Press about the Studio

“RISD students design new uses for vacant Superman building”

Lynzi DeLuccia, NBC 10 News, May 28, 2020.

“Skydiving park? Indoor farm? RISD students reimagine the Superman Building”
Madeleine List, Providence Journal, May 28, 2020.

“Saving Superman: Grad students in Interior Architecture propose new uses for a long-vacated former bank building in downtown Providence”

Simone Solondz, RISD News and Events, May 28, 2020.

“Adaptive Reuse, Innovation, and Saving Superman”

Kia Davis, The Providence Foundation, March 18, 2020.

“As Providence's landmark skyscraper remains dark, come new calls for saving it” 

Lynzi DeLuccia, NBC 10 News, March 2, 2020.

“Providence's art-deco Superman Building reimagined as vertical farm and senior housing” 

Kristine Klein, Dezeen, June 24, 2020

“RISD Students Reimagine the Future of Providence’s Superman Building”

Robert Isenberg, Providence Monthly, July 9, 2020

Industrial Trust Building Resources

“Providence's Most Iconic Skyscraper Needs a Superhero”

Emma Sarappo, National Trust for Historic Preservation, May 30, 2019.

“2019 Most Endangered Properties”

Providence Preservation Society.

“Architectural Critic Will Morgan: Superman Building”

Will Morgan, GoLocal Prov, June 2, 2019

Crouch, E. (2013). Walker & Gillette: American architects: from classicism through modernism 1900s-1950s: including the architectural works of Joseph Mordecai Hirschman. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Starrett, P. (1938). Changing the skyline: an autobiography. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Company.


The Department would like to express its gratitude to the many individuals and organizations who shared their expertise and helped the studio develop a rich and well-rounded understanding of the building and its context.

David Sweetser

High Rock Development LLC

Brent Runyon, Executive Director
Rachel Robinson, Director of Preservation

Providence Preservation Society

Bonnie Nickerson, Director of Planning
Chris Ise, Principal Planner

City of Providence Department of Planning and Development

Cliff Wood, Executive Director
Kia Davis, Communications 

Providence Foundation

Steve Durkee, Senior Associate

Cornish Associates

Eric Busch, Managing Partner

Peregrine Group Real Estate Advisory

Seth Izzi
Michael Kenney
Sam Parish

Building Enclosure Science, LLC

David Anderson
Eastern Waterproofing

Rebecca Webber, General Manager
Ashlie Norris, Senior Relationship Manager

CIC Providence

Trillion Chu 


Jorge Gomez 

RISD INTAR MA ’15, Technical Consultant

Don Sansoucy PE 

RISD Structural Consultant

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Stefano Corbo RISD INTAR Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director
Christine Chang RISD INTAR MDes ‘21
Dong-zoo Han RISD INTAR MDes ‘21