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.

General Access

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.

We gladly volunteer remaining capacity to unenrolled students on a first come first served basis via non-credit training, however, space is limited and contingent on our own course needs being met.

We cannot accommodate jobs on demand, untrained walk-ins, or outside deadlines. Do not plan on equipment access before being trained and authorized.

All Co-Works community members must follow the processes and policies listed on the Access & Training page to maintain privileges.


Faculty interested in developing a Co-Works course should discuss their proposal with the Co-Works Director and submit a year prior.

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

MonThu • 9am – 11pm
Fri • 9am – 9pm
Sat & Sun • 11am – 9pm

• Reduced crit week hours
• Closed holidays and breaks
Weekly Schedule

Training & Reservation

Training Sign-Up
Training Test Results
WebCheckout Reservation

Other Resources

• Pricing
Equipment Specs
• Service Providers & Materials
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RISD Fletcher Building
212 Union Street
Providence, RI 02903

Website Credits


• José R. Menéndez
• Gavin Zeitz
• Tatiana Gómez
• Angela Torchio
• David Kim


• Jo Sittenfeld
• Erick Medel