van Beuren Chariable Foundation Grant
The Departement of Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design(RISD) received funding from the van Beuren Chariable Foundation (vBCF) to promote its goal of supporting the structural integrity and appropriate adaptive reuse of key historic properties to ensure that they exist for future generations.
The van Beuren Charitable Foundation, a Rhode Island-based grant making organization, is dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique characteristics of Newport County and improving the quality of life for its residents. It is a family-based foundation, committed to furthering the good work of community-based nonprofit organizations the make a positive impact in the lives of Newport’s neighborhoods. To this end, vBCF focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of community partners working in four program areas: land use and conservation, historic, preservation, education, and health.
The vBCF goal for historic preservation is to preserve and enhance the distinctive quality of place that has emerged from Newport Country’s history, geography, and culture. It achieves this goal by:
Supporting efforts to protect the region’s historic built and national environment and to ensure that land use and design guidelines are compatible with its historic nature.
RISD has a long history of successfully working with external partners to develop studio based research leading to innovations in industry and advancements in art and design education. Partnered studios bring together RISD faculty and students with external partners to conduct research on collaboratively identified questions or problems and to develop innovative design solutions leading to the development of new products, processes, services, and communication strategies.