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Tells an

Inspired Story

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01. Who We Are

02. Values

03. Pillars

04. Leadership

06. Awards

07. Look Book

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01. Who We Are

02. Values

03. Pillars

04. Leadership

06. Awards

07. Look Book

07. Contact

Who We Are

Founded in 1979. We are a full-service, award-winning design firm dedicated to making everyday places extraordinary. Our depth of experience in architecture, planning and interior design means that we take a comprehensive approach when designing the mix of uses that create community.

Who We Are

Founded in 1979. We are a full-service, award-winning design firm dedicated to making everyday places extraordinary. Our depth of experience in architecture, planning and interior design means that we take a comprehensive approach when designing the mix of uses that create community.

Values

Pillars

We love design

  • Design is important to us
  • Every project deserves careful consideration
  • There is no rubber stamp or artificial ingredients used in our products
  • We take a unique approach to every project
  • We value contextualism over style

We are entrepreneurs

  • Every challenge is an opportunity
  • We thrive on innovation
  • Creativity is our business
  • We take advantage of technology

Social Impact & Advocacy

  • Diversity is strength
  • Our design process evolves through collaboration
  • Listen carefully:  to our clients, our staff, the community, our instincts
  • Everyone contributes

We can make a difference

  • In our community
  • For the future sustainability of our environment
  • Enhancing economic outcomes for clients and neighborhoods
  • Creating places people love

Everybody has a voice

Reflecting on our collective concern for our community, our firm devotes our talents to making an impact challenges such as homelessness, affordability, and climate change.

Research & Development, Technology

Understanding the need for design innovation, we engage in research and development for topical project types, contributing to thought leadership in the building industry. We develop beneficial technology services, apply research and data collection to our projects, and conduct post-occupancy analyses to refine our processes continuously. 

Integrated Process

We take a collaborative approach that results in architecture, planning and interior design that is of enduring value to our clients and their communities. Our depth of knowledge about trends and innovation is the result of the collegial atmosphere where experts share their knowledge while working together. We are a full-service architecture practice, experienced in numerous typologies from conception to realization.

Talent Development

We believe we have some of the best-educated and talented staff in the industry. We work to provide team members with a clear sense of direction in their careers and a sense of optimism about the future of the firm and their own professional lives. We believe in the tremendous value of diversity and inclusion in our community and our workplace. Every individual is encouraged and rewarded for reaching their highest potential.

Values

We love design

  • Design is important to us
  • Every project deserves careful consideration
  • There is no rubber stamp or artificial ingredients used in our products
  • We take a unique approach to every project
  • We value contextualism over style

We are entrepreneurs

  • Every challenge is an opportunity
  • We thrive on innovation
  • Creativity is our business
  • We take advantage of technology

Social Impact & Advocacy

  • Diversity is strength
  • Our design process evolves through collaboration
  • Listen carefully:  to our clients, our staff, the community, our instincts
  • Everyone contributes

We can make a difference

  • In our community
  • For the future sustainability of our environment
  • Enhancing economic outcomes for clients and neighborhoods
  • Creating places people love

Pillars

Everybody has a voice

Reflecting on our collective concern for our community, our firm devotes our talents to making an impact challenges such as homelessness, affordability, and climate change.

Research & Development, Technology

Understanding the need for design innovation, we engage in research and development for topical project types, contributing to thought leadership in the building industry. We develop beneficial technology services, apply research and data collection to our projects, and conduct post-occupancy analyses to refine our processes continuously. 

Integrated Process

We take a collaborative approach that results in architecture, planning and interior design that is of enduring value to our clients and their communities. Our depth of knowledge about trends and innovation is the result of the collegial atmosphere where experts share their knowledge while working together. We are a full-service architecture practice, experienced in numerous typologies from conception to realization.

Talent Development

We believe we have some of the best-educated and talented staff in the industry. We work to provide team members with a clear sense of direction in their careers and a sense of optimism about the future of the firm and their own professional lives. We believe in the tremendous value of diversity and inclusion in our community and our workplace. Every individual is encouraged and rewarded for reaching their highest potential.

