RIOS is an international design collective. We are actively in pursuit of wonder within the design of the built environment. We believe design is an act of optimism through which invention and ideas change the world. Within our practice, architecture, placemaking, and landscape architecture are interconnected to harness the positive impacts of wellness and define design as a continuum.  

Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts | Photographer: Pavel Bendov

We follow a process that begins with attunement, where program and context shape conceptual thinking to establish a holistically informed big idea. This overarching idea is the lens through which we develop form, confirm function, and define experience as the basis on which to explore ecology, material, and tectonic expression. The result is a strong representation of project goals portrayed through visionary thinking and clear performative expectations.

IAC | Photographer: Tom Bonner

As a result of this process, we are known for our bold solutions that are inclusive of the wider context. We are constantly redefining industry paradigms and gaining the trust of our clients to explore significant design challenges. We are ever mindful that an interdisciplinary approach to design brings about inclusive, resilient, and original solutions that ensure diversity and resilience.

Palm Springs Downtown Park | Photographer: Millicent Harvey

RIOS was founded in 1985 as a multi-disciplinary design firm. The practice operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, interior design, video, experience design, and product design. Today the firm has offices in Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, London, Austin, and Boulder with over 250 team members contributing to transformative projects globally. 

Chengdu Tianfu Central Park | Visual: Kinyi Visual

Recent projects by RIOS include Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts in Houston, Palm Springs Downtown ParkSpotify’s L.A. Content Campus, the Soul Biennale’s 100-year masterplan of Apgujeoung concept, 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Find out more about RIOS at their website

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