Staying Sharpe: Moving Sharpe House and Creating a New Unified Home for Brown’s History Department

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How do you move a historic house? More importantly, where do you put it down?

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges that KITE Architects faced in moving the four-story historic Sharpe House on Brown University’s campus.

Working alongside a team of experts including Odeh Engineers and Shawmut Design and Construction, the KITE team made dramatic moves on the interior and exterior of the building with a two-story bridge, major additions, and new internal core. By connecting to Peter Green House it will establish a unified structure for the History Department. The result is a fresh, new space that is an architectural reinterpretation inspired by historic elements. Join architects Christine West, Albert Garcia and Phil Derby as they discuss what it takes to move a building as well as the mechanical and metaphorical dynamics involved in designing for history and the future!


Christine M. West

Christine M. West, AIA is a strong believer that architecture is at its best when it creates great spaces for people. She deploys this design approach as principal and co-owner of KITE Architects. As an active participant in Providence’s creative community, she is Chair of the Providence City Plan Commission and is on the Board of the Providence Revolving Fund which finances and develops historic properties.

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master in Design Studies
Carnegie Mellon University, Bachelor of Architecture
Registered Architect (RI, MD, MA), NCARB Certified

Albert Garcia

Albert Garcia, AIA is passionate about combining materials and building systems in artful, meaningful ways. As principal and co-owner of KITE, he employs a disciplined technical understanding with a background in art and art history to develop design strategies that are elegant, balanced, and well crafted. Throughout his education and career, Albert has earned recognition for delivering thoughtful design solutions to complex building challenges.

University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture
Registered Architect (RI, CT), NCARB Certified

Phil Derby

Phil Derby, AIA is an associate at KITE and a key protagonist in many of the firm’s institutional projects. His depth of technical expertise and thoughtful, patient approach makes him an invaluable resource. In addition to his interest in the built environment, Phil is also an accomplished painter, whose work draws from the work of Bay Area figure painters. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows from time to time.

University of Buffalo, SUNY, Master of Architecture
State University of New York, Fredonia, Bachelor of Arts
Registered Architect (RI)