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Meet Rafael

Rafael A. Rodriguez has been a designer and an architect on many exclusive projects of diverse scope and size. These projects include customized homes for actors, athletes and Fortune 500 clientele, additions to Historic Residences and Renovations, including commercial and institutional projects. With 25 years of experience as a Licensed Architect, as well as an “Interior Architect,” he promotes the consistencies between the building’s exterior and the often detailed and luxurious interior to be congruent and always in harmony with the environment.

Rafael A. Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba and migrated to West New York, New Jersey. In 1986, he received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from The New York Institute of Technology, and subsequently in 1993, from The City College of New York obtained his Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree. Mr. Rodriguez’s professional career being in 1985, working for various architectural firms located in Closter, Englewood and Fort Lee, New Jersey. After he acquired his architectural license in 1996, he then moved to Miami Beach, Florida, where he began working for The Taylor and Taylor Partnership. In January 2000, Mr. Rodriguez relocated to Palm Beach, FL where he designed homes for the Smith Architectural Group.

With the opening of his own architectural firm in 2003, RAR Architect, Inc.’s, projects have expanded to custom residential projects, renovations, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation projects. Mr. Rodriguez is a keen Historic preservationist having completed a myriad of renovation of historic homes in Palm Beach, Naples, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Rodriguez has also served as an advisory for many different organizations within Palm Beach County including: The City of West Palm Beach’s Waterfront Project, the zoning revision of the Northwood Mixed Use District (NMUD), guidelines to determine mass, size and scale of homes in Historic Districts, and was a member of the City of West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Board.

Currently, Mr. Rodriguez serves as an advisory to the City of West Palm Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, and is an active board member of Northwood GREEN Life, a non-profit organization committed to promote environmental responsibility in the Northwood District of West Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Rodriguez is also an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College, where he teaches architectural courses. He resides in West Palm Beach with his wife and son.

License Number: AR0016608

News Notes:

WEST PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show kicked off at Vernissage on Thursday evening, March 4th at a private reception to view the works of 115 of the country’s top fine craft artists.

This year’s Fine Craft Show opened to the public on Friday, March 5 at the Palm Beach Convention Center. Weekend Events included guest speakers each day beginning with experts Rafael Rodriguez and Gil Walsh.

To an audience of more than 60 people Rafael Rodriguez (AIA) of RAR Architect, Inc. and Gil Walsh (ASID) of Gil Walsh Interiors, addressed the issue of “Selecting and Displaying Art Objects in Your Home.”

Using images of architectural renderings and room settings, Gil and Rafael presented a fascinating dialogue on the ways architects and interior designers should work together with the client in creating an environment beneficial to showcasing, and preserving, art objects. They demonstrated how architectural elements such as handcrafted fireplaces; wall and/or room dividers; strategically placed niches; and, ironworks staircases and doorways add interesting dimensions to the overall interior design concept while employing these time honored traditional crafts to highlight your fine art collections.

Rafael Rodriguez of RAR Architects, Inc., located in the West Palm Beach, can be reached at 561-659-3616.