Richard E. (Rick) Mohler is a practicing architect, activist and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches graduate level design studios and serves as the graduate program coordinator. He received his B.A. and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania where he was recognized with top awards for outstanding design studio and master’s thesis work. Following graduation he worked for notable firms in Philadelphia and Princeton, NJ including Kelbaugh and Lee, Mitchell Giurgola and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown where he was a member of the winning competition team for the extension to the National Gallery in London.
In 1986 he relocated to Seattle to join the University of Washington architecture faculty and Olson Sundberg Architects (now Olson Kundig). In 1991, he co-founded Adams/Mohler Architects (now Mohler + Ghillino Architects). The firm, which engages in residential, commercial adaptive re-use, and commercial interior design projects, has been recognized through multiple AIA awards and numerous regional and national design publications.
Professor Mohler maintains that the nexus between residential land use, urban design, and transportation is key to a sustainable future. Through his own firm and with other firms and individuals he has collaborated on winning submittals to several urban design and housing competitions in Philadelphia, Seattle and Montreal. His own house, the Flip/Flop House(s) has been recognized by Seattle AIA’s Future Shack and Project of the Month programs and was featured on the cover of Builder magazine’s issue on housing innovation and named one of the top ten houses of 2010 by the same publication. Through teaching he has investigated these issues through multiple design studios focused on Seattle’s multifamily land use code and transit oriented development (TOD) in Seattle and surrounding jurisdictions.
Professor Mohler has been active in civic, community and professional organizations throughout his career. He is a founding co-chair of the AIA Seattle Future Shack program, which recognizes innovative solutions to single and multi-family housing, and has served as a juror, moderator and co-chair of AIA Honor Awards programs in Seattle and elsewhere around the country. He was the vice president and land use chair of the Madrona Community Council, design committee member of the Friends of McDonald School Playground and received a mayoral appointment to the Downtown Project Review Panel for Seattle’s CAP Initiative.