Aejie Rhyu is an architect and designer based in Los Angeles, California.
She has worked at international architectural design offices in LA, NY, Seoul, and the SF bay area, including SOM, Toshiko Mori Architect, and REX, where she contributed to such projects as Ordos 100 in Inner Mongolia, Museum Plaza in Louisville, and the Jeremy Hotel and LAX exterior enhancements in Los Angeles. She was most recently at Commune Design, an interior design firm with a holistic approach across the fields of interiors, architecture, branding and product design.
Her professional experience includes renovations and new construction, with projects spanning custom furniture design, to small-scale residential and hospitality design, to large-scale cultural, institutional, and commercial developments. She has had lead roles in design as well as in managing teams, in all phases of the process from concept to construction.
Projects that she has contributed to have received AIA and other design awards, and have been recognized and published internationally.
Her diverse background which includes internships at CHANEL and GEN ART, in fashion and PR in addition to architecture, has influenced her interest in design at all scales, in multiple forms, and as a means of establishing identity.
Aejie holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art History and Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is a registered architect in the states of California and New Mexico.
ARA-la Studio seeks to approach architecture and design with an open mind and across multiple scales. We like ideas and stories, details and the way things come together, and spaces that engage all the senses. We look to the past and to the future for inspiration. We are interested in idiosyncratic uses of space and things, unexpected connections, and organic discoveries. We think design should be simple, but that it should have a personality and always a point of view.