Rick Archer is a founding principal with extensive experience leading complex institutional projects. He is a gifted designer whose work has been recognized with numerous awards for their sensitivity and beauty. His discipline and creativity help him excel at the collaborative process, and he is known for drawing out the best from his teams and clients. He is an outstanding Alumni of the University of Texas where he graduated as the Valedictorian.
Rick served as principal-in-charge on numerous projects including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, a project which has received international acclaim for its sustainable design features, including an extensive rainwater harvesting system. He has also served as principal-in-charge on four projects for the University of Texas as Austin, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and numerous other commercial and institutional projects. Rick has led the design of The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center and Haven for Hope Transformational Campus, two homeless centers that have been recognized for the radical new approach to how we design spaces and care for our most disenfranchised members of society.
Prior to forming Overland Partners, Rick worked with Shalom Baranes Associates, Arthur Cotton Moore Associates and Martin & Jones Architects, all in Washington, D.C.
Rick received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he was recognized for his academic achievements, service and leadership. He has continued his involvement with the University, serving on the Executive council of the Alumni Association, the Centennial Commission and the School of Architecture Advisory Council. He is a Leed Accredited Professional and a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Rick is married to Carol Kelly Archer and they have five children.