Leadership

Leadership

Mitra Esfandiari, AIA

Senior Principal

Sean Slater, AIA

Principal

Francesca Franchi, AIA

Principal

Jackson Thilenius, AIA

SVP, Hospitality & Interiors

Jonathan Lopez, LEED AP

Senior Design Director / Associate Principal

Virginia Maggiore

Vice President,
Store Planning

Mitra Esfandiari, AIA

Senior Principal

Sean Slater, AIA

Principal

Francesca Franchi, AIA

Principal

Jackson Thilenius, AIA

SVP, Hospitality & Interiors

Jonathan Lopez, LEED AP

Senior Design Director / Associate Principal

Virginia Maggiore

Vice President,
Store Planning

Awards

2021

Interior Design Magazine, Best of Year Award, Fitness
Equinox Beale Street

Interior Design Magazine, Best of Year Award Finalist, Outdoor Spaces
Rise Park @ OC Great Park

AIA Orange County, Design Award
Equinox Culver City

LIV, Hospitality Design Award
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

Fodor’s, Top 10 Food Halls in the US
Sky Deck

Gold Nugget Award, Best Community Amenity, Grand Award
Rise Park @ OC Great Park

Gold Nugget Award, Best Commercial Project Under 20,000 SF
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

Muse Design Award, Interior, Hospitality Gold Winner
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

Muse Design Award, Interior,  Sport + Entertainment Gold Winner
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

AIA Long Beach South Bay, Design Award CitationDosist

Muse Design Award, Interior, Leisure + Wellness Gold Winner
Dosist

Muse Design Award, Interior, Retail, Shops, Department Stores + Mall Silver Winner
Dosist

Rethinking The Future Award, Interior Retail (Built) Awardee
Dosist

The Plan International Design Award,  Sports + Leisure Finalist
Equinox Culver City

Muse Design Awards, Architectural, Sports + Recreation Gold Winner
Equinox Culver City

Muse Design Awards, Interior, Spa + Fitness Silver Winner
Equinox Culver City

2020

NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award, Best Condominium Community Winner
Novel Park at OC Great Park

SCDF Design and Philanthropy Awards, Citation
Campus at Horton

American Planning Association California Chapter, Urban Design Merit Award
SteelCraft

American Planning Association Orange Chapter, Urban Design Merit Award
SteelCraft

2019

LA Business Council Award Winner, Renovated Building
Erewhon Santa Monica

Architecture, Construction, & Design Awards, Commercial Interior
Equinox Culver City

AIA Long Beach/South Bay Jury Award, Building Detail
Equinox Culver City

Southern California Design Forum, Design Award
Erewhon Santa Monica

FRAME Design Awards Honoree, Social Award
WISEPlace Community Room

AIAOC Design Awards,  Merit Award
The Roost

2018

AIA San Diego, Honor Award
Equinox La Costa

ICSC Design & Development Gold Award, Retail/Renovations
Del Amo Fashion Center

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award, Fitness
Equinox Culver City

Southern California Development Forum, Citation Award
Erewhon

IDA Silver Design Award, Renovation
RDC Office

IDA Gold Design Award, Urban Design
RDC Office

IES International Award of Merit, Office Energy and Environmental Design
RDC Office

IES International Award of Merit, Interior Lighting Design
RDC Office

Gold Nugget Merit Award, Best Interior Renovation
RDC Office

Downtown Long Beach, Spirit of Downtown Award
RDC Office

48th Annual LA Business Council Architectural Awards, Interior Design
RDC Office

Architizer A+ Award Finalist, Co-working Space
RDC Office

Architizer A+ Award Finalist, Commercial Office Interiors
RDC Office

Architecture MasterPrize, Honorable Mention
RDC Office

FRAME Design Awards, Honoree- Co-working Space of The Year
RDC Office

SCDF, Interior Architecture Design Award
RDC Office

German Design Council Award, Interior Renovation
RDC Office

IDA Calibre Interior Design Award, Medium Office
RDC Office

2021

Interior Design Magazine, Best of Year Award, Fitness
Equinox Beale Street

Interior Design Magazine, Best of Year Award Finalist, Outdoor Spaces
Rise Park @ OC Great Park

AIA Orange County, Design Award
Equinox Culver City

LIV, Hospitality Design Award
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

Fodor’s, Top 10 Food Halls in the US
Sky Deck

Gold Nugget Award, Best Community Amenity, Grand Award
Rise Park @ OC Great Park

Gold Nugget Award, Best Commercial Project Under 20,000 SF
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

Muse Design Award, Interior, Hospitality Gold Winner
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

