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, 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:

  • Jay Biethan, Co-President, AIGA RI
  • Sue Borhquez, RI Secretary of State
  • Sandy Connors, AIGA RI
  • Bethany Costello, RISD
  • Elaine Fredrick, ASID New England
  • Stephanie Fortunato, Providence Art, Culture, & Tourism
  • Jennifer Hanson, IIDA New England
  • Anjali Joshi, ASLA Rhode Island
  • Jenn Judge, ASLA Rhode Island
  • Bonnie Matherand, IIDA New England
  • Cristin Searles, Newport Art Museum
  • Vada Seccareccia, Union Studio Architecture & Community Building
  • Jennifer Space, AIAri
  • Caroline Stevens, AIAri

Hotel Accommodations

As a courtesy to DESIGN WEEK RI attendees, Hotel Providence will be offering a discounted room rate. Attendees may click here or call the hotel directly 1-800-861-8990 to make a reservation.


In partnership with


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