The people make the place

Members work out of the Office, contribute to the culture, organize events, and create uncommissioned works – while also running their own independent professional practice. Membership is required to have regular access to the space.

↓ Learn more about membership

Full-time members

Full-time members run their practice from the Office, with personal storage and desk space, while sharing common resources.

John Caserta

John is Founder/Director of The Design Office and an Assoc. Professor in the Graphic Design Dept. at RISD

Emanuel Admassu

Emanuel is a Founding Partner of an architecture practice called AD-WO and an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jen Wood

Jen is a Founding Partner of an architecture practice called AD-WO. Jen works with Emanuel, and together they explore the discipline’s content and container.

Part-time members

Part-time members are based elsewhere, but use the space for collaborative working, meetings and to make use of the resources in the Office (books, space, people).

Lucinda Hitchcock

Lucy is a graphic design professor at RISD, designs books for museums, and investigates the interaction of type, narrative, and urban space.

Ruben Rodriguez

Ruben is a developer who collaborates with designers on network software, from inception to completion.

Nic Schumann

Nic is a systems designer and computer scientist is part of Occupant Fonts.

Cyrus Highsmith

Cyrus is a graphic artist, type designer, and teacher. He runs Occupant Fonts.

Cem Eskinazi

Cem (“Jem/Gem”) is a type/graphic designer. He is part of Occupant Fonts. His favorite color is yellow.

Marie Otsuka

Marie Otsuka is a designer, web developer, and educator. She likes languages, triads, and the Oxford comma. She is part of Occupant Fonts.

Amanda DeGrace

Afro-Latina= Planner & Project Manager/ M.S. in Urban Planning & Community Development

How to join

  1. Review membership types
  2. Email us a brief statement about why you want to join and how you plan to use the space.
  3. Include CV/Bio and a link to your work
  4. Current members review the info and invite potential members in for a chat
  5. Said chat occurs. We let you know asap.

Who makes a good member?

  1. Those working in design or complementary field (where tools, working style, community are similar to design)
  2. Those who see design as part of the arts
  3. Those looking for long-term community and continuous learning
  4. Those who thrive with others around
  5. Current students will not be considered for membership. Fellowships are designed for recent graduates.

Rates and types


Full-time Part-time
Cost $385/mo $175/mo
Availability Yes Yes
Access 24-hour 24-hour
Weekly time cap None 20 hours
Work space Own desk Shared desk
Cancellation notice 2 months 2 months
Minimum Membership 3 months 3 months
BW printing included Yes Some
Color printing included Yes No
Meeting space Yes Yes
Physical storage Yes No
Flat file storage Yes No


Company memberships are an option when an individual membership is not sufficient

Rates are dependent on amenities needed.

Larger companies may also sponsor an employee’s membership instead of a home-office situation

Contact us for more information