RIOS is an international design collective working beyond boundaries to inventively combine disciplines and amplify the impact of design.
Combined, our talents comprise a wide range of professional skills including architecture, landscape, urban planning, interior design, video, graphics and signage, experiential, and product design. Our work is irreversibly connected to the narrative of place and the complex order of human culture, creating solutions that are joyful, authentic, and unexpected. Our projects are diverse, including commercial, civic, hospitality, institutional, and residential.
We have been fortunate to be one of a very few firms which are widely recognized for skill and design excellence across the broad spectrum of design disciplines. In 2009, we were selected as one of two finalists in the category of Landscape Design by the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards program. In 2007 the firm was awarded the ‘Firm of the Year Award’ by the California Council of the American Institute of Architects for our consistent body of unique design work and our redefinition of the boundaries of design practice. Our work embodies our values.
We believe design is never without story. It connects people to each other and the world around us.
Together we work beyond boundaries to reveal, explore, and invent designs that amplify experiences.
Design is an act of optimism and we meet the process with joy and exuberance. We are forward-thinking and imaginative of future contexts. We find the silver lining in the unknown and adventure in the undiscovered. We don’t resist change, we harness it.
We believe that positive outcomes occur when we celebrate the differences in our worldviews. The strength of our design comes from the diversity of its authors and the way they work openly to communicate and innovate across disciplines. Our innate way of seeing the world is enhanced by our diversity, belief in equity, and passionate stance for social justice.
We are driven by a bold vision to seek the unknown and to find and understand what is on the other side. We dream bigger, take intelligent risks, and articulate these risks through strategy and critical problem-solving. By reframing how things are perceived, we find opportunity and design for that immense potential.
We practice with conviction. We coax conversation into strategy. We push innovation using an array of tools driven by our profound curiosity. Our deep belief in fearlessness rewards the courageous ideas we pursue by combining the creative power of the individual with the collective momentum of the team.