Kim Salerno is an architect by training, has practiced design throughout the country. Since 2014 she has been the principal and owner of Haven Designers, a Rhode Island based design studio focusing on residential architecture. She taught at the college level for over twenty years, teaching all aspects of two and three-dimensional design including architecture and graphic design.  Her creative sensibility is shaped by rigorous architectural training at highly regarded architecture firms in Boston and Philadelphia.  Kim’s work is informed by a passion for history and years of exhibiting in museum contexts.  She has worked widely in public design oversight, having served for many years as the Planning Board Chair for Newport, RI, where she accrued multiple policy achievements. She has also served on the Newport Historic District Commission.
Selected Positions
Haven Designers, Providence, RI, Principal and Owner 2014 to Present
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, Adjunct Faculty, Art and Art History, 2013
University New Haven, New Haven, CT, Adjunct Faculty, Interior Architecture, 2002
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Adjunct Faculty, Interior Architecture, 1998
Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Philadelphia, PA, Adjunct Faculty, Architecture, 1993
GBQC Architects, Project Designer, Philadelphia, PA, 1993
Elkus/Manfredi Architects, Project Designer, Boston, MA, 1988
Safdie Architects, Project Designer, Somerville, MA, 1987
Selected Awards
Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association-
Excellent Plan Award for the North End Urban Plan, 2022
Project Grant for Public Seating, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Providence, RI, 2016
Centennial Community Grant for a Moveable Solar-Powered Pavilion
Rhode Island Foundation, Providence, RI, 2016
Career Development Grant, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2012
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residency Fellowship, Amherst, VA, 2011
Visual Arts Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, Grant, Kingston, RI, 2008
Pollock Krasner Foundation, Grant, New York, NY, 2007
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Merit Fellowship, Providence, RI, 2004
City of Newport, Planning Board, Chairman, Newport RI, 2021
North End Master Plan, Planning Board Chairman, Leadership Position, 2020
Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Planning Board Chairman, Leadership Position, 2017
City of Newport, Historic District Commission, Newport RI, 2008
Newport Art Museum, Buildings and Grounds Committee
Newport Historical Society, Properties Committee
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Master of Architecture, 1991
Arthur Spayd Brook Silver Medal
Romanach Fellowship
Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship
DuBose Scholarship
American Institute of Architects, AIA Annual Scholarship
Smith College, Northampton, MA, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, 1986
Dartmouth College, Junior Year
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Certificate in Painting, 1995
Post Baccalaureate Scholarship
Exhibitions and Publications
Kim has exhibited creative work in museums and galleries throughout the country. This work has been covered widely in newspapers and related press.
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