Richard W. Jennings, DDes, FAIA, NCARB, teaches managing design projects, professional practice, and design firm leadership graduate and undergraduate courses at the School of Architecture. He previously taught similar courses at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Formerly a Senior Consultant with a New York investment banking firm, he currently provides advisory services to architecture and engineering firms in the areas of leadership and management, marketing, ownership transition, and mergers and acquisitions. He has more than 30 years of professional practice experience leading design firms and the design and construction of large-scale commercial, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. He was a co-founder, managing principal, president, and CEO of a nationally-operating architecture and planning firm, and a principal and director of the architecture and technical services division of a global architecture, engineering and construction management firm. He also taught the Professional Practice course at the Rice University School of Architecture.
A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he holds the National Council of Architectural Boards (NCARB) certificate and is registered to practice architecture in multiple states. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, the American Planning Association, and is a director of the Charles Moore Foundation. He was a founding member of the Integrated Practice and Infrastructure Sustainability research initiatives at Harvard University where he developed case studies and contributed to the research and writing of "Infrastructure Sustainability and Design" published by Routledge.
He holds Doctor of Design (DDes) and Master of Design Studies (MDes) with Distinction degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he received the Dimitris Pikionis Award for highest academic achievement. He also holds Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science degrees.