Coffee Talk with Ryan Richards, AIA
Title at your architecture firm: Partner at RG Architects, P.A
Briefly describe your role at the firm: Project and client management for select projects. Team player and quality control for projects executed by others.
What’s the one problem you love solving for your clients? Why? Space management. It is most satisfying showing a client the potential of otherwise mundane spaces.
How is your work making a difference for your clients? We meet our clients’ needs in an inspired and effective way allowing them to focus on their business model at hand.
What project or activities at the firm are you most proud of being part of, and why? Our community involvement and culture of giving back. We are all in this for the long haul.
What inspires your work? The simple desire to transform the spaces around us into the spaces we want to be in.
How long have you been doing what you do? 20 years (okay 21)
What sparked your interest in architecture? Childhood dreams and toys
Where did you study architecture? University of Miami, LEED AP,
What do you wish people understood about being an architect? Real design takes considerable thought and time.
Where do you find inspiration for your work as an architect? The successes and failure of those before us.
What skill or talent do you possess that makes you particularly good at what you do? The ability to think clearly and be level headed in the face of advisersity.
What surprises people about you? (little-known talent, personal interests or activities, etc.): I don’t play in a band.
Anything else you'd like to add? For example, professional recognition or activities, or personal activities, life outside work.
Current and past AIA Florida Southwest Chapter President
Chair, Lee county school district Construction Advisory Committee.
Member, Career Advisory Board for North Fort Myers and Dunbar High Schools.
Volunteer for Architects in Education, North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts