Richard Roark’s work spans a range of scales and typologies, focused on expanding the civic capacity of the landscape. Projects such as the Presidential Sustainability Initiative: Rebuild by Design, the new U.S. Embassy in London; Dilworth Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles River Index in Los Angeles County, California; exemplify a practice focused on sustainable, economical, and well-crafted public design. Most recently, Richard has completed a strategic plan for the Eastern Market of Detroit - an economic development plan linking open space and urban design to social equity. Richard serves on the board for Studio Ludo, an innovative play research non-profit, and regulary provides pro bono design services through Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative.
Richard began his studies in landscape architecture at Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design and then a Master of Landscape Architecture. He first joined OLIN in 2001 upon receiving his Master of Community Planning. He has served as an invited guest juror at Arizona State University, Auburn University, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania, and is a past member of Auburn University’s Landscape Advisory Council.