Our core belief is that there is a symbiotic relationship between life and the practice of constructing space, that life drives function.
We see that it is built environment’s responsibility to restore the sense of value to one's individuality and perspective through space. What we create together is an opportunity to better one‘s well being and environment. We leave behind something we believe in.
Our work is born from multiple voices and backgrounds. We swell as needed to accommodate projects of different scales. From the beginning of every project we assemble an in house team of builders and designers, and specialized consultants when needed, which expands our office, fabrication shop, and on-site construction crews. From the onset of a project, these alliances promote responsible design thinking by incorporating all of our resources, eliminating redundancies, and streamlining the design/build process. We leave behind a collaborative work that crosses many disciplines.
Clients will collaborate with the same group of individuals in the design process, as they will through construction. We stand by our process and the collaborative work we do together with our clients. We gain close and lifelong relationships.
We encourage client involvement throughout our practice. By giving a voice to the client's insights and skills, we strive to develop a harmonious dialogue. We leave behind space that reflects the life occupying it.
We promote sustainable practices. As a primary focus, we strive for sustainability with minimal impact through the reuse of materials, limitation of excess, reclamation of second-hand goods, and use of regional new materials. Such practices, coupled with attention to detail in design and construction, promote high quality with a sustainable focus. We leave behind projects with integrity and a sensitive mark on this earth.
We live in a very beautiful house. This was not always the case though. We found a sad, highly dated home in a lovely setting by the water. from [in] form provided the vision and creativity to design a modern highly-livable home while remaining true to the land ...
If you have the privilege of working with
from [in] form you should do so. We recommend them without reservations.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience working with from [in] form and would highly recommend the company to anyone ... They worked closely with us, they took account of all of our input and came up with interesting cost-efficient ways to incorporate our wishes, they were extremely transparent and detailed with their billing/pricing and they were absolutely respectful of our home and our family during the renovation. They showed up every single day, never left us hanging, never left us questioning when they were coming back or finishing up. It was an outstanding experience and we could not be happier with our home.
from [in] form's design directive is expansive and visionary - they came in to see about a stair, and ended up solving a number of challenges in my space with just a few moves. They are keen and focused when it comes to the details and practicalities ...
Working with them was informative, engaging, and a true collaboration. Jason's experience as a master craftsman and a builder is the perfect compliment to their architecture and design skills, and is rare and valuable.
Jason Wood founded from [in] form in Providence, Rhode Island in 2008 to re-establish a design-build practice he previously had in Phoenix, Arizona. Jason began building homes in Arizona several years prior where he was a foreman for a crew of custom framers. With over two decades of construction experience, Jason is a principal of from [in] form, the on-site foreman and construction manager, head wood fabricator, and a lead designer.
Jason received his Masters in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University. He was the recipient of the Sean Murphy Travel Prize (2000) and was awarded the ASU Design Excellence Award (2000 - 2002) from Arizona State University. Jason has taught core and advanced design studios, integrated building systems, and has advised thesis students at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Adrienne Wood partnered with from [in] form in 2009. She has fabrication and on-site construction work experience, and worked in an architectural firm for several years. With over a decade of experience in the architecture field, she is a principal of from [in] form, the head design consultant, company manager, and a designer.
Adrienne received her Masters in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Civil Engineering. Adrienne has taught in the architecture department at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as workshops and classes at RISD in the continuing education young artist program. She has also taught at the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Monash University, and the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (MET) in Providence.
Fan Wu joined from [in] form after completing her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Art degrees at Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. Fan is interested in making space that nurtures and inspires life. She thrives to make spaces that help us to connect – connect with ourselves, our associates and our surroundings. Her design work was featured on the RISD Portfolios website in 2016. She looks forward to broadening her design knowledge and skills through the robust and investigational design-build practice of FIF. After several years with from [in] form and exponentially evolving as designer, she currently holds the Project Manager position, where she bridges the gap between the design office and the on-site crew.
Zach joins from [in] form after six years in the restaurant and agriculture industries, primarily working as a cheesemaker. He started in the field of residential construction in 2017 and looks forward to developing his skills as a carpenter. He graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Environmental Studies.
