Graduate Program Coordinator
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 received top awards for design. Following graduation he worked for 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 joined 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), a firm engaged in residential, commercial adaptive re-use, and commercial interior design projects that has been recognized through numerous design awards and publications.
Professor Mohler maintains that the nexus between land use, urban design, and transportation holds the key to a sustainable future. Through his own firm and with other firms and individuals he has been recognized in urban design and housing competitions in Philadelphia, Seattle and Montreal. His own house, the Flip/Flop House(s) was recognized with multiple Seattle AIA awards and named one of the top ten innovative houses of 2010 by Builder magazine. He has explored urban issues through multiple UW design studios focused on Seattle's land use code and transit oriented development (TOD) in Seattle and surrounding communities. Rick is active in civic, community and professional organizations including serving as founding co-chair of the AIA Seattle Future Shack program, which recognizes innovative housing solutions, and has served as a juror, moderator and co-chair of AIA Honor Awards programs in Seattle and elsewhere around the country. He was vice president and land use chair of the Madrona Community Council, a 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.