Richard Moreland, AIARichard Moreland, AIA

Richard Moreland, AIA

Year Joined: 1998

Professional Registration:



Kansas State University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1980

Richard has extensive experience in educational facilities, healthcare and senior care construction, major renovation and adaptive reuse projects. He frequently travels throughout the United States, providing independent construction progress reviews and reports for financial institutions who provide construction financing for the new projects.

Richard knew he was going to be an architect when he first read about the subject at age twelve. He loves the challenge of a renovation: seamlessly adding to a building so that changes appear to have been there all along.

Best Thing about SDG:

The large variety of project types and sizes means it’s never boring.

Favorite SDG Project:

Hills New Dog Facility and the Pioneer Ridge Sub-Acute Care Unit Addition. Because the Hills building is used in research and the researchers wanted to get things “right,” the project was very “hands-on” with extensive model-building and prototype mock-ups.  The Pioneer project was a fun challenge because it was a tight site adjacent to a residential neighborhood, with numerous constraining factors to take into consideration. As the Architect in charge of the entire project, it was rewarding to come up with a design that met all of the criteria needed.

Community Service:

  • Committee Chairman and High Adventure Coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 249 in Topeka, 18 years of service to the troop and counting.
  • Instructor, Town and Country Christian Church 5-year-olds’ Bible Class, for more than 20 years

Words to Live By:

“There are two things an owner will not forgive the architect for: a roof that leaks, and poor quality hardware, because he will be reminded each day when he opens the door. So, do not take chances in those areas. Always specify good quality door hardware and roof systems that are tried and true and your clients will be happy with your services and keep coming back to you.” - Robert Marshall, Architect, Marshall, Waters & Woody

Favorite Thing to Do:

Deer hunting and downhill skiing

Something Surprising About Him:

I’ve led 11 wilderness trips of more than 50 miles - 3 backpacking treks at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, 5 canoe trips at Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, 2 canoe trips on the Current River in Missouri and 1 canoe trip down the Buffalo River in Arkansas. I enjoy introducing kids to places they can’t reach by car.

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