Street
student housing

North Hall | 60 Waterman Street
student housing

Pardon Miller House | 48 Angell Street
student housing

Plantations Barn Building | 345–355 South Main Street
Continuing Education (offices)
Project Open Door
Teaching + Learning in Art + Design

Plantations Building 1 | 257 South Main Street
Jolly Roger Deli

Plantations Building 3 | 293 South Main Street
Center for Social Equity and Inclusion
Teaching and Learning Lab

Point Street Studios | 130 Point Street
risd:store storage
CE studios

President’s House | 132 Bowen Street

RISD Museum (Farago wing entrance) | 224 Benefit Street
Café Pearl
curatorial offices
Jesse & Helen Metcalf Galleries
Pendleton House
public galleries
Radeke Building

South Hall | 30 Waterman Street
Public Safety
Residence Life
student housing

Thompson House | 63 Angell Street
Counseling and Psychological Services

Washington Place | 20 Washington Place
(accessible entrance: 60 North Main Street)
(mailroom: 10 Steeple Street)
Academic Advising
Academic Affairs
Continuing Education (classrooms)
Experimental and Foundation Studies (studios)
Finance and Administration
Furniture Design (main office and studios)
General Counsel
Graduate Studies (office)
Human Resources
Illustration (studios)
Integrated Planning
Liberal Arts Division (classrooms)
Mail Services
President’s Office
Provost’s Office
RISD Careers
RISD Global
RISD Research
Student Financial Services
Title IX
Trustee Relations

Waterman Building | 13 Waterman Street
Experimental and Foundation Studies (main office and studios)
Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab
Waterman Gallery

What Cheer Garage | 160 Benefit Street
Campus Conference and Event Services
Facilities (offices)

What Cheer Garage | 28 Meeting Street
Facilities (shops)

What Cheer Studios | 156 Benefit Street
Experimental and Foundation Studies

Woods-Gerry House | 62 Prospect Street
Campus Exhibitions
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Frazier Terrace
Homer Terrace
Market Square
Moore Terrace
Nickerson Green
RISD Beach
Woods-Gerry Garden

Tillinghast Place | 231 Nayatt Road
CE studios

The House at Tillinghast Place | 15 Freemont Avenue
residential and events rental property

Rental properties owned by RISD Holdings that are not occupied by RISD:

Page Building | 200–202 South Main Street

204 South Main | 204 South Main Street

Plantations Building 1 | 247-255 South Main Street

Plantations Building 2 | 261-267 South Main Street

Tanner Building | 262-266 South Main Street (250 South Water)

Fire House | 301-305 South Main Street (250 South Water)