What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.” -Ray Eames


Originally from San Antonio, TX, Richard holds his BS in Architecture from Texas Tech, his Masters from UC Berkeley, and completed a semester with the Land Arts of the American West program. Like any good designer, all formal accomplishments are predated by a careful, self-taught mastery of LEGO construction. Drawing inspiration from artists and architects alike, Richard appreciates subtle moves and simplicity. He is developing his interests in materials, sustainability, and passive systems.  His time spent studying land art brings an appreciation for landscape as a design element, something especially important here in the Bay Area.  From a young age, Richard has been particularly interested in living spaces. Housing projects, in all forms, take the most interesting parts of architecture and combine them with the intimate qualities of everyday living. In his free time you might find him cooking, reading, going for a run, watching 30 Rock (again), or exploring the Bay Area.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture – Texas Tech University, 2011
Master of Architecture – UC Berkeley, 2015
Registered Architect, CA

Spatial Relationships, 1 of 3, Richard Klaja, New Mexico, 2011

Sun Tunnels, Nancy Holt, Utah, 1976