Hector Rios, AIA

Director (2020-2021)

Mr. Rios started his career as an architectural draftsman for George Pearson Architects in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Under his tutelage Mr. Pearson encourage Mr. Rios to obtain his architectural degree at an accredited institution.Roger Williams University Architectural program provided a unique learning environment as well as the opportunity to work for some local offices during
summer internships.

He joined Urban Design Group in Providence, Rhode Island in 1992. He was involved in a variety of small residential and commercial projects. In 1996, he left to gain greater exposure with large scale projects by working for one of the largest architectural firms in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Consequently, he worked on several commercial developments including the Providence Mall complex in Providence, RI and a number of 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.

Has participated in a wide range of urban planning and building types, including projects involving downtown revitalization, retail, hospitality, and private sector office development. He brings to Urban Design Group 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. In 2006 Studio Rios Architecture LLC was formed with the purpose of providing individualize attention to 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.

Currently, there is a void in the local AIA chapter with regards to sole-practitioner participation. A large number of architects are sitting on the sidelines because their needs are not addressed at a small firm level. I would like to help change that situation.