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about KITE Architects is a thoughtful and creative architecture firm that works closely with clients to create beautiful, sustainable, productive and timeless buildings and spaces. Working with forward-thinking organizations and innovative developers, we explore the possibilities of each project with an honest and creative lens. With a perspective that balances technical expertise, a practical sensibility, and an eye for elegant design, we guide our clients to the finished product: an inspiring built environment where utility and possibility meet. services KITE
10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Steel Yard!
We are so excited to reveal KITE’s design for the Steel Yard’s Super Studio! This renovation and addition will have a major impact on The Steel Yard’s capacity and your experience. The project not only provides much needed basics like heat, lighting, and energy efficient windows, but a welcome center with restrooms, classroom, office, and exhibit space. Construction will start after Thanksgiving. To commemorate the Super Studio we’re shining a spotlight on 10 things you didn’t know about the Steel
KITE is Lead Presenter at Resilient Rhode Island
WHAT CAN WE DO?! Have you asked yourself this question when faced with the reality of global climate change? The issue may be complex, but our individual responses don’t have to be. Next week, KITE Principals Albert Garcia and Christine West will be kicking off the AIAri Summer Conference, themed Resilient Rhode Island, in a talk sharing their experience in designing sustainable projects of all scales and providing tips that industry professionals can apply to their projects today for impactful
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
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,
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!
Herreshoff Marine Complex
KITE has worked with the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame to analyze their historic maritime buildings with the goal of creating a technology transfer and incubator campus for marine businesses using green building techniques. The intersection of sustainable design and historic preservation make this a technically demanding venture that celebrates the legacy and spirit of innovation of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company while creating a meaningful and economically viable asset to the community.
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.
Confirmed: The Dean Hotel is One of World’s Best New Hotels
KITE Architects – along with most of Providence – celebrated its latest triumph at the Grand Opening of The Dean Hotel on Fountain Street in Providence on April 4, 2014. Just opened, the hotel is attracting global attention, including Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Hot List of the world’s best new hotels in the “bargain” category in its most selective list to date, along with destinations in New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, and Panama City. As part of the recognition, the hotel was featured on CNN and NBC’s Today Show.
TRAC moves into Wolcott Ave with KITE’s help
KITE is proud to have helped TRAC Builders with interior design to retrofit the Eco-office at 28 Wolcott Avenue as their new headquarters.
NBC wins Infrastructure Project of the Year
KITE’s Narragansett Bay Commission Field’s Point Administration Building is part of the winning the 2014 Infrastructure Project of the Year from the Construction Management Association of the Year New England Chapter in the category for Projects Less than $100 Million. We’re excited and honored by the recognition!
The Dean Hotel Generates Early Buzz
Excitement is building for the launch of The Dean Hotel!