Press Release: KITE Principal Appointed President of Providence Revolving Fund
July 28, 2017 (Providence, RI) – KITE Architects is pleased to announce that Principal Christine M. West, AIA, was named President of the Providence Revolving Fund board Wednesday the 26th of July during the group’s monthly meeting on the west side of Providence. Formerly serving as Secretary of the board, West has been a board member since 2009 and a resident of the Armory Historic District since 2004. Established in 1980, The Providence Revolving Fund is a community-based, non-profit, development and lending
Celebrating Audrey Street Homes
Today we celebrate the completion and sale of the third home in the Audrey Street Initiative! Based on the award-winning design by KITE principal Christine M. West, AIA, the Audrey Street homes can be used to meet LEED-Homes criteria for green building, Energy Star Homes Certifications, as well as Rhode Island Housing standards. The design for the single-family house is modeled on Victorian homes found throughout Providence, and each version features an entry tower that gives the house a unique
KITE Architects is excited to announce our recent purchase and renovation of the One Central Street studio space in the Pearl Street Lofts! Having leased in the building since 2013, the expansive studio is nearly triple the square footage of our previous space and reflects the modern and innovative design that the firm has become known for. We are proud to now permanently call Central Street home and celebrated the important moment in KITE’s legacy with a grand opening on June 27th. Marking the
DesignWeek RI Kick-Off Event: KITE and Cuba !
KITE and Cuba: A Deeply Personal Exploration of Architecture in Cuba Cuba’s architecture is among the most diverse in the world. Reflective of both the country’s political and social history, its buildings capture the essence of Cuban life from colonial to modern times. Join KITE Architect’s Albert Garcia, along with interior designer Libby Slader and Providence Revolving Fund’s Clark Schoettle as they discuss their recent trips and individual perspectives into Cuba’s important design culture. Albert will share insights into the
Press Release: KITE Awarded Prestigious Honor
KITE Architects’ Albert Garcia Nationally Recognized as the Recipient of Marvin Architects Challenge Award for Best Remodel at AIA Convention May 26, 2016 (Providence, RI) – KITE Architects is pleased to announce that Principal Albert Garcia’s renovation of a Prospect Street, Providence residence has been awarded Best Remodel in the Marvin Windows and Doors Architects Challenge 2016. The official announcement was made at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday afternoon in a ceremony hosted
Albert Garcia Receives Marvin’s Best Remodel 2016 Award
Congratulations are in order for our Principal Albert Garcia who has been awarded Best Remodel in the Marvin Windows and Doors Architects Challenge 2016 for the renovation of a Prospect St, Providence residence! Albert, whose project was chosen from a pool of 169 architectural projects nationwide, accepted the award in a ceremony hosted by Marvin at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philly. Located in the heart of College Hill, this residential renovation project is surrounded by historic residences,
32 Custom House: Coming soon!
A true hidden gem in Providence’s trove of architectural integrity, the historic restoration of 32 Custom House will soon be unveiled with reclaimed glory. As development nears completion of the 10 stylish apartments and a dramatic ground level hosting an artisanal doughnut shop, KITE is excited to share a first glimpse of the space through the newly launched website: www.32customhouse.com Check out the architectural renderings through the link above or by clicking here and stay tuned for more updates!
I-195 Parcels Subject of ‘This Is the Place’ TEDxProvidence Talk
In 2012, KITE Principal Christine West gave a talk at TEDxProvidence about designing for the I-195 Parcels, and her perspective on architecture. View the full video “This Is the Place” on the TED YouTube channel.
Modelo’s Design Manifesto Features Interview with KITE
KITE is thrilled to be one of the featured architects in Modelo’s Design Manifesto series. The interview offered Principals Albert Garcia and Christine West an opportunity to offer an insight to our thinking and unique approach to architecture. We are also excited to use Modelo’s new collaborative tool that will allow us to engage our clients in the design process like never before!
