Profile

RGB Architects (RGB) is a diversified architectural, planning, and interior design firm. The firm operates in all market sectors, serving a range of clients. In particular, RGB has a long history of service to the major corporations and critical government agencies of southern New England. The firm has also served many area cities and towns in designing and maintaining municipal buildings and those of corresponding school districts.

Certified Veteran-owned Business

RGB is a certified Veteran-owned Small Business by the Veterans Administration. RGB is also certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office as a Veteran-Oned Business (VBE).


History

RGB's history is comprised of service to the businesses and communities of southern New England. As Rhode Island's foremost design firm, we are cognizant of our work's place in shaping everyday environments that touch people in many aspects of their lives.

RGB's core philosophy has always considered the long-term consequences of our actions, and our creative designs have remained true to practical concerns. We invite you to view a portfolio piece developed circa 1980. This document depicts projects over a 25 year period. Notably, the document's introduction highlights a company philosophy that, in spite of the many modern technologies and processes now in use, resounds with RGB's current practice. Ecological concerns and innovative materials and processes receive mention as well.

RGB Portfolio Booklet - 1955-1980 PDF

Company Formation

The Robinson Green Beretta Corporation was formed in 1970. However, our beginning goes back to 1946 when the firm of Cull and Robinson was founded. Seven years later, this firm established an architectural partnership with the firm of Conrad E. Green (founded in 1948) under the name of Cull, Robinson, and Green. The name was changed to Robinson, Green, and Beretta when Joseph A. Beretta, who had started with Cull and Robinson in 1946 became a partner.

Joseph A. Beretta, an architect and engineer, became RGB's first president upon incorporation of the firm in 1970. His son, Joseph R. Beretta, joined the firm in 1973 and has served as president since 1997.

Founders

  • Knight D. Robinson, AIA NCARB; deceased; Brown University A.B. 1935; Harvard University, B. Arch. and M. Arch. 1940
  • Conrad E. Green, AIA NCARB; deceased; Brown University A.B. 1935; Harvard University, B. Arch. and M. Arch. 1940
  • Joseph A. Beretta, AIA NCARB PE NSPE; deceased; University of Rhode Island, Lincoln Institute of Northeastern University

Notable Projects through the Years

Renowned over the decades for its work ethic and hustle, RGB has completed thousands of projects since its formation. A few are mentioned here.

1950s and 1960s

  • First Federal Savings Bank Providence, Rhode Island
  • Institute of Mental Health, Adolph Meyer Building Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Cranston West Senior High School Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Ponaganset Regional High School Glocester, Rhode Island
  • Mary C. Wheeler Classrooms and Dormitory Building Providence, Rhode Island
  • Fox Point Elementary School Providence, Rhode Island
  • US Navy, Bachelor's Officers Quarters U.S. Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Veterans Home Bristol, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Refectory and Living Center Providence, Rhode Island
  • Brown University Walter Wilson Laboratory Providence, Rhode Island
  • Community College of Rhode Island, Knight Campus Warwick, Rhode Island
Image of Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus

1970s and 1980s


1990s


2000s

  • University of Rhode Island, Green Hall Restoration Kingston, Rhode Island
  • LaSalle Academy, Science Center and Arts Wing Providence, Rhode Island
  • Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Alice Viola Breast Care Center Providence, Rhode Island
  • Fort Wetherill Aquatic Center Jamestown, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island College Residence Hall Providence, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island College Paul V. Sherlock Center Providence, Rhode Island
  • Promenade Loft Apartments Providence, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Public Transit Authority CNG Maintenance Facility Providence, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Para-Transit Facility Providence, Rhode Island
  • North Smithfield Middle School North Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • Marriott Hotel Providence, Rhode Island
  • Casey Family Services Providence, Rhode Island
  • Starwood Tiverton Villages at Mt. Hope Bay Tiverton, RI

2010s

  • Interlink at Skywalk T.F. Green Airport Warwick, Rhode Island
  • State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School for the Deaf Providence, Rhode Island
  • State of Rhode Island, State Police Headquarters Scituate, Rhode Island
  • State of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Fire Academy Exeter, Rhode Island
  • Johnson & Wales University Harborside Recreation Center Renovation Providence, Rhode Island
  • Johnson & Wales University Hospitality Center Providence, Rhode Island

Awards

  • American Institute of Steel Construction's Annual IDEAS2 Design Competition – National Certificate of Recognition, 2011 Interlink Terminal End Improvements & Skybridge at TF Green Airport, Warick, RI 
  • South County Habitat for Humanity – “Finalist in the Sustainable Residential Design Competition”, 2010
  • National Grid/Advanced Building Core Performance – “Superior Energy Efficient Design for High Performance Schools”, 2008/2009 New Middle School, North Smithfield, RI
  • International Masonry Institute 2008 Golden Trowel Award, New England Region – “Best Sustainable Design Project” New Residence Hall, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
  • American School & University 2008 Architectural Portfolio "Outstanding Design" New Residence Hall, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
  • RI Historic Preservation Society 2008 Historic Preservation Award Rosedale Landing Apartment, Cranston, RI
  • National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association – 2007 Honor Award Blackstone River State Park & Visitor Center, Lincoln RI   American School & University 2007 Educational Interiors Showcase "Interior Design Excellence" Cumberland High School Wellness Center Cumberland, RI
  • RI Historic Preservation Society 2006 Historic Preservation Award The Promenade Apartments, Providence, RI
  • American School & University 2006 Educational Interiors Showcase "Interior Design Excellence" CCRI Edward J. Liston Campus Additions and Renovations, Providence, RI
  • American School & University 2005 Architectural Portfolio "Outstanding Design" LaSalle Academy, Shea Science and Student Center Addition, Providence, RI
  • American School & University 2004 Educational Interiors Showcase "Outstanding Design" Smithfield High School, Laboratory Classroom Additions, Smithfield, RI
  • Masonry Construction's 2004 Project of the Year - "Best Historic Restoration" Green Hall, Restoration and Renovations, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  • Rhode Island Monthly 2003 Design Awards Gold Award: Commercial Interior Design Casey Family Services, New Office, Providence, RI
  • Masonry Construction's 2003 Project of the Year - "Best Institutional Building/Government" Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Maintenance Facility Expansion, Providence, RI
  • AIA/Rhode Island 2002 Design Awards Manchester Street Station, Restoration, Providence, RI
  • International Masonry Institute 2002 Golden Trowel Award, New England Region Courtyard by Marriott, New Construction, Union Station Plaza, Providence, RI