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Rhode Island Minorities in Architecture & Design (RIMiAD)

Traza Design

Nov 22, 2023

Congratulating RIMiAD for Celebrating 1 Year of Meetups!

We wanted to take the time to congratulate Rhode Island Minorities in Architecture & Design or RIMiAD for celebrating their one-year anniversary of hosting wonderful meetups designed to connect individuals from underrepresented groups with the design community and allied fields located in the state of Rhode Island.

RIMiAD launched in November 2022. Traza Design has been a member since its launch and are thrilled for the group and their mission at large.

Photo Credit: Heidi Gumula

"My interest in RIMIAD mainly stems from my personal experience as a person who immigrated to this country. I had to learn and become integrated into a completely different culture both personally and professionally...RIMiAD focuses on connecting designers who are set in their career to others who may just be starting their own creative journey." - Jorge

RIMiAD meetups have been hosted at incredible venues, all minority owned. Some of these wonderful places included: Kin Southern Table + Bar, TROOP PVD, Yagi, and Afrique D'Lounge. These events could not have been possible without the generous donations of its members and the wonderful sponsors such as: DBVW Architects, Signal Works, Union Studio, and Taste Design Inc.

Photo Credit: David Lawlor - Run of the Mill

RIMiAD has many plans that will foster growth in the community. Their meetup events bring professionals and college students together every other month at minority-owned businesses throughout the state. They have announced a fiscal sponsor and partnership with DESIGNxRI to grow their network and expand their organizational reach in Rhode Island. They hope to launch a mentorship program in 2024.

If you are interested in learning more about RIMiAD, you can visit their Instagram @RIMIAD_401 or LinkedIn. If you are interested in getting involved, they offer a multitude of committees such as: admin, development, fundraising, marketing, and mentorship. Find out more by reaching out to

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