With over forty years of diverse design, planning and management experience within the context of highly visible and critically acclaimed architecture, Mr. Hale has distinguished his career by providing leadership on uniquely creative collaborations. His areas of expertise include all facets of the design process: strategic project planning and programming; and overall project leadership and client relations. He has extensive experience in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design, Master Planning, as well as with Corporate, Entertainment, Retail, Cultural, Hospitality, Residential, and Commercial project types.
Mr. Hale joined Rios Associates, a multi-disciplinary design firm, in 2001 as a Principal, after having worked collaboratively with the firm on numerous projects over the previous ten years. In 2003 the firm changed its name to Rios Clementi Hale Studios to reflect the reorganization and new leadership of the firm. Currently we are an office of 148 individuals who work together to create singular, integrated and comprehensive solutions for a variety of design challenges.
After graduating from Tulane University in l977, Mr. Hale worked on a variety of projects in the San Francisco Bay area. He moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to attend UCLA's M.Arch II program in Urban Design, and he worked with Charles Moore on the design of a number of prize-winning competition schemes and houses. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Dean's Prize for best design thesis.
In l98l, Mr. Hale joined Frank O. Gehry and Associates. He was promoted to Senior Associate in l982 and became responsible for the operational management of the firm as well as the management of all phases of various individual projects. In l986, he was made a Principal of the firm. During his tenure there, Mr. Hale was responsible for managing the design of many of Frank Gehry's award winning projects, including: The Temporary Contemporary Museum of Contemporary Art; Loyola Law School phases II through IV; Herman Miller's Western Regional Distribution Center; the Winton Residence; 360 Newbury Street in Boston; Chiat/Day offices in LA and Toronto; the Vitra Design Museum, Factory, and Office Buildings; the Weisman Museum at the University of Minnesota; the American Center in Paris; Festival Disney at Disneyland Paris; and the competition and schematic phases of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
In l993, Mr. Hale joined with his late-wife, interior designer Anne Greenwald, to form Hale & Greenwald architecture and design. Their individual and collaborative completed work includes residential, rehabilitation, commercial, and public sector projects that have been published and exhibited in various magazines and books: LA Architect, Architectural Digest, Abitare, Interior Design, Freestyle-The New Architecture and Design in Los Angeles, and the 100x100 and New Blood, 101 exhibitions.
Mr. Hale joined Universal Studios Hollywood as its Director of Design in 1994. He directed the design of a new Main Entrance Complex, the Jurassic Park Attraction facilities, as well as numerous other attraction, retail, food and beverage, and support facilities. In 1995 he was promoted to Executive Director of Design for the Universal City Master Plan Team where he led the development of a master plan for the 415 acre Universal City and supported the entitlement efforts of the team in creating a new zoning for the property, the Universal City Specific Plan. Mr. Hale directed Universal's work with Rem Koolhaas and he led the development of corporate and infra-structural projects including a new vehicular circulation and parking entry complex, new corporate headquarters, and an underground portal for Universal City's new MTA subway station. He was named Vice-President of Design and Planning for the Universal Studios Recreation Group in 1998. In this position he led design efforts for Universal's global expansion, including the Master Planning and development of the first phase of a 2000 acre resort in Spain.
Mr. Hale has taught at U.S.C., U.N.L.V., U.C.L.A. He has lectured widely on his work, Universal City, and other topics and trends in architecture. He edited and wrote GA ARCHITECT VOLUME 10, FRANK GEHRY as well as the first volume of a complete works series yet to be published, Frank Gehry - the complete works, 1960 - 1980.