Muse Design Award, Interior,  Sport + Entertainment Gold Winner
Cinepolis Pacific Palisades

AIA Long Beach South Bay, Design Award CitationDosist

Muse Design Award, Interior, Leisure + Wellness Gold Winner
Dosist

Muse Design Award, Interior, Retail, Shops, Department Stores + Mall Silver Winner
Dosist

Rethinking The Future Award, Interior Retail (Built) Awardee
Dosist

The Plan International Design Award,  Sports + Leisure Finalist
Equinox Culver City

Muse Design Awards, Architectural, Sports + Recreation Gold Winner
Equinox Culver City

Muse Design Awards, Interior, Spa + Fitness Silver Winner
Equinox Culver City

2020

NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award, Best Condominium Community Winner
Novel Park at OC Great Park

SCDF Design and Philanthropy Awards, Citation
Campus at Horton

American Planning Association California Chapter, Urban Design Merit Award
SteelCraft

American Planning Association Orange Chapter, Urban Design Merit Award
SteelCraft

2019

LA Business Council Award Winner, Renovated Building
Erewhon Santa Monica

Architecture, Construction, & Design Awards, Commercial Interior
Equinox Culver City

AIA Long Beach/South Bay Jury Award, Building Detail
Equinox Culver City

Southern California Design Forum, Design Award
Erewhon Santa Monica

FRAME Design Awards Honoree, Social Award
WISEPlace Community Room

AIAOC Design Awards,  Merit Award
The Roost

2018

AIA San Diego, Honor Award
Equinox La Costa

ICSC Design & Development Gold Award, Retail/Renovations
Del Amo Fashion Center

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award, Fitness
Equinox Culver City

Southern California Development Forum, Citation Award
Erewhon

IDA Silver Design Award, Renovation
RDC Office

IDA Gold Design Award, Urban Design
RDC Office

IES International Award of Merit, Office Energy and Environmental Design
RDC Office

IES International Award of Merit, Interior Lighting Design
RDC Office

Gold Nugget Merit Award, Best Interior Renovation
RDC Office

Downtown Long Beach, Spirit of Downtown Award
RDC Office

48th Annual LA Business Council Architectural Awards, Interior Design
RDC Office

Architizer A+ Award Finalist, Co-working Space
RDC Office

Architizer A+ Award Finalist, Commercial Office Interiors
RDC Office

Architecture MasterPrize, Honorable Mention
RDC Office

FRAME Design Awards, Honoree- Co-working Space of The Year
RDC Office

SCDF, Interior Architecture Design Award
RDC Office

German Design Council Award, Interior Renovation
RDC Office

IDA Calibre Interior Design Award, Medium Office
RDC Office

LOOK BOOK

ARCHITECTURE . INTERIOR DESIGN . RETAIL . BESPOKE

ARCHITECTURE

INTERIOR DESIGN

RETAIL

BESPOKE

Equinox

San Francisco, CA

Located between the Financial District and the burgeoning SOMA region of San Francisco, this 35,600 SF luxe fitness club is a health and wellness destination amenity for the city.  Equinox Beale Street is situated on a prominent corner within a 23-story, 660,000 SF, 1960’s office tower designed by SOM and recognized as a historically significant building. It has been extensively renovated and achieved LEED Platinum.

San Francisco

Equinox

San Francisco, CA

Located between the Financial District and the burgeoning SOMA region of San Francisco, this 35,600 SF luxe fitness club is a health and wellness destination amenity for the city.  Equinox Beale Street is situated on a prominent corner within a 23-story, 660,000 SF, 1960’s office tower designed by SOM and recognized as a historically significant building. It has been extensively renovated and achieved LEED Platinum.

Equinox

La Costa, CA

RDC worked intimately with Equinox’s New York City-based design team to introduce the coastal community of Carlsbad to this exclusive, luxury brand. The transformative interior design converts an abandoned 31,000 SF grocery store into a luxury fitness club. Considering La Costa’s beach community identity within Northern San Diego County, known for casual resort living; the design challenge involved blurring the urban, edgy brand with southern Californian resort lifestyle.

La Costa

Equinox

La Costa, CA

RDC worked intimately with Equinox’s New York City-based design team to introduce the coastal community of Carlsbad to this exclusive, luxury brand. The transformative interior design converts an abandoned 31,000 SF grocery store into a luxury fitness club. Considering La Costa’s beach community identity within Northern San Diego County, known for casual resort living; the design challenge involved blurring the urban, edgy brand with southern Californian resort lifestyle.

