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Area of expertise: Landscape Architecture, Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Education, Manufacturing & Retail
Frank has spent his professional lifetime exploring the ways design disciplines inform one another in the related fields of landscape architecture, graphic design and product design to create unique and holistic environments. He embraces the particular ecology of a specific place, its people, and their history, to deliver culturally relevant and cohesive experiences for all users.
In 2017, Frank was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows for inclusive design work that speaks to a large audience, engaging people across scales ranging from dinner plates to public parks. As Principal and Director of Design for Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Frank’s contributions to the firm’s portfolio are prolific and diverse. His proficiency as an architect has been responsible for some of our firm’s most creative designs for theaters, parks, offices, child care centers, and residences. Meanwhile, notNeutral, the studio’s arm for designing, manufacturing, and selling retail products, would not have been possible without his talent for creating products that inspire their users.
Frank’s generous professional contributions extend beyond the studio. Currently a board member and adjunct professor at Woodbury School of Architecture, Frank has taught for more than 20 years at institutions like USC, Art Center College of Design, and UNLV. He is also a member of the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Design Advisory Committee. Frank received his Bachelor in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Projects like Christ Catholic Cathedral, Sunset Triangle Plaza, W Hollywood Residences Roof Deck, MTA portal, and Westside Neighborhood School evidence his deft touch at bridging traditional distinctions among architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and product design.
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