April 19, 2016


Richard Houston joined the HKS Los Angeles office as a vice president and project director. With more than 35 years of architectural experience, his background includes serving as managing director and associate principal at Morris Architects and co-managing director at KMD Architects.

Richard’s career has allowed him to lead large, complex healthcare and institutional projects, serving as project manager for clients such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles Unified School District, University of Southern California and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. 

With multiple AIA awarded projects and a publication on seismic solutions, Houston possesses not only the technical knowledge to lead design teams on elaborate large-scale work, but also the design experience to help projects receive industry recognition. 

“As architects, we listen to and address our clients’ needs,” Houston said. “We then provide the creativity to deliver an innovative, functional, cost-effective and sustainable project solution working with a team of passionate individuals.” 

The son of an electrical contractor, Houston grew up observing construction and building sites with his father. He knew at an early age he wanted to build things, but not get his hands too dirty, so he pursued architecture. “For me, healthcare architecture is such a passion because we’re transcending design and construction,” Houston explained. “We are building places to make people well.” 

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $83 billion in more than 1,742 cities located in 88 countries. The firm’s celebrated health architecture experience includes over 3,500 unique projects representing 157,000 beds, 367 million square feet and 248 design awards. HKS operates from 25 offices worldwide. For more information, contact Mandy Flynn at mflynn@hksinc.com.

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