The Center for Complexity at the Rhode Island School of Design is a platform for project-based collaboration and innovation, founded to benefit a diverse range of external partners, scholars, and the RISD community.

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The most pressing problems we face today are sprawling beasts, crossing borders and boundaries, with little regard for the carefully constructed silos that characterize 20th Century knowledge and practice.

We are interested in systems and their big challenges. We believe they must be addressed by methods that link minds, disciplines, geographies, and scales.

We work between research and realization, bridging pedagogy and practice.

Our Focus Areas
  • The Future Of Food
  • Design Education
  • Nuclear Architecture
  • Civics & City Making
  • Opioids, Care, & Addiction
  • Uncertainty in Emergency Medicine
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Joining a global conversation about the what and why of complexity, we seek to understand the how.

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Founding Partner

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