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; exemplify a practice focused on sustainable, economical and well-crafted public design. Most recently, Richard has completed a vision plan for a 3-mile linear park and recreation path in Philadelphia, connecting many neighborhoods and cultural institutions to Fairmount Park along the historic elevated Reading Viaduct and City Branch rail lines. He is recognized as an active participant in public design advocacy as a member of as an outstanding member of the Philadelphia Community Design Collaborative for his work on the Palumbo Park Concept Plan and the Growing Minds volunteer initiative, a design build project realized in collaboration with the students of Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School in southwest Philadelphia.
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.