KITE’s design for this lounge is an example of how a windowless basement space can be transformed into an appealing and relaxing staff area for dining and collaborative interactions. Located in an existing educational building without opportunity for natural daylight, KITE proposes using light, color, and a custom wood ceiling structure to create an inviting setting. The space would include an0 exercise area, a staff kitchen, and include a variety of seating and computer areas for flexible work options.
Classroom Building Roof Terrace
KITE prepared this design for the rooftop of an urban university building to take adavantage of magnificant city skyline views. The design used carefully arranged planters, seating areas, and shade structures to subtly divide the space and highlight key views. A covered outdoor structure would provide sheltered space. Larger planting areas integrated rainwater collection and were placed to amplify the indoor-outdoor connections.
New England Hotel
Planned as new construction in a vibrant commercial area, design explorations this 100 key hotel was designed to complement its established neighborhood and provide amenities to local patrons, as well as offer visitors access to highly walkable retail area and convenient access to institutions of higher learning. A limited number of long-term residences, a full conference center, below-grade parking and neighborhood oriended restaurant and retail spaces organized around an internal courtyard optimized the size of its urban site.
Green Company Headquarters
Designed to meet LEED Silver criteria and registered with the US Green Building Council, this proposal for new office building housing the headquarters for a growing construction firm reflect their dedication to quality construction and providing a positive work environment for their staff while demonstrating their capacity and comittment to green building technology. The design starts with a series of box-like forms that intersect a simple rectangular volume, creating spatial variety and reflecting the functions within. An emphasis on views
KITE prepares for Dean Avenue: An Activisual Experiment
Everyone at KITE Architects is excited about the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival, and especially the Dean Avenue Activisual Experiment. Along with other artists, we’ve been asked to create a usable chair/artwork for the lounge during the Festival (June 13 noon-9pm) at a special event location outside The Dean Hotel.
Clifton Village: Mixed Use
This design study for a large mixed use development was intended to create a rich urban environment that accommodates major retail, residential, and medical office space. The massing is carefully proportioned to create pedestrian friendly streets compatible with the surrounding leafy neighborhood, and the amenities complement its neighborhood commercial area.
PPS Festival of Historic Houses slated for June 13
KITE is proud to be a sponsor of the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Houses on June 13, 2015. A long-standing annual tradition in Providence, this year it offers a glimpse into fascinating historic homes in Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood. To celebrate, we have gathered many of our projects to tell their unique and sometimes surprising preservation stories.
Parcel 8 Purchase & Sale Agreement Approved by I-195 Commission
KITE is pleased to be the architect for new construction proposed for one of the first parcels to be developed on land opened by the relocation of Interstate 195 in Providence. The mixed-use development will include 75,000 sf of office, retail, and residential space with phenomenal views of the Narragansett Bay and the Providence skyline. KITE’s intent is to set a precedent for design that respects and rebuilds Providence’s unique cityscape by reconnecting the waterfront neighborhood.
The Dean Hotel takes the Gold!
Once again, KITE Architects is thrilled to be recognized in RI Monthly’s Annual Design Competition, this time earning the Gold level award for their work to help create The Dean Hotel. The project also won a 2014 Rhody Award from Preserve RI and the RI Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, and will receive an award from the Providence Preservation Society. Click here for a great summary of the project and a link to the before and after slideshow.
Interiors for TRAC Builders’ Eco-office Completed
KITE is pleased to share new images of the fit-out of TRAC Builders’ “eco-office” in the Valley neighborhood of Providence. The interior design was designed to maximize the sense of interior space and light while creating highly functional office, conference, and break areas. Previously developed by John Jacobson, TRAC completed renovations in the summer of 2014.
KITE Architects earns MBE Certification
KITE Architects is proud to announce their certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in the State of Rhode Island. A full guide to Rhode Island MBE regulations can be found at http://www.mbe.ri.gov/index.php.