Shaping Experience and Community through Design

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How do decisions about our physical environment shape our daily experiences? From ergonomic seating to lighting controls, it is commonly acknowledged that the design of our surroundings has critical impact on productivity in the workplace and performance in the classroom. However in addition to these metrics of efficiency, the design of spaces of work, learning, and creativity can also enhance a sense of mission and shared purpose in today’s institutional, organizational, and corporate settings. From the application of material and graphic strategies to the programming of unique places of interaction and engagement, designing the physical environment is an opportunity to represent, amplify, and project the collective aspirations and activities of an organization and its community.

Join Ben Pell (PellOverton Architects) and Ted Peffer (iolabs) for a presentation of recent architecture and environment design projects that explore these ideas through spaces and surfaces. Ben and Ted will discuss the ways in which approaches to material, form, color, graphics, and scale have resulted in thoughtfully constructed environments that promote community through design.

* This event is approved for AIA CEU -2 LU/HSW

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Ben Pell

PellOverton Architects

Ben Pell is an architect and a Principal of PellOverton Architects, an award-winning architecture and design practice based in Providence and New York. Founded in 2003, the work of PellOverton explores the ways in which the designed environment – buildings, interiors, installations – can engender new forms of engagement between individuals and their surroundings. The work of the office has included educational, nonprofit, and corporate projects, with a particular focus on spaces of creative learning and play.

Ted Peffer

iolabs Inc.

Ted Peffer is founder and President of iolabs Inc, located in East Providence. Created in 2000 to offer high quality reprographic services to Providence and the greater Southern New England area, over the past 18 years iolabs has become a premium provider and trusted service for many regional artists, designers and photographers. Today iolabs provides custom wood framing and finishing, interior decor solutions, and exhibition design and fabrication on an array of projects for esteemed artists, designers, museums, and institutions internationally.