Founding Partner

For Yohandel Ruiz, LEED AP, IIDA, NCIDQ, an empty space is not a scary thing. Instead, Yohandel,  a Studio DADO founding partner, revels in the idea of creating a story that gives the space both meaning and a unique, functional allure.

With an undergraduate degree in interior architecture from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, Yohandel is a skilled designer with outstanding research and conceptualizing abilities. His designs are labors of love and reflect the energy, sense of creativity and joy he brings to each one.

In his more than twenty years of experience, Yohandel’s penchant for design has sent him to China to design the Midea VIP & Golf Clubhouse in Foshan, Guangdong, led him to create an exclusive furniture line for Cumberland Furniture, and opened doors for start-to-finish hospitality-based projects, such as the Regent Explorer’s Pacific Rim Restaurant.

As a seasoned designer, Yohandel considers himself a creative conduit through whom his clients express their design requirements, and Studio DADO as the space where he has the freedom, support and resources to refine concepts and designs that meet their demands.

As a native Miamian, Yohandel speaks fluent Spanish and has inherited from his family a love for all things Latin. Yohandel also enjoys photography, foreign films, and gardening, and is an ardent supporter of local arts and artisans.