Charlotte Architecture Office Welcomes New Managing Principal Richard Alsop

James Richard Alsop, III, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is the new Managing Principal of our Charlotte, North Carolina architecture practice. Richard will complement the strong team in the Charlotte office, leading them toward a vision of increasing our firm’s visibility in the local community, growing our healthcare market share throughout the Carolinas and strategically expanding into other markets.

With inherent leadership abilities from the start, in 1997 Richard became founding president of Studio 9, Incorporated, a Charlotte-based firm specializing in remodeling projects across the southeastern U.S. He went on to became a founding member and director of design for Charette Architects, PLLC in Charlotte, where he led a wide variety of project types. In 2009, Richard relocated to Springfield, Illinois, where he was honored to be named Architect of the Capitol, Executive Director and Chief Architect for the State of Illinois. Richard’s experience overseeing the Illinois Capitol Complex—where he provided leadership in a high profile, complex environment and managed a capital budget in excess of $300 million—along with his entrepreneurial development of local Charlotte firms, have uniquely prepared him to lead the Charlotte office to a great future, noted Heidi Higgason, Director of Operations for the southern region.

“From our first meeting, it was evident that Richard’s values align closely with HDR's,” Higgason, commented. “One way that he exemplifies HDR's values is in his personal commitment to the industry and to his local community. Prior to relocating to Illinois, Richard sat on the AIA Board of Directors and served as chairman of the AIA Leadership Advisory Council as well as chairman of the Design Review Committee for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. He continues to be an active member of numerous AIA committees and serves as a studio projects sponsor and graduate level visiting juror for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture as well as advisory council member and visiting juror for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte School of Architecture.”

Born and raised in Charlotte, Richard earned his Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 1996, and in 2001 earned his Master’s in Design Studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with Distinction.