May Clambake

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Clambake is a gathering for designers, creatives, and those who like design and want to know more. It’s time to get together, network, and hear about some cool new design work that is happening in RI. Presentations are generally 15 minutes followed by Q&A. Aurora offers a full cash bar and some light appetizers.

This month, we are partnering with PVD Fest, and hosting a special three speaker Clambake focused on the creative city! A facilitated panel will follow. Come early at 5:30 PM to grab a drink and mingle with a crowd of design lovers. Speakers start 6 PM sharp!

Check out our facebook event to see the work of our speakers & Register below!


Kyla Coburn

Kyla Coburn Designs

Kyla Coburn is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and is equal parts artist, designer, and entrepreneur. Shaped by her upbringing in a long line of artists and collectors, Kyla finds great inspiration in the forms and stories of objects.

Kyla Coburn Designs began in New York City as a successful retail business and grew into an interior design-build firm. KCD’s design team delivers experienced consulting, fluid design plans, and detailed 3D renderings as well as site build-out, custom carpentry, artwork, and graphic design. KCD contributes to projects of varied sizes and budgets, utilizing talent from our in-house team as well as collaboration with our network of skilled subcontractors. Kyla’s interiors are known for their uniqueness and beauty, their attention to history and detail, and their ability to both excite and belong to their neighborhoods.

Examples of her work are: The Grange, Loie Fuller, North, The Avery, Massimo, WaraWara, all in Providence, Liquid Art House in Boston, Salvation Cafe in Newport, as well as a series of projects for NBC at the historic 30 Rockefeller Center including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the variety show starring Martin Short and Maya Rudolph.

Kyla was inducted to the RI Design Hall of Fame in 2015.

BJ Dupre

The Armory Revival Company

B.J. Dupre has had over 25 years of experience in the Real Estate Development field. He and his two partners co-founded The Armory Revival Company in Providence, RI in 1986 and are often credited with the revitalization of the Armory District, a National Register Historic District just outside Downtown Providence. Their efforts have been recognized nationally for restoring numerous buildings which were otherwise destined for the wrecking ball.

B.J. and his company has won numerous awards for the renovation and restoration of historic buildings as well as awards for the innovative design of new residential constructions. To date, the Armory Revival Company has completed more than 500 residences and apartments and 387,000 sq ft of office, commercial, and retail spaces.

B.J. brings to these projects a strong sense of design and craftsmanship developed from the rich architectural tradition of New England and enhanced by extensive travel abroad. A firm believer in the private market and of recycling buildings and neighborhoods, he and his company are steadfast in the belief that their preservation activity is environmentalism at its best.

Current projects include the rehab of a small mill in Olneyville, the restoration of a Greek Revival home dating to 1845 that had been foreclosed upon after suffering a fire through the roof, and the conversion of the Almy street school, an 1890’s wood frame school building into ten residential apartments.

B.J. lives on Broadway on the Westside of Providence with his significant other Jane Driver.

Erminio Pinque


Since founding the puppet-sculpture-performance group BIG NAZO in the streets of Italy in the late 1980’s, director, performer, and fabricator Erminio Pinque and his team of collaborating artists have conducted thousands of shows throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia featuring larger-than-life-sized aliens, robots, and animal hybrid characters that subvert and celebrate humanity.

Erminio combines his training as sculptor / filmmaker / performer to produce 3-D cinematic creature-theatre spectacles that often take place in real world settings. His choice to pursue unusual methods to suspend disbelief have led him to work alongside circus performers, variety artists, freak shows, and theatrical concert stage acts like George Clinton & P-Funk, Spinal Tap, and, DJ duo, N.A.S.A.

In addition to performing throughout Rhode Island and international festivals around the world, Erminio teaches Creature-Creation at the RISD Film/Animation/Video Department and forms creative collaborations with local community and student populations by hosting internships at the BIG NAZO LAB in Downtown, Providence.

Allen Penniman

Principal Planner for the City of Providence. MC for May Clambake

MC for May Clambake!

Recently named to Providence Monthly’s Ten to Watch in 2017, Allen Penniman is a principal planner for the City of Providence, an instructor at the Boston Architectural College, and founder of Street Ops, a Boston-based tactical urbanism collective.

Previously, Allen managed master plans for global design firm, Sasaki. Allen’s portfolio of work includes the 6-10 Connector Redevelopment Plan, Renobación Urbano II (in Oranjestad, Aruba), and the Beijing National Creative Cluster. In all his work, Allen’s ambition is to foster equitable and inspiring redevelopment in urban communities.