July 30, 2018

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

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July 16, 2018

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

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May 18, 2018

You’re Invited! Join us at PVDFest Ideas Conference

KITE Architects is proud to announce our sponsorship of the second annual PVDFest Ideas Conference, themed Cyborg Cities: Humans, Technology and Urban Spaces. As part of the sponsorship,  we have invited Sarah Williams Goldhagen to key note the event and discuss concepts from her book Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives. Read on to learn more about Goldhagen’s address and register for the full day event via the link below!  Keynote Address: Human Centered Smart Cities Research in

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December 22, 2017


KITE Architects is currently seeking applicants for the position of architectural designer. Ideal candidates will have 2-7 years architectural work experience, although skills developed in other positions will be considered.  Candidates should demonstrate design ability, proficiency in a variety of visual media, communication skills and a successful ability to work both independently and in teams. We pride ourselves on having high standards of quality in our work and respect for each other’s contributions in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. Architects in

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December 15, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christine West, Principal, KITE Architects Tel: 401.272.0240 Email: cw@kitearchitects.com Website: http://kitearchitects.com/   KITE ARCHITECTS ENTERS INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP WITH CHARRETTE VENTURE GROUP Innovative Business Model Provides New Infrastructure for Sustained Growth PROVIDENCE, RI – December 14, 2017: Providence-based KITE Architects is the latest firm to join the growing national portfolio of Charrette Venture Group (CVG), one of the only investment groups focusing on the architecture space. CVG identifies architectural firms positioned for sustained growth and provides them with

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July 28, 2017

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

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July 24, 2017

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

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July 21, 2017

We’ve Moved!

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

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September 1, 2016

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

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May 26, 2016

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

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May 20, 2016

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,

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April 27, 2016

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!

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October 6, 2015

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.

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August 5, 2015

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!

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August 2, 2015

Historic Downtown Building Renovation

KITE worked with the developer on studies for the renovation of this historic brick building to market rate apartments. KITE developed design alternatives for incorporation into the pro-forma and renderings in advance of presentation to investors and the approval process.

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Academic Building

KITE conceived a proposal for a new campus academic building that employed strategic siting to take advantage of relationships to the existing campus. The design positioned the building on the corner of its urban site in order to define a small courtyard which would be the terminus of an active path. The building then used views onto this south-facing courtyard to set the stage for views of an existing historic building, and create a more gracious entrance to a tall

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Staff Lounge

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.

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Sin Bakery, 1326 Westminster Street

KITE partnered with Libby Slader Design to help Sin Bakery develop their proposal for a cafe and bakery on the site of a former gas station on a major neighborhood commercial corridor. The redevelopment was intended allow their business to grow while adding an amenity to the West Side neighborhood.  

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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.

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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.

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