Rick was born in Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1993. In 1996, he graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master of Architecture degree. Rick then worked for Boston-area firms William Rawn Associates and Kao Design Group. In 1999, he joined Perry Dean Rogers | Partners Architects, where he went on to become an associate (2002), senior associate (2005), and Director of Sustainable Design (2006). While with PDR|P Architects, Rick was the project director for several award winning projects, such as 60 Oxford Street at Harvard University, the Wise Campus Center at Norwich University, the J.B. Hunt Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Arkansas, and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
In April 2011, Rick launched Jones Architecture in Salem, MA. With this new venture, he has been able to build upon his expertise in planning and design for higher education, and is currently working on projects with Norwich University, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, and Boston Trinity Academy. This academic portfolio is complemented by residential projects of varying scales scattered across the north shore and western suburbs of Boston.
Over the past decade, Rick has spoken regularly at professional conferences and universities on two major research topics – planning for learning environments and intention in construction detailing and its impact on sustainable design. These venues have included SCUP regional and international conferences, AIA national conventions, ERAPPA regional conferences, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Build Boston, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Learning Expo, EnvironDesign, and the University of Kentucky.
In 2012, Rick joined the Northeastern University School of Architecture as adjunct faculty, and taught Comprehensive Design Studio and a lecture course in Tectonics. In 2013, Rick returns as a studio critic for Comprehensive Design, and is teaching the accompanying lecture course, Integrated Building Systems.
Integrated Building Systems