Mark Rios is best known to be the founding principal of Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles. His firm is best known for the great emphasis on integrating architecture, interior design, urban planning, furniture design and even graphics. Having such an involved and creative firm has allowed Mark to achieve outstanding success in his career. Landscape commissions have varied from the design of public parks, plazas, and streets, to private gardens, furniture.
Mark’s main desire in his designs of products and project is for everyone to take note of and appreciate their surrounding ecological and cultural environments.
Mark has been honored with over 50 professional design awards during his career and his projects have been widely published in over 100 national and international books and periodicals. Mark 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. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from USC, and both a Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
The project that Mark is best known for and has marked his career positively is Grand Park in Los Angeles. Grand Park was design and planned out to express the global multicultural diversity of Los Angeles through landscape design and architecture. Designing such a space would allow Mark and colleges to create a spectacular, iconic park for Downtown Los Angeles. The park celebrates Los Angeles’ identity as a 21st-century multicultural global city—a metropolis composed of an amazing diversity of authentic ethnic communities and neighborhoods, set in a County where 244 distinct languages are spoken. The park is enriched with great design concepts and invites multicultural diversity.