CityWorks Fellows are changemakers, working together to improve the city of Providence. Fellows learn to use the design process as a powerful force for positive community change.

The guiding theme for this year’s program is Resilient Providence, with the goal of promoting community resilience in the face of climate change by inspiring new ways for community members to connect with one another and with our Downtown Providence parks and rivers.

Our 2018-19 CityWorks Fellows will oversee the creation of a design competition for a public project along the downtown Providence Riverwalk, will select the winning design proposal, and will coordinate design and fabrication of the installation. Our inaugural cohort of fellows will also play an important role in shaping the future of this exciting new pilot program.

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CityWorks is led by Manuel Cordero Alvarado and Bryce DuBois.

Manuel, co-founder of DownCity Design, currently works as a School Construction Planner for the RI Department of Education and as an adjunct professor in the RISD Architecture Department.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Manuel received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and earned a Master’s of Architecture degree from the UC Berkeley. He is a licensed architect in Rhode Island, with several years of experience in large-scale institutional projects, with a focus on educational and community planning projects. Manuel is an active member of the Providence community, and is passionate about broadening participation in shaping the built environment.

Bryce is a lecturer in the RISD Liberal Arts Department and a public parks consultant researcher. Raised in the Berkshires, Bryce earned a PhD in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. He has several years of experience designing collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on social/cultural use and meaning of urban parks, with an emphasis on resilience and climate adaptation. Active with many organizations and communities in the greater Providence region, Bryce cares deeply about supporting communities to create democratic and resilient public places. 

Manuel Cordero Alvarado

Manuel Cordero Alvarado

Bryce DuBois

Bryce DuBois


2018-2019 Fellows

Brant Gawrys

Jessica Jennings

Katie Murphy

C.J. Opperthauser

Susan Parsons

Sagree Sharma

Ania Szemiot

Isabelle Yisak

Devon Artis White

Virginia Badgett

Jazandra Barros

Jerry Batista

Kristina Brown

William Cornwall

Joshua Coroa

Kaitlin DeGregorio


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