Franklin Report Report Card for Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios
3101 West Exposition Place
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 785-1800
Main Contact: Michelle
Landscape Architects & Designers
Interior Design

Services & Specialties
Contextual contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, branding, signage, product design, urban planning

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Peers and clients alike admire Mark Rios and his partners for their clean, uplifting modern architecture, their agility in truly harmonizing the inside and out, and for the enjoyable and professional process. "They can do it all" is the consensus; and indeed, that seems to be the case. Most of the interiors are done in-house, with heavy reliance on the firm's highly successful home products company, called notNeutral, to completely coordinate the look.

A fully-integrated team approach is reflective of the principal's multidisciplinary talents. Rios, who holds masters degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from Harvard. Robert Hale, who has a Masters in Architecture from UCLA, was VP of design at Universal Studios, while Frank Clementi a graduate of Cal Poly-Pamona practiced for years in Italy and Julie Smith-Clementi began her career at Hodgetts + Fung Design. Rios launched the firm under his moniker in 1985. The current name was adopted in 2005, and over 120 people are now employed. A player in Bel Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Malibu, the studio has worked nationally in San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington DC.

The firm’s commissions are about 40 percent architecture (half residential), 40 percent landscape and 20 percent interiors, graphics and product. The landscapes are edited and geometric with unique water details like negative edge reflection pools and fountains that bow to sustainable ideals. The firm's interest rests more in the challenge of an architectural project than its size, resulting in a range of projects from 3,000 to 12,000 square feet. Finished per square foot cost can be from $300-$600 with $400 more typical, along with standard architectural fees. Clients place Rios, Clementi Hale Studios in the superstar league of architects and adamantly believe the investment to be worth every penny.

Representative Client Comments:
"I hear nothing but good things about this firm." "They do everything with energy and verve and it is consistently excellent." "There is a focused point of view and a clear professionalism that comes with a firm of this quality." "The projects speak for themselves." "Mark can see what's possible in any situation." "They are very patient and good listeners." "Mark is involved with every project, and a capable project leader handles the day-to-day." "A tremendous amount of time is taken to make sure every detail holistically fits into the strategic design." "Sustainable architecture, and particularly sod roofs have become a big recent interest." "I don't think there's anyone more talented in design."

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