By helping our clients realise their aspirations, we have built a strong reputation for the successful delivery of innovative, stimulating and responsible designs across a wide range of sectors.

As an accredited RIBA practice, professional delivery, technical performance and users’ wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do. From inception to completion, the team at Rio has the confidence and ability to draw on significant expertise across different building types, balancing flair and adventurousness tempered by rigour and restraint.

Our passion for collaborative design means that the people in our offices across the UK can combine their knowledge and skills to produce fully-integrated design solutions that are exciting, yet affordable.

Adding value is a key ingredient of Rio’s culture and forms the backbone to our service. By analysing the key aspects of a project, we can achieve best value as well as a balance between aesthetic and technical concerns. It is this focus on quality that has won the practice many prestigious awards.

 

Culture

We promote a culture where project ownership is shared and everyone is appreciated, allowing teams to work towards the common goal of delivering quality schemes whilst building long, rewarding and successful careers.

Our philosophy for “exceeding expectations” is made possible by strong cultural values - values that encourage every individual within our company to realise their potential. Our aim is for all staff to see that working for Rio is exciting, interesting and rewarding. We are driven by a creative culture that has knowledge expansion, personal expression, inclusivity and “having fun” at its core.

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Our Team

In order to ensure consistency and personal service, the same core team, with the right blend of skills, enthusiasm and knowledge, sees a project through from beginning to end.

Our strength lies in our exciting mix of motivated, highly skilled and dedicated people drawn from a range of different backgrounds. A blend of ages combines new ways of thinking with experience within a workplace environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute.

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Awards

“Rio Architects' inspiring building design sets a quality benchmark for the one-million-square-feet regenerative development of this neglected city area. Completed in March 2016 and fully let within six months, the facility raises the bar for office design in Wales and has captured the imagination of the city.”

Judges comment National RICS Awards 2017 for One Central Square

 

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2019
BCO Regional Award
BCO Finalist - Refurbished Recycled Workplace
ALUK HQ, Chepstow
RICS Wales Awards
Shortlisted - Residential Category
Bridge Street Exchange
RICS Wales Awards
Shortlisted - Commercial Category
ALUK HQ, Chepstow
RICS Wales Awards
Shortlisted - Regeneration Category
NPTCG Sixth Form Academy Hub
2018
Insider Wales Property Awards - Best Workplace Design
Category Winner
ALUK HQ, Chepstow
2017
RICS Grand Final - Commercial Property
Category Winner
One Central Square, Cardiff
BCO S.Wales & S.England - Commercial Workplace
Category Winner
One Central Square, Cardiff
RICS Wales - Commercial Property
Category Winner
One Central Square, Cardiff
RICS Wales - Tourism & Leisure
Shortlisted
The Royal Mint Experience, Llantrisant
RIBA (RSAW) Awards
Shortlisted
One Central Square, cardiff
2016
Insider Property Awards Wales
Shortlisted - Development of the Year
One Central Square, Cardiff
Insider Property Awards Wales
Shortlisted - Consultancy of the Year
Rio Architects
Cardiff Business Awards
Shortlisted - Financial & Professional Service Business of the Year
Rio Architects
2015
Wales Fast Growth 50 - 20th Year
Shortlisted - Fastest Growing Firm in Cardiff
Rio Architects
Wales Fast Growth 50 - 20th Year
Shortlisted - Fastest Growing Firm in Professional & Financial Services
Rio Architects
Insider Wales Property Awards
Category Winner - Consultancy of the Year
Rio Architects

 

We are privileged to have been shortlisted as well as receiving numerous awards and commendations for outstanding architectural and environmental design including, RIBA, RICS, BRE, BCIA, BCO, supply chain, innovation and architect of the year awards.