Richardson Retires After 45 Year Career in Architecture
by 
Jeanine Quaglia
April 2, 2020

Roger Richardson, AIA, REFP, Expert in School Planning and Design, Retires

Quinn Evans Principal Recognized as 2019 Virginia Planner of the Year

Roger D. Richardson, AIA, REFP, a principal with Quinn Evans, has retired after an architectural career that spanned more than 45 years. He will continue to serve as principal emeritus with the firm. An award-winning professional who specialized in the planning, design, and construction of elementary and secondary schools, Richardson has been involved in the modernization, expansion, and new construction of more than 200 schools throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic during his career.

As a principal with Quinn Evans and formerly as a vice president with BCWH Architects, acquired by Quinn Evans in 2018, Richardson has been a leader in educational programming, master planning, facility evaluations, and design for both public and private schools. He was 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 presented by the chapter for educational facility planning excellence.

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.

Richardson’s most recent projects include the modernization of Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County, which was recognized with a Gold Award from the Virginia School Boards Association. He also oversaw the 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.

“We are proud of Roger’s work in enriching the learning experiences of thousands of young people through his investments in the design and construction of schools across the Commonwealth," says Charles D. Piper, AIA, LEED AP, principal and director of Quinn Evans’ Richmond office. “He always put the student first in planning learning environments. We have valued the leadership and inspiration he brought to our team over these many years.”

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 Boards Association.

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