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Architecture at Large is a multi-disciplinary practice founded by Rafael de Cárdenas in 2006. Based in New York City and working globally, we provide services within design and interiors, art advisory, furniture design and brand development on commercial and residential projects.


Commercial – We offer design services for a broad range of commercial clients. Innovative luxury retail is one of the cornerstones of the business, and continues to be a significant growth area for the studio. Our boutique approach and experienced team of designers allow us to understand the unique requirements of each client and execute projects accordingly.

Residential – Working closely with real estate developers and private owners, our residential projects range from individual homes to renovations and off-plan developments. We undertake schemes from the ground up, covering design, build, finishing and interiors to create striking, immersive spaces.

Experience Design

With an emphasis on the creative direction of a project, we are responsible for some of the most innovative and talked about retail, installation and exhibition designs in recent years. Our events have included pop-up shops, store openings, product launches, parties, dinners and custom client experiences. In addition, our ability to scale a concept for different-sized activations across a global campaign means that a consistent brand message is maintained throughout.

Furniture & Object Design

Architecture at Large designs and creates bespoke furniture and objects specifically crafted for each project. We collaborate with a trusted team of skilled artisans and master craftsmen, allowing us to employ an extensive range of materials, techniques and specialist finishes for an unparalleled result.

Brand Development

We offer a full branding service that includes creative direction, identity design, packaging, printed collateral, and online presence. We create consistent and coherent communication strategies that neatly tie projects together from inception through development and completion.

Art Advisory

Architecture at Large maintains close relationships with an extensive network of leading galleries, dealers and auction houses around the world, as well as working with artists and designers directly. We offer a full art advisory service, collaborating with clients to discover their tastes and assist with curating collections. Our unique access allows us to facilitate sales and source rare works that are often unavailable on the open market.