June 23, 2015 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    RA-DA is now one of the on-call architects for the City of Long Beach, approved yesterday by City Council. Yay! we are so excited to be working with the folks down there and look forward to some interesting projects. Good choice Long Beach!

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    SPGS ‘The Review’

    June 12, 2015 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    My old school, St. Paul’s Girls School in London, asked that I write a short article for this edition of their quarterly Alumni paper. And here it is.

    A couple of years ago, I was invited to speak at an event called “Architecture: Empathy and Technology” and was surprised by how little we had considered ‘empathy’ in design in both my graduate and undergraduate studies. We were always taught in, what I see now as, a patriarchal concept of ‘The Omnipotent Creator’: we built small, formally seductive models that looked great from above but spent little time considering personal and individual experiences that are shaped every day by all aspects of the architecture around us. Architecture has certainly changed in this respect and moved to a place that is more about experience. Instead of technology pushing us further away from that it has actually given us the tools to design spaces from the inside out, play with tactility, with surfaces, with affect and impression.

    My own career started firmly planted in the world of omnipotent designer: I spent ten years working on stadiums, arenas, and theatres. I thought about how to move crowds through enormous spaces, and how to mold form into event architecture. There’s certainly value in this but I knew there was a more social and political aspect to the world of architecture and jumped at the chance to design different building types and shadow the thoughts behind different functions and uses. Now in my architectural practice, our projects are broad in scope and type. They run the gamut from office interiors to retail to gymnasium buildings to theatres to animal shelters. In all our projects we consider experience at the human scale and strip away preconceptions with a desire to do things better, putting thought and empathy into everything. Possibly the most radical in all of these is the approach we’ve taken to animal shelters. Here, we were confronted with a building type that sorely needed reinvention and took on the challenge with enthusiasm. We redefined the prototype to create welcoming and comfortable environments that consider the animals, the visitors and the staff, rejecting the ‘shelter-as-prison’ mindset.

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    Blue Sky

    June 12, 2015 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Digital Ocean New York Headquarters now has a blue ceiling…. construction in progress

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    INSIDE Magazine Features Doc Magic

    February 20, 2014 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    INSIDE Magazine – A monthly round-up of the world’s best interiors and design stories – Features Doc Magic in their February Issue.

    Click on image to read online magazine

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    RA-DA’s Design featured in OnOffice Magazine

    January 31, 2014 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    “The Surface Design Show’s annual awards take place on 6 February, and another year of innovative and eye-catching products have raised the bar in aesthetics and use of technology.  Here are our favourites from the shortlist. The commercial interior surface finalist include RA-DA’s artfully inventive use of acoustic control material at Sonos Studio in (L.A.)”    ~ kind words via OnOffice magazine

    View the issue online ~

    RA-DA OnOffice Creative Office

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    Sonos Studio & Doc Magic ~ Honorable Mention for the 2013 London International Creative Competition

    January 30, 2014 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Check us out!  Sonos Studio recieved an Honorable Mention and Doc Magic was shortlisted at the 2013 London International Creative Competition.

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    Sonos Studio, International Surface Design Awards 2014 finalist

    November 8, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Sonos Studios, designed by RA-DA, was chosen as a finalist for the international Surface Design Awards 2014.  Projects were submitted by architects and interior designers from around the world with projects from the USA, China, Japan and the UAE among the finalists.

    Winners will be announced on Thursday 6th February 2014 at a ceremony taking place at Surface Design Show in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

    To see all of the finalists’ projects please visit

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    Rania Alomar, Architect to Watch

    October 16, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Green Building & Design Magazine features article this month on RA-DA’s principal ~ “Architect to Watch – Rania Alomar.”

    Pick up your copy today!

    Issue: November + December 2013 (Vol 4. No 24)

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    And yet another Award! RA-DA Wins International Design Award

    September 23, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    RA-DA has won First Prize for Doc Magic

    The International Design Awards exist to celebrate the world’s most visionary designers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of design worldwide.  Architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics submitted entries from over 65 countries throughout the world, proving IDA’s global emphasis. RA-DA will receive publication of Doc Magic in the 2012 International Design Awards Book of Designs.  We will update you once it’s published.

    More info on the award can be found here ~ award winners

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    In Boston this past weekend for the 2013 Vision Awards

    September 16, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    RA-DA received a beautiful trophy at the ceremony this past weekend.  Thank you to Floor Focus, all of the sponsors, and the Judges.  It was a lovely weekend!

