Stories of the Bay: How Art and Design Can Affect the Health of Our Waters


Design can make the invisible visible! Join this panel discussion hosted by KITE Architects and PVDFest Ideas to hear how Rhode Island practitioners are using design thinking, ancestral knowledge, and data visualization to shine a spotlight on the health of the Narragansett Bay. Panelists will describe how their work in architecture, art, and physical data modeling combine with community engagement to promote a shared vision for cleaner air, water, and land. This event is supported by KITE Architects and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.


Christine M. West, AIA

As a Principal and co-owner KITE Architects, Christine’s commitment to positive community impact is a guiding value of KITE Architects and is reflected both in their work and in her numerous civic and volunteer roles. Her career as an architect has focused on effective management and technical excellence that is critical for effective design. Christine’s appreciation for KITE’s creative approach brought her to Providence in 2003 to join the firm that she has co-owned since 2008, and is a value that drives the team to this day.

Albert Garcia, AIA

As a Principal and co-owner of KITE Architects, Albert provides leadership that balances design excellence and attention to detail with personal service. Albert’s approach to architecture and design is based on a passion for finding artful and meaningful ways to combine materials and building systems. This translates into highly thoughtful solutions to complex building challenges. Before joining KITE in 2002 and becoming a co-owner in 2008, Albert worked with the internationally recognized firms of Office dA in Boston and KieranTimberlake in Philadelphia.

Jen Bissonnette

Jen is an ecologist and marine scientist who works in the fields of sustainability, regenerative and biophilic design, recognizing the potentially transformative work that can result from merging science|nature with art|design methods of inquiry and problem solving . She is currently the Biological Programs Designer at Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature Lab, where she teaches and mentors students on diverse art|design|science topics in addition to overseeing the design, construction and programs of the new BioDesign Makerspace. She has served as faculty in the Liberal Arts, Interior Architecture, Textiles and Industrial Design departments at RISD.

Stewart Copeland

Stewart is an adjunct lecturer in New Media at the University of Illinois, and a part-time consultant at RISD’s Nature Lab. He is a transdisciplinary artist with a passion for emergent media, new narrative genres, and artistic research. His art often incorporates technology as a means to explore, dissect, and interrogate technological systems themselves. Collaboration across disciplines plays a major role in his practice, particularly in the field of science where he often works with biologists, engineers, and wildlife management personnel.

Deborah Spears Moorehead

Deb is a Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag artist, advocate, educator, consultant, writer, playwright, illustrator, historian, singer/songwriter and storyteller. She holds a Masters of Arts in Cultural Sustainability (Goucher College 2013), and a Bachelors of Fine Art, (Swain School of Design, 1981, with a major in Painting and a minor in Sculpture). Spears Moorehead owns and operates an art studio where she teaches private lessons. Her work focuses on the contemporary cultural existence of Eastern Woodland Natives who live in a traditional way.