ADC Lecture Series: Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA

Event Date: 

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

5:30pm Reception, 6pm Lecture 


Event Location: 

  • AD&A Museum

Event Contact: 

Lety Garcia Programs & PR Manager 



Formally trained in both architecture and landscape architecture, Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, has long seen those two disciplines as inseparable.  He founded Rios Associates in 1985 with a singular vision: to imagine, design, and build complete environments.  Under his leadership, the firm quickly developed an international reputation for its groundbreaking multidisciplinary approach to all its commissions. 
Rios' eclectic interests and ability to see things from multiple perspectives propelled the firm beyond the borders of architecture and landscape architecture to incorporate interior design, graphic design, product design, branding, and urban planning.  He created an environment where colleagues were free to draw from any number of design influences. 
The firm was renamed Rios Clementi Hale Studios in 2003 to acknowledge its focus on collaboration across all of these disciplines.  The firm’s client list is as diverse as the services it provides.  It includes entertainment studios, commercial developers, cultural and educational institutions, city agencies, retail and restaurant establishments, and private individuals. 
Rios received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from USC, and earned his Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees simultaneously from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.  He has been an AIA Fellow since 1999 and an ASLA Fellow since 2006.  He was Chairman of USC’s Landscape Architecture Program from 2001 to 2007, and served on the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture faculty from 1986 to 1995. 
Every project that bears the firm’s stamp traces its lineage to Rios' innate curiosity.  His fascination with the interrelationships among design disciplines is most prominently on display in projects such as Grand Park, The California Endowment, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, and Mark Taper Forum. 
Rios Clementi Hale Studios has earned an international reputation for its collaborative and multidisciplinary approach, establishing an award-winning tradition across an unprecedented range of design disciplines.  The firm’s partners—Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, Julie Smith-Clementi, IDSA, Frank Clementi, AIA, AIGA, Bob Hale, FAIA, and Mark Motonaga—comprise a team involved in every aspect of design, from practice to education.  Acknowledging the firm’s diverse body of work, the American Institute of Architects California Council gave Rios Clementi Hale Studios its 2007 Firm Award, the organization’s highest honor.  For its varied landscape work—from civic parks to private gardens—the firm was named a finalist in the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.  Since 1985, the architects, landscape architects, planners, and urban, interior, exhibit, graphic, and product designers at Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been creating buildings, places, and products that are thoughtful, effective, and beautiful.

This Lecture Series is underwritten by the Albert Frey Fund. Co-sponsored by the AIA/SB