Mr. Rios started his career as an architectural draftsman with George Pearson Architects in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Under his tutelage Mr. Pearson encouraged Mr. Rios to pursue his architectural degree. Mr. Rios graduated from Roger Williams University Architectural School. It provided a unique learning environment as well as the opportunity to work for some local offices during summer internships.
Mr. Rios joined Urban Design Group in Providence, Rhode Island in 1992. He was involved in a variety of residential and commercial projects. In 1996, he left to gain greater exposure with large scale projects by working for Arrowstreet Inc. one of the largest architectural firms in Somerville, Massachusetts. He worked on several commercial developments including the Providence Mall complex in Providence, RI and institutional projects throughout the East Coast. In 2002, he rejoined Urban Design Group to address new markets in small to medium size commissions in Rhode Island.
Mr. Rios has experience in a wide range of urban planning and building types, including projects involving downtown revitalization, retail, hospitality, and private sector office development. He has a strong background in project execution, code compliance issues, coordination and delivery in order to meet project goals. He is noted for his practical emphasis on establishing a strong working relationship among the various project participants to satisfy client needs and budget constraints.
Notable projects include Renovations to Independence Hall, University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus; Block Island Town Hall; New Facilities & Classrooms for the The Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, RI; The Riverfront Plan, Woonsocket, RI; Harvard University Oxford Street Parking Facility, Cambridge, MA; Binney Street Telecommunications Building, Providence Place Mall and Cambridge Side Hotel.
In 2007 studio rios architecture llc
was formed with a focus on the growing market of sustainable architecture and green design. The goal is to provide a dedicated service to individuals interested in one-on-one attention to their needs, the acceptance of hybrid vehicles, organic farming and energy saving windmills, the climate to address such needs is ever growing.
Roger Williams University
Bachelor in Architecture (BA)
Registered Architect in CT, MA & RI.
Affiliations and Memberships
Member, American Instituted of Architects
Member, Rhode Island Chapter of AIA
Member, U.S. Green Building Council