New Managing Principal Joins HDR’s Houston Architecture Office

 HDR welcomes Richard Harris, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, to the Houston office as a managing principal. In his role, Rick will provide strategic vision, leadership, inspiration, and client development while leading operations, championing design excellence and building business.   He will also oversee the expansion and growth of HDR’s presence in Houston and the surrounding region.

“I’m so pleased to welcome Rick to the HDR team,” says Heidi Higgason, senior vice president. “Rick’s reputation for commitment and contributions to Houston and to the A/E industry precede him. He has strong relationships and respect for our partners and clients, and I believe he is uniquely qualified to lead our strong Houston team. I’m looking forward to HDR’s future in Houston under Rick’s leadership.”

With over 30 years of work experience in Houston, Rick has dedicated his career to healthcare and science architecture. One of his biggest accomplishments was successfully leading the MD Anderson Cancer Center Mays Clinic project. As the first clinical care building physically transferred from the main campus, the building features innovative concepts in both flexibility and adaptability.

Rick prides himself on establishing strong, respectful relationships with everyone with whom he works. He says he regularly exercises the ability to view situations from “the other side of the table,” allowing him insight into developing win-win solutions for complex issues. He believes that successful complex architecture creates environments that inspire, simplify, and clarify. 

Rick holds a bachelors degree in architecture from Texas Tech University.