Designers Make It Work at Design Week RI

The annual celebration of creative thinkers gathers all over the state


Design Week RI (DWRI) is an 11-day, statewide celebration, with over 35 events taking place all over Rhode Island from September 14-25. This year marks the third annual event hosted by DESIGNxRI, featuring nationally and locally renowned designers taking part in panels, showcases and more. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the exciting events planned so far.

First, join KITE Architect’s Albert Garcia, along with interior designer Libby Slader and Providence Revolving Fund’s Clarke Schoettle for “KITE Architects and Cuba,” as they discuss their individual perspectives into Cuba’s important design culture. Albert will also share the challenges he faced while being in a country where the profession of architecture was essentially banned for a generation. September 14. 6pm, location TBD.  

Don’t miss the kickoff event, PVD Design Catalyst Party at the Westminster Arcade. This fundraising event will feature displays, performance antics, food trucks and more. All proceeds support DESIGNxRI, and attendees can bid on auction items created by the grantees themselves, or enter the raffle for a chance to win signature prizes. September 16. 6-10pm at the Westminster Arcade. 65 Weybosset Street.

As the only event in Rhode Island to join in The United State of Women campaign spearheaded by the White House, Women in Design celebrates the successes of female designers. The challenges and opportunities around design, gender and culture in society will be discussed during this powerful panel of women design leaders.


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