Richard attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, and received his Bachelor of Science with High Honor in 1983, a Certificate in Energy Studies in 1983, and a Master of Architecture degree in 1985.

Richard's academic studies focused on emerging technologies for energy efficiency, including super-insulated building envelopes, active and passive solar design, and computer simulation of building energy performance, pre-dating today's "green design" movement by more than 20 years. Through continuing education, Richard stays informed of sustainable materials and techniques that can save homeowners money and contribute to a healthier environment.

Richard believes that the design process, especially with residential design, should be a collaborative effort with the client. He stresses open communication and listens carefully to his clients to develop a comprehensive understanding of their project objectives and their budget expectations.

Richard's focus on sustainable architecture, his emphasis on neighborhood context, and his interest in both traditional and contemporary design theory, serve as the basis of his design philosophy. A house should be welcoming and comfortable to its occupants, but it is just as important that the structure itself be comfortable within its surroundings.

This design philosophy has won Richard accolades from his clients and from architectural review boards, as well as several awards from local historic commissions.

In addition to design services and construction oversight, Richard assists clients in resolving the issues that are often inherent with residential design and construction on smaller, intown lots. Design services often include assistance with architectural review board submittals, zoning variances, and historic preservation commission approvals.