Re-Envisioning Kennedy Plaza

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Providence’s civic plaza and transit hub is being re‐imagined as a vibrant urban gathering place. With initial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a team of public and private leaders, visionaries, designers, artists and engineers is setting out to make Kennedy Plaza the number one destination in Downtown Providence… and the best public square in New England. Joe Haskett, a Senior Associate at Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, will discuss the re-visioning design process and the various inputs that are helping to shape Providence’s next bold urban transformation.

This program will take place on the 6th floor of Providence’s ‘Superman Building’ at 111 Westminster Street with views overlooking Greater Kennedy Plaza.


Joe Haskett

Presented by Joe Haskett, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC | Senior Associate, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Joe has over 17 years of architectural experience which includes the adaptive re-use of historic buildings, market-rate and affordable multi-family housing, pre-fabricated building design, commercial buildings and private residences. Prior to joining Union Studio in 2012, Joe was the founding principal of distill studio, a Providence-based architectural firm with a focus on sustainable building science and integrated design process. He has received international recognition for the architectural design of Providence’s award-winning Box Office, a commercial office building constructed from recycled shipping containers. In 2009, Joe was named “Innovator of the Year” by the Providence Business News in the manufacturing & construction sector.

Joe is a board member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and an active member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the National Passive House Alliance (PHAUS). He is a registered architect in Rhode Island and a LEED Accredited Professional. Joe is also the first Certified Passive House Consultant registered in the State of Rhode Island. He received his Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Ohio State University.