Marathon Clambake

Clambake logo 2016

Part of the DESIGN WEEK RI Speaker Series is Marathon Clambake, featuring presentations from four RI designers: Don Powers, Founding Principal, Union Studio Architecture, Miles Endo, Industrial Designer, Studio Endo, Rene Payne, Principal, FAVOR and Kirtley Fisher, User Experience Designer at Business Innovation Factory. Clambake is DESIGNxRI’s monthly gathering for design in Rhode Island. While there are no actual clams, Clambake stews the pot of designers, design enthusiasts, and those interested in design. Gather to hear about RI designers process, challenges, career growth and successes - Have a drink - Meet friends new and old - and Get inspired.


Founder and Industrial Designer, Studio Endo

Miles Endo

Miles Endo is a design entrepreneur and the owner of Studio Endo, a lighting and furniture studio in Providence.

Miles was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Honolulu, HI. The son of two artists, Miles gravitated to creative pursuits at an early age. He moved to New England to explore design under RISD’s Industrial Design program. Learning through a hands-on program led Miles to find his passion in building his own designs. After graduating, Miles moved to New York City, where he worked in the commercial furniture trade, but yearned to be back in a studio environment. The furniture design process Miles learned was always connected to a workshop where ideas turned into reality. In 2016, Miles had the opportunity to be one of ten contestants on Season 2 of Ellen’s Design Challenge.

Experience Designer, Business Innovation Factory

Kirtley Fischer

Kirtley is an Experience Designer at the nonprofit Business Innovation Factory in Providence, RI, where she develops and tests human-centered solutions to pressing social issues in education and healthcare. She is one of the creators of Teachers Design for Education (, a design thinking program for educators, and School Hackers (, an online space for educators to share ideas on engaging students. She is also a Special Lecturer at Providence College’s School of Continuing Education and teaches the Leadership and Diversity class.

Founder and director, FAVOR

Rene Payne

Rene Payne is the founder and director of FAVOR design since 2004.

She has worked in the field of design for over 25 years, holding creative and executive positions at leading advertising in-house design groups such as, Arnold Worldwide, Cipriani Kremer Design, and Heller Breene.

Rene’s experience in multidisciplinary areas includes: Corporate Identity, Brand Identity, and Marketing Communication Strategy. Her work has spanned the marketplace from community organizations to Fortune 500 companies, presenting messaging that is fresh, compelling and highly effective. Most recently, Rene’s work has influenced diversity and inclusion efforts with projects ranging from rebranding Harvard’s Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, RISD’s MLK Series to the Children’s Defense Fund, and brand efforts for The Nhambu Collection. Rene is the recipient of numerous design awards, and her gift and passion as a designer and creative director is the ability to listen to her clients and interpret their vision in ways that are both strategically sound and emotionally powerful.

Founding Principal, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Donald W. Powers, AIA, LEED AP, CNU

Donald Powers has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice including urban and town planning, multi-family housing, commercial and institutional buildings, adaptive re-use and single-family residences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Through a longstanding commitment to the principles of New Urbanism, Donald has integrated mixed-use planning and architectural design with the goal of creating diverse, walkable neighborhoods – furthering his single minded vision to save the world from placeless sprawl. Donald received his B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He founded Union Studio Architecture & Community Design (formerly named Donald Powers Architects) in 2001.