Alumni Profiles


Richard Epstein '84

Senior Architect and Urban Designer, RNL Design

Rick EpsteinWhere did you grow up?
New York

Where do you live now?
Boulder, CO

What was your senior project?
I completed a solar home design for a low income family; it was built by students the following year.

Did you go to graduate school?
Yes, I received my Master of Architecture from MIT.

What's your current job?
I am a Senior Architect/Urban Designer at RNL Design. In my job I design a variety of commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects. I am currently involved in urban design and planning in the United states and the Middle East., design and sustainability have been the mainstays of his practice. With the renowned artist Michael Singer, whom I met as an architecture student at MIT I designed the Phoenix Recycling Center as well as numerous projects at the Denver International Airport.

What do you want to make sure people know about COA?
Even though I'm in a field that can often generate negative impacts, I couldn't just do conventional work and support conventional values. Human ecology idea still runs through everything. Change is at the heart of COA and I try to bring that idea of how can you build a better world into my work.