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Ron Aguila

  • Associate

NCIDQ, San Francisco Studio

Where did you go to school?

I got an architecture degree from the University of Southern California, home of the “Fight On” Trojans.

Anything in particular you remember about school or early practice?

Hard to remember that far back. But my first job interview was on a commuter bus, sitting by chance next to a principal at HOK. And my first project assignment as a result of that interview was the Royal Terminal at the new airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was in the middle of the desert funded by obscene oil money. No budget, no context, and no restrictions other than our imaginations. Pretty cool launch for a design career.

What do you do at RMW?

I am a senior interior designer. And what I do boils down to helping our clients manage change. They come to us with spatial needs driven by shifts in business, technology, and work process. My job is to develop an expertise in their goals and become their advocate. I do this by immersing myself in their culture and applying my past experience to generate an array of choices. I try to perceive projects at all the applicable scales ranging from master planning, architecture, interiors and construction. The depth of the solution comes from these aspects, the unique character of our client, and how the project adapts over time. My process is methodological and exploratory. It reveals a sense of how spaces should work, look, and fit in their context. And it’s collaboration with my clients that realizes those sensibilities.

What do you like about the firm?

The chemistry of the people. It’s really important to be part of a culture that strives to improve and grow together. The blend of talent, support, leadership, and humor enables me to do satisfying work.

What do you do outside the firm?

My main goal is to survive my son’s teenage years. Second, is to constantly outwit our small rodent-dog from chewing up my stuff. I cope with challenges as a student of traditional Japanese karate. Nothing prepares me better for a day at the office and at home than combat at the dojo!