As a lifelong New Englander, Evan comes to FIF after leaving almost 20 years in the corporate world. He previously led a team of Kitchen Designers, and managed relationships with trade vendors for an international European home furnishing company. His journey led him on a stint designing kitchens in the field. He found his passion for carpentry while renovating his antique home in New Bedford. Fast forward through some experience working with a general contractor and a fine finish carpenter fabricating built-ins and installing cabinets, he was excited for the opportunity to work in the design/build sector, contributing to the unique projects that from [in] form brings to life. Aside from Evan's passion for design and construction, he has a background in fine arts and graduated from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. He works regularly in his studio painting and drawing landscapes and obsessively chases the saltwater fish species that inhabit the Northeast. Evan currently lives in South Dartmouth with his partner and two daughters.
Kim joins from [in] form with over four years of experience in building custom cabinetry, and residential remodeling. As a native New Englander, Kim spent twelve years in Northern California where she both studied and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Photography from Sonoma State University, and worked for a digital fine-art reproduction company. After returning to the Northeast, she became involved in the carpentry trade by a life-long fascination with houses. She strongly believes that the quality of a space is vital, and that it should both celebrate and respect our connection to nature.
Tyler joins from [in] form after completing his Master of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Tyler is a lifelong New Englander, having lived in Southeastern Massachusetts for most of his life and he currently lives in Providence. With previous experience as a carpenter’s assistant and in design-build as a designer, he looks forward to building on these skills and knowledge at from [in] form. Tyler is a LEED Green Associate, is passionate about sustainable building practices, and the impact the built environment has on health and well-being.
Sharon has joined from [in] form after a lifetime of experience in the design industry as an industrial designer, interior architect, and architect. She holds a BA in Art History and Economics from Brown University, a Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, a Masters of Science in Design in Interior Architecture from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Masters in Architecture from Boston Architectural College. She has taught in art and design at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Boston Architectural College. She holds certifications and licenses from NCIDQ for interior design and NCARB for architecture. Her wealth of knowledge in the design field and a lifetime of working with clients, art galleries, and museums around the globe is a welcomed addition to from [in] form as she works on design projects and developing close relationships with clients.
PAST TEAM MEMBERS
Our work has incorporated the voices and skills of many. As educators we are deeply invested in engaging our practice with the talented people with whom we cross paths, whether for the length of an internship / apprenticeship or for many years. Many of our past team members have gone on to form their own businesses, to continue their education, to explore other parts of the world, and to learn new aspects of their discipline.
RACHEL STOPKA Lead Designer 2014-2020
BRUCE CAIL Builder 2017-2020
TRISTAN MEAD Foreman 2011-2019
ADAM YORKS Builder 2018
SHOU JIE ENG Designer 2015-2018
JAY WALSH Builder 2014-2018
BOBBY HAODING ZHAO Design Intern 2018
GRAHAM COTTRELL Builder 2017-2018
STEVE KARLIN 2017-2018
TYLER BROWN Builder 2017
MICHAEL ROTATORI Foreman 2015-2017
MICHAEL DESCHENES Builder 2014-2015, 2017
BEN BARLOW Builder 2017
ARIC D'ALESSIO-DUPRE Builder 2017
LAUREN BARNES Design Intern 2017
ERICH CICIONE Foreman 2015-2016
NAGIBE DESROSIERS Bookkeeper 2014-2016
JOSEPH KAPLAN Apprentice Builder 2016
DIEGO ZUBIZARRETA OTERO Design Intern 2016
KEVIN CUNNINGHAM Builder 2012-2015
ROBERT WILLIAMS Designer 2013-2014
MICHAEL LARSEN Designer and Builder 2012-2014
JOSHUA INGOLD Designer and Lead Fabricator 2010-2014
MIKE TODD Builder 2013
MATTHEW BOHNE Design Intern 2012
ETHAN BARLOW Designer and Builder 2011
BRETT DUNNAM Builder 2011
KYLE KISER Builder 2011
ALEX WOOD Builder 2006, 2010