Equinox

Culver City, CA

Located in the heart of downtown Culver City, the 30,490 SF Equinox luxury fitness club occupies a space in the eight-story, mid-rise One Culver building that formerly served as the headquarters of Sony Pictures. The design concept of the club was inspired by the site’s unique location and lineage in the creative entertainment hub of Los Angeles. The façade is defined by the concept of “iconic portals” identified by qualities of the three street frontages, each with distinct urban characteristics: street, urban café and main entry.

Culver City

Equinox

Culver City, CA

Located in the heart of downtown Culver City, the 30,490 SF Equinox luxury fitness club occupies a space in the eight-story, mid-rise One Culver building that formerly served as the headquarters of Sony Pictures. The design concept of the club was inspired by the site’s unique location and lineage in the creative entertainment hub of Los Angeles. The façade is defined by the concept of “iconic portals” identified by qualities of the three street frontages, each with distinct urban characteristics: street, urban café and main entry.

Dosist

Los Angeles, CA

Dosist’s second location, in the trendy Fairfax District of Los Angeles, provides clean and minimalist interiors and natural light to create a welcoming atmosphere for the brand’s wellness experience. RDC collaborated with the brand’s in-house design team to create a sophisticated retail space aimed at educating customers while providing high-end wellness products. White-washed maple wood displays and soothing limestone interior elements act as a calming backdrop showcasing Dosist’s complete line of products.

Los Angeles

Dosist

Los Angeles, CA

Dosist’s second location, in the trendy Fairfax District of Los Angeles, provides clean and minimalist interiors and natural light to create a welcoming atmosphere for the brand’s wellness experience. RDC collaborated with the brand’s in-house design team to create a sophisticated retail space aimed at educating customers while providing high-end wellness products. White-washed maple wood displays and soothing limestone interior elements act as a calming backdrop showcasing Dosist’s complete line of products.

HANGZHOU URBAN ROOFTOP

Hangzhou, China

Famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is the political, economic and cultural center of Zhejiang province. The Hangzhou Urban Rooftop celebrates the city renowned as China’s Silicon Valley of Paradise by incorporating urban design elements with touches of modern technology to a unique mixed-use project.

HANGZHOU

HANGZHOU URBAN ROOFTOP

Hangzhou, China

Famous for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritages, Hangzhou is the political, economic and cultural center of Zhejiang province. The Hangzhou Urban Rooftop celebrates the city renowned as China’s Silicon Valley of Paradise by incorporating urban design elements with touches of modern technology to a unique mixed-use project.

Rhone

New York, NY

Men’s active wear label Rhone worked with RDC to design the brand’s 1,500-square-foot flagship in the Flatiron District at 133 Fifth Avenue. The location features a modern design that evokes movement, using metal and light woods and features furniture from Herman Miller and Design Within Reach. The store is Rhone’s third permanent location in Manhattan and the largest of the three. RDC provided architect of record services, including construction documentation, permit administration and construction administration.

New York

Rhone

New York, NY

Men’s active wear label Rhone worked with RDC to design the brand’s 1,500-square-foot flagship in the Flatiron District at 133 Fifth Avenue. The location features a modern design that evokes movement, using metal and light woods and features furniture from Herman Miller and Design Within Reach. The store is Rhone’s third permanent location in Manhattan and the largest of the three. RDC provided architect of record services, including construction documentation, permit administration and construction administration.

FORUM SHOPS AT CAESAR’S PALACE

Las Vegas, NV

RDC worked in collaboration with original designer, Shema Dougall Design Associates, to reconfigure the central plaza at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Owned and operated by Simon Properties, and built more than 20 years ago, the Forum Shops offers a unique shopping experience, combining luxury retail shops, entertainment, and fine dining.

LAS VEGAS

FORUM SHOPS AT CAESAR’S PALACE

Las Vegas, NV

RDC worked in collaboration with original designer, Shema Dougall Design Associates, to reconfigure the central plaza at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Owned and operated by Simon Properties, and built more than 20 years ago, the Forum Shops offers a unique shopping experience, combining luxury retail shops, entertainment, and fine dining.

Contact

For More Information, Please Contact:

Mitra Esfandiari, AIA

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