AIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner
Richard brings over 40 years of architecture, design and development experience to Forge. An acclaimed Bay Area architect and serial entrepreneur, Richard leads the Forge team, driving the creation and implementation of our solutions model for innovative, impactful, sustainable and affordable residential real estate development.
Throughout the course of his career, Richard has served as Executive Architect for over 500,000 square feet of built projects, managing all development activities from concept to entitlement through construction and product delivery. In addition, Richard and his firm Hannum & Associates served as architect of record for over two million square feet of corporate space for clients ranging from AT&T and Lucas Arts to Williams Sonoma.
Richard has been on the leading edge of sustainability and innovation throughout his career. In 1978, Richard served as the interior architect for 505 Sansome Street, the first “fresh air building” in the U.S. Even today, the building operates so efficiently that it was recently recertified as LEED Platinum. Similarly, Richard designed and delivered as Executive Architect, the first pre-fabricated concrete office building in Northern California, 1101 5th Avenue in San Rafael, CA. As an early LEED AP professional, his projects have looked to advance the implementation of new technologies in sustainable building practices.
Richard’s innovative efforts in architecture and development have paved the way, numerous times, for record-breaking profits. For example, Richard served as the Executive Architect for Belvedere Place, a 103,000 square foot office complex in Marin County. The project sold in November 2016 for $46.75M, or $454 psf, one of the highest prices ever paid in Marin County. Similarly, Richard served as the Design Architect for Piers 1.5, 3 & 5 in San Francisco managing the architecture and redevelopment on behalf of Pacific Waterfront Associates and CalSTERS. The award-winning $50M mixed use renovation of the Piers was sold in March 2017 for $103M or $1,250 psf, a record high for office space in San Francisco at the time.
Richard’s ongoing commitment to our community is evident in his service. As a member of the SF AIA Board of Directors, in 1990, he Co-Founded the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco, a nonprofit that places San Francisco elementary and secondary students in a mentored learning laboratory alongside architects, engineers, and other stakeholders in the real estate development and design process. He serves still on its Board of Directors. For this effort, Richard received the AIA Achievement Award in Education. Richard received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. When he’s not at work, a rare occasion, Richard can often be found sailing on the Bay.