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History of Donald S. Richardson AIA

Donald S. Richardson AIA & Assoc. was founded in Providence R.I. in 1992. The goal of the firm is to provide creative high quality design solutions to address every client’s aspirations.

Architectural Approach

Because each project calls for an individual approach, and every client has unique needs and requirements, we do not subscribe to any “signature style,” although we do hold with certain strong design principles across every project. Among these are the use of ample natural light, the cross axis of windows and doors, a natural flow of the plan, a strong sense of context of the building, and the integration and orientation of the building to its specific site. While we strive for a feeling of refined simplicity in every project, we are keen on offering a sense of surprise and spatial expansion when entering each building. No two are alike, but they all reflect a strong sense of classical design principles.

Don Richardson Bio

A graduate of RISD’s Architecture program, Don worked in Portugal and London before returning to the US and winning an NEA Grant to be Architect-in-Residence for Newport, RI.  Subsequently he was an architect at The Architects Collaborative, in Cambridge, MA, where he worked on a number of large corporate headquarters, and subsequently as one of three Architects for the Corporation at Digital Equipment Corporation. Founding his own firm in 1992, he has designed a wide range of residential and institutional projects, many of which have been published and won awards. 

In addition, Don was awarded Utility and Design patents in the Renewable energy field for Solar Canopy, LLC.

Nick Richardson Bio

Nick Richardson, a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, who studied both architectural design and industrial design, has worked for both product and architectural design firms. Nick has had a wide range of design experience including working for DSR AIA, an exhibit and installation design firm and was the head of the CAD department for an accessories design company.  He has also created a line of environmentally friendly prosthetics for developing countries that was exhibited at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as well as the Museum of Design Atlanta.


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