Student-led conversations with fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni at one of the world’s premier colleges for art and design.
S2E3: John Smith
On this episode, I sat down with former RISD Museum Director John Smith. John served as director for 10 years and fundamentally altered the trajectory of the RISD Museum with major capital changes including the introduction of technology. We spoke about how the museum stays relevant to the RISD community, The repatriation of indigenous artifacts, and of course, the best-kept secrets in the RISD Museum.
S2E2: Valeria Albani
On this episode, I sat down with Valeria Albani who recently left RISD after six years as the associate director at RISD 's Global Exchange department. We spoke about the similarities and differences of European and American higher education, RISD's European Honors Program, how virtual capabilities will create a more equitable global experience, and the unique ripple effect that happens when students return from a semester abroad.
S2E1: Jim Barnes
On this episode, I sat down with the legendary architecture professor Jim Barnes. I spoke with Jim about what he's been up to since retirement. We discussed RISD's retirement policy during the COVID-19 pandemic and walked through Jim's most memorable moments over the last 50 years. Finally, we discussed why so many student-led initiatives never seem to last more than a couple of years.
S1E8: Willem Van Lancker
On this episode, I sat down with RISD Graphic Design Alumni Willem Van Lancker. Willem is a designer and entrepreneur who co-founded Oyster and today helps lead company incubation at Thrive Capital. We spoke about his advice to find intersections in your career as they often lead to the most creative outcomes, his role and passion for hospitality, and his bespoke career path since graduation.
S1E7: Deborah Berke
On this episode, I sat down with RISD Architecture alumna Deborah Berke, founder of Deborah Berke Architects and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. We spoke about what life would be like living in year 1,000, the lack of optimism in retirement communities across the United States, and how her RISD education helped land her first job as a graphic designer at an engineering firm in New York City.
S1E6: John Maeda
On this episode, I sat down with former RISD President John Maeda. We spoke about how the 2008 global financial crisis shaped his presidency, the role social media and Twitter had on this international appearance, and his courage of conviction amidst pushback from RISD faculty and staff.