Architecture for Architects: RWU’s School of Architecture Through Four Decades of Change

How does an architect design for other architects? 

KITE’s work with RWU’s School of Architecture spans decades. The award winning design was originally built by the firm in 1984 and KITE designed two major additions for new studios, classrooms, workshops and offices in 2004. 

Now,  KITE has been charged with updating the school’s studio space to meet current learning and teaching needs while also anticipating future growth. 

This April 21st-23rd, as part of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference: Come Back to the Future, KITE Principal Christine West, AIA and Architectural Designer Brigida Capicotto will present a 3D virtual tour exploring the spaces and reflecting on the building designed by architects for architects.

The current transformation supports the pedagogy of a 21st century design studio, identifying the ways that architectural studies have progressed since the original building design. The design highlights collaboration and various styles of work. With a focus on human-centered design, KITE Architects intends to increase a student’s sense of belonging, identity, and agency within the studio. 

From winning the 1984 entry in a national competition to its modern incarnation, the project also mirrors the evolution of KITE. Learn how the formative leadership of William L. Kite Jr., FAIA has transitioned with the current owners Albert Garcia, AIA and Christine West, AIA and the changes along the way.

To register for the virtual event, click here!