RISD Co-Works


Co-Works is RISD's first interdisciplinary lab for making research. Started in 2014, we serve as a curricular incubator for RISD Research and the Provost Office to develop experimental courses and interdisciplinary research initiatives.

In response to demand, we've been working hard to offer non-credit training and other ways for people to engage with Co-Works outside of our official courses.

However, please note that Co-Works is not a service provider or departmental shop. Our non-credit offerings are contingent on remaining capacity after meeting the needs of approved courses and programs, so space is limited and we cannot accommodate jobs on demand, untrained walk-ins, or outside deadlines. Sign up for training well before need.


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


Orientations are given at the start of the semester as part of Co-Works courses. Alternatively, faculty and students outside of Co-Works programming are encouraged to schedule group orientations with the Co-Works Director.

Our Mission

Working with RISD Research and the Provost, Co-Works serves as an interdisciplinary curricular incubator and making research lab. We develop experimental courses, encourage cross-departmental collaboration, and combine a unique selection of digital and traditional making technologies. Co-Works is committed to innovating strategies and building community for sharing ideas across disciplines.

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.


Fall 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 Availability
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