James Richärd, FAIA


Jim Richärd is an internationally recognized, award-winning lead designer who leverages context, materiality, and tectonics to create powerful and evocative spatial experiences. With his integrative approach to design, and a focus on civic work, he is sought out and known for inspiring projects that enrich the communities they serve – whether a global international hub or a rural neighborhood.  He has specialized expertise in the design of academic and community libraries, diplomatic campuses, and academic research buildings including laboratories.

Jim is a former president of the Arizona Chapter of the AIA, and a multi-year officer of the board. He has been the recipient of the University of Arizona Alumni of the Year, AIA Arizona Firm of the Year Award, the AIA Arizona Architect’s Medal, and an AIA Fellow. His firm has been named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and Architect 50 by Architect magazine eight times. The firm’s work has been featured in more than 30 publications.

With nearly forty years dedicated to his practice and studio in the heart of Phoenix, he has been a guest lecturer and critic for several architectural institutions as well as public owners including the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of State, where he is also an adjunct Industry Peer Advisor for State’s Industry Advisory Group. Committed to advancing the practice of architecture and realizing its profound impact on the imagination and human spirit, Jim remains engaged in mentorship and advocacy in his home state of Arizona and internationally.


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona | 1985

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects US Green Building Council American Library Association Arizona Library Association Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Arizona Pilots Association