I am a matchmaker between people and places, dedicated to bringing cities to life for others by opening doors to buildings and telling the stories of neighborhoods. Over the past decade, my work has evolved from leading architectural tours and writing a Chicago-based building blog, to creating innovative place-based public programs in cities across the US.
I am the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Founding Director of Doors Open Rhode Island: a new initiative that connects people to places of cultural, architectural and historical significance in an effort to bridge communities and inspire new perspectives on our cities.
Prior to moving to Providence to pursue my master’s degree in Public Humanities at Brown University (completed spring 2016), I managed the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, which has grown into the largest architecture and urban exploration event in the country.
I am available for consulting on public programs relating to architecture, historic preservation and city exploration. Visit my linkedin page to learn more about my professional background and click here to contact me.
Mary MacDonald, “Stevens to Serve as Executive Director of AIA Rhode Island Chapter,” Providence Business News, December 21, 2017
Kaitlin Sandmann, “Caroline Stevens MA ’16 Opens Doors to the Providence Community,” Brown University Stories of Impact, November 7, 2017
Kate Bramson, “A Revealing Look at RI Places Normally Hidden from View” Providence Journal, September 23, 2017
Nicole Dotzenrod, “Doors Open RI Festival set for Saturday,” Providence Business News, September 22, 2017
Andy Smith, “Providence’s Doors Open Rhode Island Festival offers a city-wide open house of are artifacts, unusual venues” Providence Journal, September 14, 2017
Michael Bilow, “Doors Open RI Free Citywide PVD Festival, Sep 23” Motif Magazine, September 6, 2017
John Kieran, “See the State’s Hidden Gems at the Doors Open RI Festival”, Rhode Island Monthly, September 1, 2017
Donita Taylor, “Open House at Smith Hill Synagogue Draws Hundreds” Providence Journal, June 25, 2017
Bill Rappleye, “Funeral held for Fogarty Building in Downtown Providence,” NBC 10 News, March 17, 2017
Chuck Hinman, “Fogarty Building RIP, 1968-2017” Rhode Island Public Radio, March 17, 2017
John Hill, “Fogarty Building ‘funeral” pays last respects to Brutalist icon,” Providence Journal, March 17, 2017
Marisa Angell Brown and Caroline Stevens “An Obituary for the Fogarty Building,” Providence Journal, March 15, 2017
Jessica Bryant, “RI’s Hidden Spaces: Doors Open RI gives people behind the scenes access to the state’s secret places,” SO Rhode Island, December 20, 2016
“Embark fellowship from Swearer Center to support graduates’ entrepreneurial ventures,” News from Brown, April 27, 2016.
“A must-do this weekend,” Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano Show, WGN 720, October 18, 2013.
“Exploring Chicago’s Hidden Gems at Open House Chicago,” Interview on WGN 9 Morning News, October 17, 2013. (featured in last two videos: Studebaker Theater and Decorator’s Supply)
Lori Rotenberk, “Chicago Will Open Up the Guts of its Architectural Treasures this Weekend,” Next City, October 17, 2013.
“Open House Chicago 2011” WGN 9 Midday News, October 13, 2011