Rick’s experience and deep knowledge of regional plant palettes, hardscape materials and construction methods make him a valuable asset to the Phoenix office. As landscape architect and project manager, he has led several notable projects in the Southwest, including the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Safari Drive and the Scottsdale Waterfront. With SmithGroupJJR, Rick notes, “I have been able to work with some really talented designers on a wide array of challenging and relevant project types. It’s been rewarding on multiple levels.” Rick particularly enjoys the creative process of developing a theme and identity for each project that responds to the site and context. In coming years, he says, “I hope to see our disciplines even more fully integrated and more involved in restorative processes.”
Green Infrastructure, Landscape Architecture, Mixed-Use Facilities, Park Planning & Design, Project Management, Property Development, Sustainable Design, Urban Design
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
Rick is co-chair of the Community Involvement Committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Arizona Chapter. The Committee helps provide volunteer support for schools, churches and neighborhood groups looking to create or improve local amenities such as parks or gardens.