ras-a studio 

  • Phone

    310-937-1760

  • Address

    2507 W. 190th St., Redondo Beach

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    ras-a.studio
    @ras_a.studio

  • Project photographed by

    Joe Fletcher

  • Special Section

    Design Showcase

Describe the featured project.

Nestled in a hillside overlooking Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes is the Parker residence, originally built in 1964 by architect Foster Rhodes Jackson—a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. The project brief was to give the home a sensitive update while preserving the original architectural language and showcasing the home’s incredible hillside perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

Its original cubist form provides the framework for the project, which consists of strategic interior and exterior interventions. Through a series of cut and fill moves, additional square footage was discretely added without changing the scale of the home. The kitchen was expanded and a dining area added by filling in an underutilized rear patio. An existing crawl space was dug out and converted into a new study. The previously compartmentalized upper level was opened up, maximizing the views of the Pacific.  

Constrained by zoning height limitations, the existing roof plate is punctured with a series of oversized skylight wells, which add volume and natural light throughout and act as quasi thermal chimneys, assisting in passively cooling the home.

A new pool and outdoor spaces are built into the front hillside, situated to integrate with the original entry sequence. Landscaping with native and regionally appropriate plants ties the home together with the surrounding natural context.

Tell us about your business.

We are a boutique design-build studio that believes in good design and getting our hands dirty. With a multidisciplinary team of architects, designers and contractors, we provide complete services—taking a project from conception through construction. 


How did you get your start?

At a small architecture firm in Beverly Hills 20 years ago. Wanting to be closer to the beach, I then went on to work at Dean Nota Architect in Hermosa for about seven years before eventually branching out on my own.


How much of your job is actually solving clients’ problems? 

We look at every project as a problem to solve and come up with a specific solution to that problem. The end product is a holistic result deriving from the site (physical constraints, existing structures, zoning, sunlight, etc.), the client’s program, budget and the context or locale of the project.


Project photographed by Joe Fletcher  |  Team shot by Siri Berting