In 1985, the architect Alan Ritchie, a principal of Philip Johnson/ Alan Ritchie Architects, and New York designer Rosa Helena Hurtado merged their unique talents to form Ritchie/Hurtado Design, Inc. The firm was conceived as a creative partnership to offer clients architectural design enhanced by expertise in fine finishes, furniture/fabric selection and unparalleled attention to the myriad of details necessary to produce exquisite interiors.
“Our goal,” states Alan Ritchie, “is to integrate architecture, a three-dimensional discipline that focuses on master planning and overall spatial design, with the sensitive quality of details, finishes and resources that are needed to transform a raw or undistinguished space into a beautiful and functional living and working environment.” The boutique firm prides itself on offering prospective clients a seamless transition from overall design to finished project by drawing on the complementary talents of architect and designer.
The firm specializes in two design fields. The “high-end” residential design market. The roll of the firm in this field encompasses space planning, renovation, supervision and selection of all finishing details and furnishings. The partners are adept at working in traditional and contemporary idioms. Every finishing choice is customized to the clients’ needs and great care is taken to assure that execution of each design phase proceeds in a timely and professional manner.
Ritchie/Hurtado Design, Inc. also offers interior design consultation to architectural firms on commercial and hospitality work for small and medium-scale design projects. These services include working on the interior space planning, selecting furnishings, finishes, and accessories, providing complete specifications and supervising installations. The gamut of completed projects has spanned office and residential lobbies, executive suites, specialty recording studios, performing arts centers and museums.
Client satisfaction is a paramount goal of the firm and a long list of high profile clients, both past and current, attest to the success of the Ritchie/Hurtado organization. Together the partners exemplify a rare artistic sensibility coupled with a great sense of style and appreciation for luxury detail.