Raul Garduño has been named Partner at architecture firm WRNS Studio. With a portfolio that includes new and updated campuses for Adobe, Intuit, and Microsoft, as well as critical buildings for UCSF and the Trust for Public Land, Raul has played a key role in helping WRNS Studio become an award-winning national practice of 130 people, with offices in San Francisco, Honolulu and New York.
Raul has been with WRNS Studio since 2005. As partner, he will use his talents help ensure that the studio’s design-first ethos and creative culture guides the firm’s exponential growth, projected at 150 by end of year.
“Raul is one of the most beautiful drawers I’ve ever known, bringing the poetry that is at the center of an authentic architecture, the sensibility that is the DNA of our firm.” – Bryan Shiles, WRNS Studio Founding Partner
Raul was influenced by the craft he found in every day life growing up in Mexico City, and the simple beauty, functionality and accessibility offered by the Latin American and European modern movements. Says Garduño, “We tend toward the reductive side of architecture at WRNS, looking for that unadorned, authentic, raw beauty that can define a space, but there’s complexity, a different kind of expressiveness that is baked in. It comes from the site, the context, the feeling, perhaps mysterious and unspoken, that we want to elicit.”
In addition to his project-based leadership, Raul is one of several WRNS Studio leaders responsible for hiring and mentoring other architects.
Recognized for sustainable, site-specific design at any scale, WRNS Studio’s staff works in creative shed-like studios across typologies: workplace, interiors, education, civic, residential, and urban mixed-use. The firm has twice been recognized with a top ten spot in Architect Magazine’s national ranking of design
firms, including number one in 2013.