In service to community and profession, Richard L. von Luhrte has made our communities better places to live, work and visit. You would be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about placemaking or more committed to advancing the craft of Architecture, and we are proud to have him as a Senior Principal and Emeritus Board Member at RNL.
Rich von Luhrte is a Senior Principal and Emeritus Board Member and has spent more than 38 years of his career with RNL. Currently, his responsibilities are transitioning from active project leadership to mentorship and guidance of the next generation of RNL leaders (with the occasional challenging project or two to keep him motivated).
It’s no accident that Rich was elected into the AIA College of Fellows, the AIA’s highest honor, given to only five percent of the profession. He has spent the last 45 years planning, designing and leading projects with the goal of making communities stronger. His work on projects ranging from urban design and transportation to mixed-use urban architecture, master planning, and sustainable architecture are all marked by a strong sense of place. Rich’s designs blend historical context and classic urban design principles with a practical understanding of contemporary building function, development economics and site context. He is also a noted expert on transit-oriented development (TOD) as a remedy for urban sprawl and auto-dominated transportation systems in the redevelopment of existing communities and in new models for new community developments.
Highlights of Rich’s career thus far have been providing the original conceptual design for the 16th Street Mall in Denver and leading the team for the Net Zero LEED Platinum Research Support Facility for the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo. The NREL project netted over 40 awards, including being named most energy efficient building in the world.
Rich is also deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of Architects. He’s the current chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado and served as a National Director of the University of Michigan Alumni Association.
Outside of RNL, Rich enjoys traveling with his family and shares that his favorite adventure was cruising the canals and lakes of Holland in a 35-foot boat with best friends from Germany. And to name drop a little here, Rich attended high school with one Hillary Rodham Clinton!