Rhode Island School of Design – Living Learning Center

The Rhode Island School of Design had been pursuing the development of new housing on its Providence campus for fifteen years and Stegman+Associates worked with the College over the course of several years to examine both proposals for new housing projects and renovations to existing structures.

Towards the end of an 18-month study to build on a campus greenspace, an unusual opportunity came up to redevelop an office building just across the river from the main campus. Fleet Bank had already donated the historic banking floor to RISD for its library and the potential to integrate that program with new student housing proved irresistible. The school opened 500 new beds in Fall 2005.
The housing program consists of three different unit types layered vertically to serve different student populations. These unit types include single bedroom apartments, loft-style units and an “alcove” unit crafted specifically for the needs of students. The “Portfolio Cafe” and an ALA award-winning library renovation on the first floor complete the program.

The project was carried out in collaboration with Office dA.