Architect Recognized by the Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments
Roger D. Richardson, AIA, REFP, a principal with Quinn Evans Architects, has been named 2019 Planner of the Year by the Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). The award is the highest and most distinguished honor conferred by the chapter for educational facility planning excellence.
Richardson has been engaged in the planning, design, and construction of elementary and secondary schools in Virginia for more than 45 years. As a principal with Quinn Evans Architects and formerly as a vice president with BCWH Architects, acquired by Quinn Evans in 2018, he has been a leader in educational programming, master planning, facility evaluations, and design for both public and private schools.
Richardson is a Recognized Educational Facility Planner (REFP) and a former member of the Virginia chapter of A4LE’s board of directors. His portfolio includes many award-winning educational environments, including the new Fluvanna High School, the new Powhatan High School, the renovation of the Clover Hill High School into the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Richmond, Flat Rock Elementary School in Powhatan County, and William Perry Elementary School in Waynesboro.
“Roger’s creative approach to educational facility design is the result of truly listening to the client’s needs and applying his accumulated knowledge of educational programming and delivery to the details,” says Joanne Huebner, M.Ed., REFP, interim co-director of the Literacy Institute at VCU and manager of the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center. “One of my personal favorite projects is the transformative renovation of the Clover Hill High School into the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull. Roger enthusiastically shared stories of how each space was conceived and designed, providing evidence of his collaborative approach to design and strong concern for academic and active learning as well as community connection to educational facilities.”
“Roger approaches every design problem through the eyes of the students and the experience of the educator,” says Rosalyn Schmitt, chief operating officer for Albemarle County Public Schools. “He is able to readily synthesize the ideas of others to develop creative solutions to complex problems…No matter the size of the project, the importance of the student experience and what value the space will bring to those students is at the heart of Roger’s work.”
Richardson is currently overseeing the design of the modernization of Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County, development of a new Lower School and master plan for St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond, the new Fit-4-Life Center at Henley Middle School in Albemarle County, the renewal of A.G. Wright Middle School and Garrisonville Elementary School in Stafford County, and the expansion of the All Saints Catholic School Lower School in Richmond.
In addition to A4LE, Richardson is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, the Virginia Association of School Business Officials, and the Virginia School Board Association.