Rick served as a principal in TAP ARCHITECTURE (www.taparchitecture.com) and was with the firm from its inception over thirty years ago until retiring December 31, 2019. Rick was elevated to a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute in 2012 and previously served several years as Chair of the College of Fellows Region Ambassador Program. His architectural experience is enhanced by more than 20 years experience in the construction industry as a job superintendent and owner of various construction companies. Rick’s previous experiences as a certified professional builder, realtor, energy management specialist, and journeyman-level electrician form a broad based construction background that brings practical, real-world values and knowledge to any design team. His well rounded background and focus on Historic Preservation and rehabilitation projects yield dividends for clients, garnering numerous preservation community awards. As testament to his preservation expertise, Rick received the Lifetime Preservation Achievement Award from Preservation Oklahoma (POK) in 2019.
Awards and Achievements: Henry Adams Medal, University of Oklahoma; William Wayne Caudill Award, AIA Central Oklahoma; Past President, AIA Central Oklahoma; Director, Treasurer, and Past President, Construction Specifications Institute OKC Chapter; Past President and past Secretary and current treasurer, South Central Region Construction Specifications Institute Past President (2 terms); Advisor for the State of Oklahoma, Lutheran Church Extension Fund Architectural Advisory Committee (Executive Committee member for five years, Chair 2017); Retired Commissioner, Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission. Education: University of Oklahoma Bachelor in Environmental Design: Construction Science w/ Distinction 1976; University of Oklahoma Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction 1987. Licenses and Certifications: Retired Architect, State of Oklahoma; Retired Registered Interior Designer, State of Oklahoma; Certified Construction Specifier; Certified Construction Contract Administrator; CSI Master Format Accredited Instructor.