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    Just Announced, RA-DA Wins The American Architecture Awards 2013

    August 29, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    We’ve just received notice that the South Los Angeles Animal Care & Community Center has won The American Architecture Awards 2013.

    Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the award is stated to “showcase the best of new American building design and urban design-oriented research by the nation’s foremost visionary designers.” – Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum

    Winning Projects to Be Exhibited at the 14th International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires in September.

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    A Star-Studded Event at the NKLA Opening

    August 23, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    The animal welfare coalition No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) celebrated the opening of a new animal shelter in West L.A. that aims to save 1,000 pets from euthanasia each year.

    The new shelter, called the NKLA Pet Adoption Center, is operated by Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles, which partners with city-run animal shelters to try and reach a 2017 goal that would eliminate the killing of shelter animals due to lack of space.

    ~ via 89.3 KPCC Mary Plummer

    Click here for Photos of NKLA Pet Adoption Center Opening Celebration

    Read more about NKLA at Digital Journal here

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    A beautifully designed Loft by RA-DA

    August 15, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

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    July 30, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

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    More info on the South L.A. Shelter tour July 25

    July 17, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Click for more info on the South L.A. Shelter tour July 25.  Address, Tickets, Time
    ~ via LA Forum

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    Mark Your Calendars, South L.A. Shelter Tour

    July 9, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    The LA FORUM will be hosting a series of architectural tours this summer with a talk and tour by Rania Alomar.

    ON THE MAP 2013: SOUTH OF THE 10
    July 25,    7:00pm – 9:00pm

    South Los Angeles Animal Care Center & Community Center
    Address: 1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047
    Speaker & Tour Guide By: Rania Alomar, AIA.  Principal, RA-DA

    “Countering the LA Forum’s bias towards visiting architecture primarily within a narrow swath of Los Angeles spanning downtown to the Westside, the 2013 “On the Map” series will explore equally interesting and important projects in neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Freeway.”

    for more info, visit The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture & Urban Design

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    Rania accepts Honor Award at the AIA National Convention

    June 25, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Back to work this week, but here is a snippet from last week’s AIA National Convention in Denver.

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    April 19, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Installation Magazine Issue 06 // Architecture+Design Issue 

    Installation Magazine collaborated with SCI-Arc to celebrate their 40th anniversary.  The issue features an interactive timeline of selected alumni from 1973-2013.  RA-DA featured along “1997″

    Digital copy available for download on itunes ~

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    USC John McKay Center

    April 17, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |


    New pictures of USC’s John McKay Center – All Sports Buildings are now up on RA-DA Website 

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    April 15, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America. This annual exhibition promotes the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and designers and inspires professionals to continue to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.

    Click here to view the 2013 Selected Works

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    April 12, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    We’ll be partying to this track this weekend!

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    We are in OnOffice Magazine

    April 12, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Doc Magic featured in April issue of OnOffice Magzine (UK)

    A sinuous tunnel of white light engulfs visitors in a fuzzy glow and takes them into a high-tech universe- Jenny Brewer, OnOffice

    Check out the digital copy here ~

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    In the News, South L.A. Animal Services Center

    April 8, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Here are some links to Video, Radio, & Written Articles about the newly opened South L.A. Animal Services Center!

    CBS News – Video and Written Article, Link ~

    Annenberg Radio News – Audio & Written Article, Claire Pires reports, click player below to listen.  Link to article~

    Radio KNX 1070 – Audio & Written Article, Margaret Carrero reports the new state-of-the-art South LA Animal Services Center celebrated its grand opening at Chesterfield Square Thursday.  Click player below to listen.

    Daily News – Photos, Click link to view gallery ~

    The Waterbowl Blog – Photos & Article, Click link to see photos & read more ~

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    Sonos & The Lash: Two of the Coolest Places in Los Angeles

    March 29, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    “The coolness of Sonos is the uniqueness of the space, the events and the crowd. It’s a neighborhood feel, like happening on a really killer house party. It’s more organic than a House of Blues or other such venue, more experimental and interactive…”  Via Huffington Post.

