risd works opened in 2001. It was created to provide one flagship location where every possible outcome of a RISD education could be in evidence. Part development tool, part publicity engine, part alumni relations opportunity, part admissions vehicle, part local outreach, part international web presence, and part income generator, the hybrid gallery/design showroom was successful on every front we identified for it. I wrote the business plan for the project, located, negotiated, designed, and executed the conversion of the space and the design and construction of the fixtures. I was director of the project for its first five years.