Rafael’s work combines expertise in the technical aspects of fabrication and construction documentation with a passion for the value of graphics and modeling in communicating with clients. An advocate for ideas-based design, he seeks to create architecture that improves the experience of users, particularly through material components and responses to social and urban networks.
Favorite Duda|Paine project?
In terms of built work, the Duke Faculty Club, mostly for its material selection and use of rhythm to achieve a texture along the sites entrance. Plaza Country is un-built, but it contains successful formal decision and reacts nicely to its urban context, blending the pedestrian and transit networks.
What attracted you to the design field?
The social impact we can have as designers in altering networks and how people interact with each other. And our ability to influence users through the design process, whether by framing a view with a window or redefining a public space by adding or subtracting elements.
What aspect of your job are you the most interested in?
One of my biggest passions is graphic and physical representation of projects. As a designer my goal is to create a clear and concise idea for the client.