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    RA-DA on SCI-Arc’s Alumni News

    March 13, 2013 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

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    The xx Coexist Exhibit at Sonos Studio

    November 21, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    The xx Coexist Exhibit at Sonos Studio
    Exhibit: November 15 – December 23

    Follow link for more on the exhibit ~

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    November 15, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

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    this sums it up

    November 2, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    via ~ commune design

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    Doc Magic Sneak Peek

    October 26, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Here is a sneak peek at one of our final images for our recently completed project – Doc Magic, and some music to enjoy the picture with 

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    Great tune ~ Smalltalk – Ultraista

    October 20, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Smalltalk – Ultraista 

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    About: Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich forms new band… read more here

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    epic song for the cool kids ~ Pryamids – Frank Ocean

    October 12, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Pryamids – Frank Ocean 

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    Moby discuss LA Architecture

    October 9, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    watch it on the RA-DA Blog ~

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    End of Summer Jam Part II / Hello Autumn

    October 5, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    As summer dwindles away, we leave you with this great little track ~

    Mock & Toof – Farewell To Wendo 

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    End of Summer Jam Part I

    September 29, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Gung Ho – Twin Rays (Worst Friends Remix) 

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    RA-DA Projects looking good on new ARCHELLO website

    September 14, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Archello is a new platform to share your work and connect with other designers and companies.

    Check out our work here ~

    RA-DA on Archello Website

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    John McKay Center Now Open! RA-DA designed Interiors at the new USC All Sports Building.

    August 29, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    RA-DA Designed the Interiors of the new University of Southern California’s All Sports Building, now called the John McKay Center

    Gallery here ~

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    An acoustic partition system, formed out of recycled PET bottle fiber!

    August 24, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Check this cool wall out! ~ 

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    July 30, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

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    RA-DA Sonos Studio

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    For your weekend enjoyment

    July 13, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Lykke Li – Dance, Dance, Dance 

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    Sonos Studios featured on SOMA Magazine

    July 10, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Digital Edition can be seen here – SOMA (pg 24)

    SOMA Magazine - Sonos Studios

    Sonos Studios

    SOMA Website

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    Tropical Melodies

    June 30, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Poolside – Harvest Moon 

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    Sonos Update

    June 28, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Notcot has taken some more photos of the Sonos Studio, check it out here >

    also Sonos has put together this cool little video ~ 

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    Something to jam to this weekend!

    June 22, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |


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    Let’s Start the week off right

    June 19, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    From their 2006 Album “The Warning”   -


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    Enjoy some Chillwave Music

    June 8, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    A great Cover of “SUBURBS” -

    Mr Little Jeans – Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)

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    Welcome Weekend!

    June 1, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Another tune for ya! -

    THE CURE – Close To Me

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    May 21, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    We are so excited to be able to post this image. The project is nearly finished and this is one of the key areas that we spent so much time perfecting. First in the design and then in its execution. There is nothing that makes us happier than when the image actually looks exactly like the rendering (or better). Thanks to Greg Hollowaty for building the thing! And the team here at RA-DA for designing it!

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    L.A. About to Get the Nation`s Second Biggest Bike Sharing Program

    April 17, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Streetsblog broke the surprise news over the weekend that Los Angeles has made an agreement with Bike Nation to create a big new bike sharing program for the city. According to Mayor Villaraigosa’s… read more at curbedLA>>

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    Friday – feel good song of the week

    April 13, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    It’s the weekend! Enjoy this great song -

    FUN. – We Are Young

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    It’s Friday and you know what that means, a new tune for your weekend!

    April 6, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend!  Here is a track to help you start your weekend off good -

    Cadillac – Too Long (Daft Punk Cover)



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    Sonos L.A. Lab under construction

    March 29, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Construction is well under way for Sonos L.A. Lab, it’s going to be great


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    this week’s tune …Zetto&Ellemusic – Runrunrun…

    March 27, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    thanks Michelle for this brilliant tune!!

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    Niko’s Roadtrip

    March 23, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Niko is off to Santa Barbara today!

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    for all our clients with big offices and concrete floors.

    March 19, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    we found the perfect way to be flexible and on time. check out the Z-BOARD.

     <<<<CHECK IT OUT HERE >>>>

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    new week, new work, new song.

    March 19, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

    Hi there! Some interesting and varied new projects in the works, starting this week: A house, a Special shop, a theatre, a gym remodel. We’re excited!

    The Animal Shelter for the City of LA is still under construction but coming along nicely. Putting the final touches on our Doc Magic project. We should be able to post images soon. It’s looking just like the renderings.

    Happy that Westside German Shepherd is done and functioning well. You should see that soon in some magazines and papers. We’ll keep you posted of course.

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    office song this week

    March 16, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |

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    March 15, 2012 | Posted By: | FRESH AND NEW |


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