Senior Project Manager​

What steered you towards architecture?

"It's the only thing I ever wanted to do. When I was young, the newspaper had a feature every Sunday called "House of the Week" that gave a plan, rendering, and short description of each home. I used to study the plans and redraw them, always attempting to make improvements. I also took mechanical drawing classes in high school, which was as close as I could get to architectural drawing, and became really good at drawing machine parts!"

What is your favorite food?

"If I had to pick only one, it would probably be a big, juicy bacon cheeseburger, nature’s most perfect food. Other favorites would include Shrimp & Grits from the Magnolia restaurant in Charleston, Moose Drool beer from Montana, ribs, tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches, my mom’s macaroni and cheese, my wife’s Halushki (cabbage and noodles) and my chili."

PAST: As a Roanoke native, Richard graduated from Northside High School and went on to study at the University of Virginia. In 1992, he founded Rife + Wood Architects, which was acquired by IDG, in 2017, where he now works as a Senior Project Manager. During his time at Rife + Wood, Richard directed the design of numerous landmarks buildings in the Roanoke Valley including Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools and stadiums; Lucy Addison, Woodrow Wilson and Breckinridge Middle Schools. His experience also includes the Vinton War Memorial, Fitzpatrick Hall at the Jefferson Center, the Kirk and Gainsboro YMCAs, and the Grandin Theatre. 

WORK: High quality customer service is the cornerstone that Richard builds all of his projects around. He provides clients with personalized service to produce timeless, functional, and cost-effective designs all while being respectful of their time and budgets. 

PLAY: When he’s away from the office, Richard enjoys being outside and has an affinity for growing heirloom vegetables, and spending time on various rivers fly fishing. He also enjoys reading a good mystery and traveling with his wife Luanne to major league baseball stadiums and national parks.