Revolutionizing Housing: AARP Rhode Island and RISD’s ADU Design Competition Sparks Innovation

In a recent press conference at the Rhode Island State House, AARP Rhode Island and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) showcased Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) designs by RISD Interior Architecture students. The unveiling coincided with a scheduled hearing on zoning standards for ADUs.

The designs, a result of a year-long collaboration, aimed to address housing needs for older adults. A key focus was Rep. June S. Speakman’s bill, H 7062, supported by House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, which seeks to facilitate ADU development on homeowners’ properties.

The showcased ADUs, ranging from 350 to 900 square feet, demonstrated practical solutions to support aging in community. The competition serves as a thoughtful exploration of how ADUs can contribute to Rhode Island’s housing landscape.