After renovating several of their own properties, Rachel and her husband Aaron were awarded the 2015 "Renovation of the Year Award" by New Orleans Homes & Lifestyle.  This achievement gained the duo the recognition and momentum to begin branching out into client work, both residentially and commercially.  With 10+ years of experience in architecture and construction, Rachel specializes in bringing elevated modern design to historic renovation.

Taravella Design-Build is a New Orleans based firm that offers architectural design alongside boutique construction services.  

We offer a design-led, hands-on construction process allowing for the best outcome of your project. 

Buildworks is a Miami-based design build and boutique construction firm, selecting only those projects that allow us to work with the most discerning clients, skilled craftsman and quality products lines.  Buildworks, Inc. was formed in an effort to bring superior artistry and talent to the South Florida construction industry.

Specialising in custom built residential homes, we work closely with our clients through the design and construction process. Our personalized service ensures that you are kept up to date with your project as it progresses from the design stage, through the approval process, onto the construction stage and finally to practical completion.

The control freak in us won't allow us to just let anyone build our good designs. Therefore we offer a designer-led design/build project delivery. Our construction arm, ras-a BUILD llc, will bid out the project to a team of sub-contractors, fabricators, and material suppliers and provide the construction for the project. This dynamic delivery allows the client to have a single point of contact, is efficient, and most importantly ensures a quality end product.

Alternatively, we can offer a traditional design-bid-build project delivery for those clients who have their own contractors or wish to hire a third party. We will assist the client in bidding out our design and then stay on board during construction providing observation and contract administration services

While receiving her Bachelors of Architecture from Louisiana State University, Rachel studied in various parts of the world throughout her academic career including Paris, Florence, London, and Oxford.  In addition, she was accepted into Virginia Tech's WAAC program, where she attended as a traveling student for a year's duration.  Immediately upon graduation, Rachel worked at Trahan Architects in New Orleans where she served on multiple projects in all various phases of design and construction.  Her passion for design led her to teaching opportunities at the School of Architecture at Tulane University and as a design critic for both Tulane and LSU.

In addition to her design work, Rachel is in process of launching her highly anticipated brain child, Monomin - a retail store and lifestyle brand that encapsulates her minimal approach and clean aesthetic.  

Awards & Features

Featured, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyle, 2014
Featured, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyle, 2015
Awarded, Renovation of the Year, 2015