Richard Ruiz

Richard Ruiz

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Architecturally-trained designer specializing in experiential design, prototyping and digital/analog fabrication of installations, live events and other memorable highlights of the collective human condition known as life.


VT Pro Design, Eagle Rock, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Assists with RFPs, design development, site plans and construction documents for various live events.

Previous completed projects include:

Gore Medical VEITH Conference 2016 in New York City
Sony Lost in Music 2017
Nike Air Max Day Sneakeasy in Los Angeles
D.R.A.M. Performance at Coachella 2017 (Visual Content)
American Express Photobooth at Coachella 2017
Mr. Carmack Performance at Electric Daisy Carnival 2017 (Visual Content)
Blade Runner 2049 Experience at Comicon 2017

Sep 2016 - current

Vita Motus Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Assisted with Conceptual Design, Design Development and Schematic Design for Music Festivals.

Previous projects include:

Bass Pod Stage at Electric Daisy Carnival 2016
Tripolee Stage at Electric Forest 2016
Woogie Stage at Woogie Weekend 2016
Fringe Stage at Symbiosis Gathering 2016
Eclipse Stage at Oregon Eclipse 2017

Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

Vita Motus Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Assisted with Conceptual Design, Design Development and Schematic Design for Music Festivals.

Mar 2016 - Jun 2016

The Do Lab, Los Angeles, CA, US, Build Team Member

As a stage hand, assisted with building stages for Do Lab Live events.

Previous Events include:
Lightning in a Bottle 2014/2015
Woogie Weekend 2015

May 2014 - May 2015


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Westwood, CA, US, MArch, M.Arch I

Sep 2013 - Jun 2016

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Science, City and Regional Planning

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010


Composites in Architectural Design Competition 2016, Skin & Bones, Honorable Mention

UCLA A.UD students under the direction of Lecturer Julia Koerner submitted ideas for composite facades, developed within the Technology Seminar "Animated Fibers" (Winter 2016). Inspired by advanced fiberglass infusion techniques within the wind blade industry, the studio researched composite fabrication of “mega-panels” while integrating robotic technology to fabricate panels without a mold.

The Architectural Division, a committee of the American Composites Manufacturing Association Composites Growth initiative, invited A.UD along with other selected institutions to participate in the first COMPOSITES DESIGN CHALLENGE for architecture students. The challenge invites students to engage in a material investigation focused on novel means of integration of composite constructions into architectural production.

ACMA asked the student teams to consider the development of an architectural/ building component or assembly that operates in a systemic way. The teams were free to imagine and interpret uses that can range from the banal to the extraordinary. In addition to the unlimited formal possibilities that the plasticity allows for, strong integration with other more normative building Systems is expected.

The ambition is to work with robotic fabrication technique, using motion to create 3 dimensional fiberglass “mega panels”; to use the robots as a precision and time based tool and motion actuator for variability between the individual prototypes.


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