About DesignWeekRI

a statewide celebration of RI's vast and diverse design talent



DESIGN WEEK RI is the annual showcase and celebration of design in Rhode Island. Each year, DESIGNxRI presents this multi-day, statewide event to highlight the vast and unique design asset in our state. We partner with dynamic individuals and organizations to bring over 35 events spanning 11 days, including speakers, tours, lunches, panel conversations, parties, awards and more.

Rhode Island is truly a hotbed of creativity and design, and in the global innovation economy, design is an important driver for change. DESIGN WEEK RI is the first event to bring together design-related gatherings and activities that showcase the innovative and economic impact of design practices across the state. Creatives, business owners, students, non-profits, entrepreneurs, partners, sponsors and the general public converge in downtown Providence and throughout the State of Rhode Island to celebrate design.

Event Committee:

  • Stephanie Caress, Office of Innovation, Project Coordinator, City of Providence
  • Bethany Costello, Associate Director, Community Relations, RISD
  • Sandy Connors, United Way, AIGA representative
  • Meg DeCubellis, Associate Professor, RISD
  • Maeve Donohue, NAMI Studio
  • Tara Ebsworth, Mechanical Engineer, Ximedica
  • Emily Hall, Director of Marketing & Senior Associate, Union Studio Architecture
  • Kevin Jankowski, Director, Career Center, RISD
  • Meaghan Kennedy, President, IIDA
  • Kate Petrie, Co-Founder and Former President, Jamestown Arts Center
  • Maria Russo, A Better World By Design
  • Vada Saccareccia, Architectural Designer / Director of Technology, Union Studios
  • Libby Slader, Principal, Libby Slader Interior Design
  • Jessica Smith, Project Manager, Motel Product Design
  • Kurt VanDexter, Landscape Architect, RIASLA representative


In partnership with


1RISD     AIARI     AIGA     ASID     Better World by design     City of Providence     IIDA New England     RISLA