Thoughtful design raises awareness.
RCDF was founded on the principle that the world informs design and in turn, design affects and enhances surroundings. Our firm counters traditional notions of building archetypes with the belief that architecture should respond to its context without replication. Our firm prefers to guide every project through all stages of development from concept through completion. With this comprehensive hands-on approach, projects move through each phase without interruption or reinterpretation to realize completed projects that have clear design logic and environmental synthesis. Because we believe that context, culture, functionality and the client’s unique relationship to a location inform every project’s design process, our goal is to create buildings and spaces that enhance both the daily experiences of its inhabitants and the environment in which it is set.
With over 30 years of professional experience and a wide and varied roster of completed projects, RCDF has the flexibility to tailor a team to any project, scale, or complexity, locally, nationally, or overseas. We recognize that as the world grows smaller, faster, and more specialized, both client and construction demands project execution at a competitive pace without sacrificing design. Whether the project is new construction, a remodel, an interior reimagining, or landscape design, we believe in open, honest communication that values the agreed upon inspiration and concept which carries through to completion.
Principal & Founder
Rogerio Carvalheiro received a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to founding RCDF Studio, he worked with Philippe Stark for SBE, with Cheryl Rowley Design, Koning and Eizenberg, and Moore Ruble Yudell. He gained considerable experience working at The J. Paul Getty Trust as a Senior Project Manager and as Senior Design Director at Catellus Development Corporation. He also has ample landscape design experience working at Burton and Spitz Landscape and Jay Griffith Landscape Design. The sum total of his resume allows Rogerio to be involved at all levels from concept to completion with each RCDF Studio project. Throughout his 30+ year career span, Rogerio remains active in the development of numerous award winning cultural, civic, commercial, residential, and hospitality projects.
At present, he serves as Chair for the City of West Hollywood’s Planning Commission and for the Planning Commission’s Design Review Subcommittee, and also serves as Chair of the Design Committee for the Foundation for The AIDS Monument slated for install in 2024. In addition to his work with his firm and civic engagements, he regularly teaches advanced design studio courses at UCLA Extension’s Architecture and Interior Design program.