Rick Feldman, AIA, LEED® AP, BD+C joined EHDD in 1987 and has played a major role in the firm’s design of academic, student housing, museum and aquarium facilities. With a background in political science and journalism, Rick is an expert at managing complex institutional projects incorporating lots of client and community input.
One of the most significant projects he’s worked on is the Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco. Working with the client since 1998 to study their previous location and search for a new site, Rick completed the new facility this year on the Embarcadero. The new location on the San Francisco waterfront was as much about the museum’s identity and relationship with the public as the physical space. As the project manager, Rick’s work involved everything from visioning the future of the institution to working out tile patterns in the restrooms.
Rick believes the most important factor for the success of an architectural project is that the design solution is appropriate to the design problem. For a design to last, it must not only be aesthetically beautiful, but must also address the concerns of sustainability, budget and the community.