About Us


Core Beliefs

Collaboration is at the heart of the design process.

Design can be both functional and beautiful.

Design is a force of change.


What we do

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Visitor circulation programming and gallery layout using detailed floor plans, elevations, and models

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Design of an overall look and feel of an exhibition, production material specification, and preparation of production-ready files for a variety of formats, including exhibition graphics, and printed collateral

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Custom stand alone artwork or for graphics, including map design, lettering, image editing, and creation of atmospheric artwork


Design from the heart.

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Owned and operated by Rina Alfonso Osawa, Studio Aorta is an exhibition and graphic design studio that provides clients with thoughtful and artistic design by bringing a personal, individualized process to each project. 

Rina graduated from the Corcoran College of Art+Design (now a part of George Washington University) with a Master of Arts in Exhibition Design. She has over seven years of professional design experience and is based in the Washington, D.C. metro area.  


Selected projects prior to Studio Aorta

Architecture of An Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852–2017 (National Building Museum, The Design Minds)
75 Years / 75 Objects (Dumbarton Oaks)
Drink and Prosper (Dumbarton Oaks)
National Civil Rights Museum (Howard+Revis Design)
Contrabands and Freedmen's Cemetery (Howard+Revis Design)
Luray Train Depot and Visitor's Center (Howard+Revis Design)
The First Ladies (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
Have You Heard the One About...? The Phyllis Diller Gag File (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
Collecting History: 125 Years of the National Philatelic Collection (Smithsonian National Postal Museum)

Awards and Recognition

PRINT Regional Design Awards
American Alliance of Museums PubComp

Professional Affilations

American Association of Museums (AAM)
AIGA The Professional Organization for Design
International Council of Museums (ICOM)


For an expanded portfolio, please email info@studioaorta.com

Photography by Thomas Rossmeissl