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Roger Williams University Cummings School: Nurturing the Multifaceted Architects of Tomorrow

Every country in the world has at least one magnificent building or structure that continually stops people in their tracks, is photographed with excitement, and fingered with admiration. Architects can do a little more. They can say, “I designed this!” reap the rewards of their hard work through validation and recognition.

Roger Williams University (RWU) first developed its specialist division to equip more students with the knowledge and skills to achieve such greatness. Today, it will do so more efficiently thanks to a $20 million partnership with the Cummings Foundation.

“Powered by this historic partnership, the Cummings School of Architecture will serve as a catalyst for the university’s continued and growing success in preparing our students to become leaders in all facets of design, preservation and development. sustainable and equitable development at the intersection of nature. and built environments,” says RWU President Ioannis N. Miaoulis.

The philanthropic partnership between the two is the largest in the university’s history, resulting in the rebranding of the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, which will now be called the Cummings School of Architecture(Cummings School). The school will strengthen an already impressive base while adding quality courses in real estate to meet the interests of budding professionals eager to build happy homes.

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Rightly so, because Bill Cummings, founder of the Cummings Foundation and Cummings Properties, is also a very successful real estate developer and entrepreneur in Massachusetts. He shares his confidence in the partnership, saying, “RWU is dedicated to building a thriving workforce across all sectors and providing real-world learning opportunities for its students to have. an impact on the community throughout their career.

“This kind of entrepreneurial spirit is exactly what is needed to succeed in work and life, and it aligns so naturally with our mission at the Cummings Foundation to promote and strengthen the social and economic inclusion of President Miaoulis has a compelling and powerful vision for RWU and its students, and the Cummings Foundation is delighted to be a partner in that growth in the years to come.

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RWU’s signature NAAB Accredited Master of Architecture Program remains on offer, but better than ever. The qualification provides professional training in design, history, planning and technology while helping learners develop the critical strategic thinking and communication skills needed to tackle a range of issues from sustainability and urban planning to historic preservation. . The program is also designated STEM, which allows you to request an additional 24-month extension of your post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States.

During this time, the MS Preservation Practices Program, already rare in the country, will continue to deliver courses in the history of the built environment combined with applied learning experiences to introduce interdisciplinary teamwork to the practice of historic preservation. Ultimately, it teaches students to thrive in the areas of cultural resource management, community planning, and place-based revitalization and redevelopment.

Undergraduate and graduate programs in real estate will be the school’s latest additions. Expert opinions abound. RWU Trustee and Graduate Todd Rechler, Director of Construction and Development at RXR Realty, is taking care of it with a generous donation to accelerate the progress of the Cummings school and reflect more on the illustrious career of Bill Cummings.

The multidisciplinary program will combine various fields of study to produce graduates with skills broad enough to solve the many challenges that exist within the multi-faceted real estate profession.

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“Expanding our existing world-class architecture and preservation programs with a new depth and breadth of education in real estate aligns perfectly with Bill’s professional heritage and the entrepreneurial spirit of Bill and the entire Cummings Foundation”, explains President Miaoulis.

“This is a unique program in the country to offer such a distinctive combination of architecture, real estate, preservation and planning, enhanced by deeper integration with commercial, legal, construction and planning expertise. university engineering.

Steve White, Dean of the Cummings School of Architecture, believes the expertise of the Cummings Foundation will effortlessly add “immediate distinction” to RWU’s emerging academic offerings in real estate – far more than it will has already done.

“Cummings Properties has been a valued contributor to our architectural design studios, internships and work placements, as well as many of our residency teaching practices for years,” says Dean White. “The Cummings School will add new meaning and potential for our students, faculty, programs and partners – and for the quality of the environment as a whole.”

To experience it for yourself, click here to learn more about what RWU Master in Architecture can do for your aspirations.

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