Co-Works Research Lab
Co-Works is RISD's first lab dedicated to interdisciplinary making inquiry. Started in 2014, we develop experimental courses and research initiatives as an incubator for RISD Research and the Provost’s Office.
All Co-Works community members must follow the processes and policies listed on the Access & Training page to maintain privileges.
Please note that Co-Works is is not a service provider or all-campus shop. Our first responsibility is to official Co-Works courses and programs and we do not yet have the resources to support outside class needs.
Although we gladly volunteer remaining capacity to outside students on a first come first served basis via non-credit training, space is limited and contingent on our own course needs being met.
We cannot accommodate jobs on demand, untrained walk-ins, or outside deadlines and recommend not planning on equipment access before being authorized.
Orientations are given at the start of the semester as part of Co-Works courses. Alternatively, faculty outside of Co-Works are encouraged to schedule group orientations with the Co-Works Director.
Diversity & Inclusion
Co-Works champions diversity and inclusion in regards to departmental affiliation, discipline and mode of making, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, physical ability, religion, age, and all other facets of identity that inform how and what we create as artists and designers.
Our team of Instructors & Peer Tutors represent many backgrounds, identities, and RISD departments, contributing to a broad array of perspectives and skills that support an inclusive and interdisciplinary community culture.
Spring 2018-19 Hours
Mon – Thu • 9am – 11pm
Fri • 9am – 9pm
Sat & Sun • 11am – 9pm
• Reduced crit week hours
• Closed holidays and breaks
• Weekly Schedule
Training & Reservation
RISD Fletcher Building
212 Union Street
Providence, RI 02903
Associate Provost for Research|Global|Practice
Research Development & Grants Specialist
Co-Works Director • firstname.lastname@example.org
Brought on in 2014 to build RISD Co-Works Research Lab from the ground up, David Kim leads the development of interdisciplinary courses, cross-departmental initiatives, and resources for making research as Director.
David has developed and taught interdisciplinary curricula at institutions including RISD, SVA, UCSD, and Brown University for over a decade. Following a career as a cancer and genetics research scientist, he returned to school for Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD and again for the Digital Media MFA at RISD. He has been the Educational Director of The Periscope Project, Director of Digital Stage Effects for Butterworth Dance Company, and high school math, science, and English instructor. In addition to his role at RISD, David currently serves as a biomedical design consultant for the University of Michigan and Senior Critic at Brandeis University.
As a queer, first-generation, Korean-American artist, scientist, and educator, David is invested in cultivating biological, digital, and social systems as vehicles for catharsis, intersectional discourse, and social justice organizing. A member of Biome Arts, his work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, Smithsonian, Boston Globe, New York Times, Art in America, and the Venice Biennale. Parallel to his practice, he has curated interdisciplinary and social justice aligned exhibitions at RISD, Brown University, Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, and MU Gallery in Eindhoven.
Co-Works Manager • email@example.com
Brynn received their Masters in Industrial Design at RISD, after completing degrees in Sculpture, Mathematics, and Computer Science at SUNY Purchase. They are also a consummate maker, particularly in digital fabrication, textiles, and metalwork.
Through writings, social interactions, and adornment, Brynn's work explores the tensions between identity and appearance, especially as it relates to queer identities and the bodies that carry them. They instruct courses at RISD for various departments in digital fabrication, apparel, digital embroidery, and ornamentation as they relate to intersectional identity dynamics.
At Co-Works Research Lab, Brynn designs teaching resources and leads the training of Grad Instructors and Peer Tutors. When they're not teaching, you can find Brynn in the beyond section of Bed Bath & Beyond, snacking on the samples and chatting with the moms.