6th Biennial Design Science Symposium

Draft Schedule—Subject to Change

September 20-22, 2019
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Programming will take place at several locations, including: the Metcalf Auditorium at the Chace Center (20 N. Main Street); the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab (13 Waterman Street); the Fleet Library at RISD (15 Westminister Street); and others TBD.

Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21 Sunday, September 22

Nature Lab — Waterman Building
& Fleet Library at RISD
Tours of The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab and Arthur Loeb Design Science Collection

Participants will enjoy tours of both the Arthur Loeb Design Science Teaching Collection and RISD’s Edna Lawrence Nature Lab.

The Loeb Collection features hundreds of three-dimensional polyhedra and two-dimensional patterns that inspire students and faculty to examine nature’s fundamental responses to design problems.

The Nature Lab, with its collection of more than 80,000 natural history objects, books, visual resources, microscopes and digital workstations, serves as an invaluable research facility for the RISD community.

Chace Center — RISD Museum
Chace Center — RISD Museum
Welcome Reception and Introductions
Chace Center — RISD Museum
Keynote Presentation: Mariam Kamara

Mariam Kamara is a Nigerien architect. In 2014, she founded atelier masōmī, an architecture and research firm through which she tackles a wide variety of public, cultural, residential, commercial and urban design projects. A notable example is the Religious-Secular Complex of Dandaji in Niger, a collaborative cultural project that has won the 2017 Gold LafargeHolcim Award for Africa and Middle East, and the 2018 Silver Global LafargeHolcim Award for Sustainable Architecture.

In 2013, Kamara became a founding member of united4design, a global collective of architects working on projects in the U.S., Afghanistan and Niger. They have collaborated to produce projects like Niamey2000 in Niger, which was awarded an American institute of Architects Seattle Award and Architect Magazine’s 2017 R+D Award for innovation.

Prior to architecture, Kamara was a software developer for several years after obtaining a Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science, respectively from New York University and Purdue University. She studied architecture at the University of Washington. Her Masters thesis, Mobile Loitering, which focused on issues of gender and public space in Niger, was awarded Thesis Prize and a special mention in the 2014 Young Architects in Africa Competition. The project was also exhibited in the 2014 Milan Triennale’s Africa Big Chance Big Change exhibit. It has since been part of a worldwide traveling exhibition to various European countries, South Africa, China and more.

Kamara’s work is guided by the belief that architects have an important role to play in thinking of spaces that have the power to elevate, dignify, and provide a better quality of life. Through her practice, she aims to discover innovative ways of doing so, while maintaining an intimate dialog between architecture, people, and context.

Kamara is the winner of the 2018 Rolex Mentor and Protégé program for the architecturediscipline and will spend two years working with Sir David Adjaye RA.