Riff Studio grew out of a support system formed between three design students in 2017: Rekha Auguste Nelson, Isabel Strauss, and Farnoosh Rafaie.



Our practice is a process - of riffing. Each of us brings an expertise outside of traditional design practice: building construction, historical research, and architectural pedagogy, respectively.

Our designs are riffs produced from dialogues between these distinct realms, as we contemplate the future of housing.

Our official founding follows years of collaboration - in architecture competitions, exhibition design, model making, and teaching practice.

Within Riff, we leverage the technical knowledge and skills garnered through set building, furniture making, digital fabrication, and construction management.

Riff Studio was formally incorporated in 2021, amidst a nationwide reexamination of alternatives to pre-pandemic housing paradigms.









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