Royal Mills Riverpoint: Design transformation of a decaying mill into a historic preservation site

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At the brink of demolition, RMR was bought for $1. Millions more, and massive teams would be engaged to renovate this 1850’s stone textile mill in West Warwick into 250 residential units in 3 adjoining buildings. Join us and hear Jason Tranchida and Libby Slader, two of the designers involved with this enormous undertaking, discuss their roles, processes, collaborators, and choices; how and why 50% of the salvaged remains were repurposed to enliven the hallways, reference the past, and educate about the building’s history . . . in their own Heritage Museum. Enjoy a drink on the deck, listen to the hum of the waterfall, and maybe get a sense of why one transplanted NY designer experiences the power of place living here.

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Libby Slader

Libby Slader Interior Design

An award-winning designer since 1988, Libby Slader returned to her native Rhode Island in 2000 after stints in Boston, LA and NYC. Past projects vary from adaptive reuse to the world’s largest cruise ship and many high-profile projects, such as US Embassies in Bolivia, Consulate Building in Hong Kong, National Bank of Kuwait, and Investcorp offices in Bahrain. In LA, Slader worked as the Manager of Design/Sony Pictures Entertainment designing movie/TV producers and dept. offices, ie. Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures Marketing/On-Line Entertainment. Slader taught in the continuing education department of RISD in Providence, RI. She is co-founder/past board president of DESIGNxRI, and is currently chairman of the RISCA board. Slader earned a BS in Environmental Design (Interiors) /Syracuse University, and her interior design certification/National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ.) Libby is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Jason Tranchida


Jason is a designer and artist based in Providence, RI. In 2002, he launched LLAMAproduct, an interdisciplinary practice focusing on graphic design and brand development with an emphasis on both print media and event/experience branding. His clients range from entertainment and consumer products, to arts, education and nonprofit sectors. Jason is also co-founder, editor and creative director of Headmaster, the biannual art magazine for man-lovers, an assignment-based print publication that challenges artists to investigate themes of masculinity. Jason holds a Bachelors of Architecture and an MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

GG Rigelhaupt

GG’s design career began in 1980 in NYC, soon launching a small design firm. Clients included Lifetime TV, Random House, EMI/Music Publishng, Lucasfilm Licensing, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, among others. Profiled in IDEA Magazine(JP), and Applied Arts (CN), she judged design competitions, served on the FIT Advisory Board /graphic design dept., was active in AIGA and was VP of Women in Design: NY (80’s). She transitioned to corporate creative roles (after adopting a daughter from China),first in home furnishings in NYC, later as VP, Creative, Bath & BodyWorks. GG returned to her native RI in 2016. Currently developing her personal practice in jewelry (, she is actively connecting and hopefully, contributing to the Creative Capital. A neurodiversity advocate, she is a founding board member of Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, Providence, and on the Community Advisory Council for SPARK for Autism/Simons Foundation, NYC. BA, Psychology/Fine Arts, Clark University, MS, Communication Design, Pratt Institute.

Kate Petrie

A designer, photographer and arts and design advocate, Kate grew up in England, Nigeria and Texas, returning to the US to study at the RISD. She earned a BFA in 1986 and a Bachelors of Architecture in 1987. Kate worked as an architect in Boston and London and moved back to Providence in 1992 with her husband, Aidan, co- founder of Ximedica, designing medical devices. Kate, Aidan and their three children moved to Jamestown RI in 2000. Kate co–founded the Jamestown Education Foundation and co–founded and became chair of the Jamestown Arts Center, an epicenter for growth, providing classes and events celebrating all forms of artistic expression. She received the 2013 “IF” Award/Art League of RI, in honor of Iona Dobbins, arts advocate/former Executive Director of RISCA. Kate is on the board of DesignxRI, an initiative that shines the spotlight on, and galvanizes, the design community.