The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Landscapes for Living: Post War Landscape Architecture in Los Angeles, SCI-Arc Campus, April 15, 2011


Mark Rios, FASLA, FAIA

is one of the Founding Principals of Rios Hale Clementi Studios, and has been the leader of both the design and business direction of the firm since its establishment as Rios Associates in 1985. Under Mr. Rios’s design leadership, the firm has developed an international reputation for its collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach, establishing an award-winning tradition across an unprecedented range of design disciplines. Though formally trained in both architecture and landscape architecture, Mr. Rios’s eclectic interests and innate curiosity have propelled his creative explorations beyond traditional professional borders. The firm—renamed in 2003 to acknowledge its collaborative nature—spans the design disciplines of architecture, landscape, interiors, graphics, branding, planning, and product design for clients that include entertainment studios and venues, cultural institutions, schools and universities, city agencies and departments, retail and restaurant establishments, and private individuals. This approach spurred the American Institute of Architects California Council to bestow its 2007 Firm Award to the multi-discipline practice. Mr. Rios was Chairman of Landscape Architecture at USC from 2001 to 2007, and has been on the faculty at UCLA. He was elevated to AIA Fellow in 1999 and to ASLA Fellow in 2006. Mr. Rios received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from USC in 1978, and both Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from Harvard University in 1982.