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Cummings School of Architecture at Roger Williams University

Cummings School of Architecture

Cummings School of Architecture at Roger Williams University celebrates a historic investment in a Rhode Island institution of higher-learning.

2022 (BOSTON, Mass.) – Woburn-based Cummings Foundation has again invested in workforce development through a new $20 million pledge to Roger Williams University. This commitment, the largest in the Rhode Island institution’s history, will support multidisciplinary programming at the newly rededicated Cummings School of Architecture.

A new Cummings Institute for Real Estate is centered within Cummings School of Architecture. This new institute will integrate the legal, financial, and environmental considerations of real estate development with the aesthetic and practical principles of architecture, preservation, and urban and regional planning.

“This is a first-in-the-nation program to offer such a distinctive combination of subjects,” said Roger Williams University president Yannis Miaoulis, Ph.D. “Powered by this historic partnership, Cummings School of Architecture will serve as a catalyst for the university’s continued and growing success in preparing students to be leaders in all facets of sustainable and equitable design, preservation, and development.”

Cummings School of Architecture at Roger Williams University

Students at the Cummings School may pursue professional certificates as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees. According to Miaoulis, this expanded programming “aligns perfectly with Bill Cummings’ professional legacy and the entrepreneurial spirit of his entire organization.”

“One constant in the business world is that a well-educated, well-prepared workforce spurs economic progress,” said Cummings Foundation co-founder Bill Cummings, who in 1970 founded full-service commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties. “We are delighted to invest in Roger Williams’ proven efforts to shape the highly skilled, socially conscious workforce of tomorrow.”

Roger Williams University is the fifth post-secondary school to join Cummings Foundation’s Affiliated Colleges,” a group of unrelated schools connected by Cummings as a major benefactor. The other institutions are Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; Cummings Institute of Global Health at University of Global Health Equity, in Rwanda; Cummings School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Endicott College; and Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology.

The Foundation has no operational control over any of these entities, but has committed at least $10 million to career-readiness curricula at each.

Miaoulis will join the leaders of the other four Affiliated Colleges as a community trustee of Cummings Foundation.

About Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University (RWU) is a private university committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning. At RWU, small classes, direct access to faculty, and guaranteed opportunity for real-world projects ensure that its nearly 4,000 undergraduates – along with hundreds of law students, graduate students, and adult learners – graduate with the ability to think critically along with the practical skills that today’s employers demand. More information is available at

About Cummings Foundation

Established in 1986 by Bill and Joyce Cummings, Cummings Foundation has benefited from substantial contributions from the Cummings family, often through donations of debt-free commercial real estate, which is managed at no cost by Cummings Properties. The majority of Cummings Properties’ 11 million-square-foot portfolio is owned by Cummings Foundation and operated for its sole benefit. One hundred percent of rental profits support local charities. Additional information is available at

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