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Welcome to RD Design Team, Inc.! We, Dora Castillo and Rafael Castro, are the founding principals of RD Design Team, a vertically integrated firm that offers Architectural Home Design Services, in the Phoenix metropolitan area. We are a husband-wife team that uses a multi-faceted set of skills to create climate-appropriate and socially responsible contemporary infill and remodel projects in Phoenix. We are proud of our housing projects because we employ innovative modern design, sustainable building strategies and a social mission to improve urban neighborhoods to every single one. We have always been drawn to the clean lines of modernism and this is the style that we bring to our development projects. Our particular brand of contemporary modernism is imbued with Spanish and Mexican influences and is firmly rooted in the climate and conditions of the desert Southwest.
We graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in 1991. We had been working in the architectural field since 1988 and started our own Design Build company in 1990. A couple of years later, our love for architecture inspired a months-long trip to Europe where we attended the Universal Exposition of Seville, which became the inspiration for our architectural style – modernism with Spanish and Mexican influences. That same year in 1992, we took a leap and became developers, building our own projects financed by private developers. About six years later, Mexico underwent a terrible economic downturn, which decimated the construction industry. We set our sights on Arizona because we were fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence here and also because the climatic and geographic features were similar to what we were used to. We moved to this beautiful state and Dora earned her Arizona architect’s license. But she didn’t stop there. She also got her Arizona contractor and real estate license and we built our vertically integrated design-build and development company – RD Design Team.
We specialize in ground-up urban infill homes and remodeling of older Phoenix houses, adding a modern flair to the historic character and creating contemporary and comfortable spaces for families, couples and individuals. Because we are vertically integrated and have both the design and construction aspects in-house, we ensure that projects stay on budget and on schedule and are executed with the highest possible quality.