"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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