Ricardo Rabines, a Peruvian-born architect, co-founded the San Diego-based firm Safdie Rabines Architects along with his wife, Taal Safdie. His multi-disciplined concentrations and expertise have shaped a portfolio that includes various project types, from academic, public and civic structures to single-family residences, mixed-use housing, bridges and infrastructure, and large urban master plans.

Expressing a conviction for architecture that is fully relatable to its environs, Ricardo’s work is guided by the betterment of the public realm and optimum user experience, realized through the subtle integration of structure and the activation of interiors as natural extensions of their settings. These philosophies have produced such noteworthy projects as the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Los Angeles, the Robert Paine Scripps “Seaside” Forum in San Diego, Eleanor Roosevelt College at University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the National City Aquatic Center.

Ricardo attended architecture school at Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, and upon graduation moved to the United States where he received his Master of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career he has been an active member of the architectural community, participating in lectures, juries, and conferences locally, nationally, and internationally. With Taal, today he is actively involved in every project while leading the Safdie Rabines Architects team of 50+ architects, designers, interior designers, and support staff.

Select Projects

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  • East Village Green
  • Lincoln Acres Library by Safdie Rabines Architects
  • UCLA Student Center by Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Merge Carmel Valley by Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach, CA
  • Kafka House by Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in downtown San Diego by Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Extended Learning Building San Marcos