List of Rhode Island School of Design people

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This is a list of notable people from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Notable alumni[edit]





Multimedia, Mixed Media and Installation[edit]

Art Dealers[edit]

  • Mary Boone (B.F.A. 1973) - Mary Boone Gallery
  • John Cheim (B.F.A. 1977) - Cheim & Read
  • Howard Read (B.F.A. 1976) - Cheim & Read



  • Preston Scott Cohen (B.Arch 1983) - Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
  • Sarah Thomas Engelke (B.I.Arch., B.F.A. 2009) - Architectural Design Manager at DVF (Diane von Furstenberg)
  • Michael Gabellini (B.Arch 1981) - Architect & Interior Designer, Teacher at the Parsons School of Design
  • Glenn Gissler (B.Arch 1984) - Architect
  • Richard Levine (B.Arch 1962) - Professor, Green Architect & Sustainability Pioneer.
  • Michael Maltzan (B.Arch) - Principal and Founder of Michael Maltzan Architecture.
  • Nader Tehrani (B.Arch 1986) - Professor and head of the Department of Architecture, MIT. Principal and Founder of NADAAA.
  • Charles Corda (B.Arch 1975) - Architect

Art Collectives[edit]




Film and Television[edit]

Furniture Design[edit]


Graphic Design[edit]

  • Tobias Frere-Jones (B.F.A. 1992) - famous American type designer
  • Tom Geismar (B.F.A.) - Renowned identity designer and corporate identity pioneer. Designed marks for NBC, Mobil, Chase, Xerox, and MoMA amongst others.
  • Justin Lo (B.F.A. 1999) - Hong Kong singer, composer and record producer.
  • Michael McPherson (M.F.A. 1979) - Graphic Designer, principal of CMN.
  • Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland (Carl Philip Edmund Bertil) (2007-2008) - Graphic Design studies
  • Michael Riley (B.F.A. 1991) - Hollywood film and television title designer, Founder of Shine, D&AD Gold Medal Award recipient.
  • Michael Rock (M.F.A. 1984) - Founder and Partner of 2x4[disambiguation needed], Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award recipient.
  • Jessica Walsh - Partner at Sagmeister & Walsh studio, Art Directors Club "Young Gun".
  • Cyrus Highsmith - (Graphic designer) Senior designer at Font Bureau.
  • Scott Stowell - (B.F.A. 1990) Proprietor of Open, 2008 National Design Award recipient.


Industrial Design[edit]


MacArthur Fellowships[edit]


A number of musical bands were formed by students while attending the school:


  • Arthur S. Douglas (Attended 1878) - First year student of RISD, Douglas, at the age of 18. He was also a student teacher at RISD. While a student at RISD, he also exhibited at the Providence Art Club along with S. Burleigh, and Edward Bannister. George Whitaker, in the December 3, 1881 issue of the Providence Journal reported, Arthur Douglas of the Rhode Island of Design showed meritorious work. Douglas was also a pupil instructor while attending RISD. For examples of his artwork you can go to[10]
  • Håvard Homstvedt (B.F.A. 2000) - Painter
  • Sonya Sklaroff (B.F.A. 1992) - artist/painter
  • Anne Morgan Spalter (M.F.A. 1992) - new media artist
  • Daniel Arango (M.F.A. 2010) - painter, visual artist
  • Kurt Wenner (Attended 19??) - anamorphic street painter
  • Richard Merkin (M.F.A. 1963) - Painter, New Yorker contributor, Prof. Emeritus RISD


Notable current and past faculty[edit]