Who We Are

Olaya Studio is a design firm headquartered in West Philadelphia since 2006.  Our geographic and cultural backgrounds, coupled with an intimate knowledge of the region, give us a unique perspective for creating urban, architectural and interior designs that are both unabashedly contemporary and deeply rooted in their context.  We provide a full range of design services to commercial, university and institutional clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.  We are an original firm… as diverse and unique as our wide range of clients and project types.

What We Do

Olaya Studio strives to create beautiful spaces and buildings that reflect the best of contemporary society. We fill our designs with life, passion, and excitement through the thoughtful and playful use of light, space, and materials.  Our design process draws inspiration from the beauty of the natural environment as well as forward-looking technologies. We involve our clients in the design process from conceptualization through occupancy, listening to and learning from their desires, concerns, motivations, and goals. 

What Sets us Apart

Olaya Studio is made up of consummate optimists that continually ask; “why are we proceeding in this direction”, and “how can we build it more beautifully or more sustainable”?  We are a flexible and responsive team that through collaboration, understands and synthesizes our clients’ needs. We thoughtfully interpret and creatively translate complex situations within tight budgets and challenging conditions into successful designs. Our continually growing list of projects and clients, of which we are extremely proud of, illustrate best what sets us apart.

Richard Olaya and his team at Olaya Studio took a building whose interior looked something like a run-down Cold War era high school and planned a transformation that is nothing short of extraordinary.
— James D. Herbert, Ph.D. Professor and Head, Department of Psychology - Drexel University