Richard Allen

Richard Allen

Severna Park, MD, US



     My responsibilities typically include design, construction documents, model building, rendering, permitting, estimation, and construction management. I typically work independently and am comfortable overseeing junior level designers.

     I have been working full time in Architectural Design since 1998. As a life long fine artist with a concentration in sculpture and painting, I was recruited from the art department of FAU in 1998 by the wildly talented Leslie Huddleston, who trained me for eight years in the ancient art of traditional hand drawn rendering on a drafting table- creating 3D views and floor plans to be used in advertising. This type of work can be seen in the "Hand Drawn Renderings" section of my website, below.!projects/vstc3=hand-draw

     Following that, I spent five years with a small architectural firm in Baltimore, acting as the head draftsman. The majority of projects there involved creating construction documents and design proposals for new custom homes, countless row home gut rehabs, master suite/ garage additions, and some light commercial work. For the three years following that I was the designer and estimator for a general contracting company in Severna Park doing similar types of work. Since 2014, I have been employed as an Intern Architect, and am currently a full time graduate student at Morgan State University, studying Architecture.

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and see my portfolio and resume:


Speight Studio Architects, Severna Park, MD, US, Intern Architect

•Construction documents
•design development
•site analysis
•Architectural model building

Mar 2014 - current

Allen Art Designs, Baltimore, MD, US, freelance architectural draftsman and renderer

•Construction documents
•design development
•computer & hand drawn renderings
•Client acquisition and small business management

Mar 2001 - current

Arvida Realty, Delray Beach, FL, US, Realtor (buyer's agent)

•Currently licensed in Florida, passive involvement with family business
•acquired licenses in Florida (1997) and in Maryland (1994)

Jan 1994 - current

Huddleston Art Studios, Boca Raton, FL, US, Architectural Renderer, Graphic Designer

•Draftsman and Renderer
•Create renderings, floor plans, community plans, site plans, and advertisements- all using hand drafting & Photoshop
•Published in real estate sales periodicals, newspapers, and magazines

Jan 1997 - Jan 2017

JNJ CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS INC., Severna Park, MD, US, Head Designer, Construction Manager, Estimator

•Architectural Designer duties:
-Site visits, creation of existing condition drawings and documents
-Process of design development with client meetings and presentations
-Creation of construction drawings
-Creation and assembly of other documents to create complete construction documents
-Submittal of construction documents to City
-Follow up and satisfy any requests for additional information by the City

•Estimator/ CM duties:
-Maintain contact with prospective clients, create leads and work provided leads
-Create preliminary proposals, then create material take off and official proposal
-Create contract documents from material take off and proposal
-Process material ordering and coordination
-Handle client and subcontractor disputes

Aug 2011 - Apr 2014

BC Architectural Designs, Baltimore, MD, US, Head Designer

•Lead CAD draftsman for a small firm
-Create construction documents and proposals
-Manage projects, delegate tasks and oversee other draftsman
-Work independently with minimal input from the head architect

•Projects included:
-gut-rehab row homes, additions, high end new homes and light commercial
-Perform site visits to measure and document the existing conditions
-Create existing structures precisely in a 3-D CAD environment
-Create presentations for the head architect and client, consisting of floor plans, 3D views of each floor, special features, and several overhead or outside views

Sep 2006 - Aug 2011

Chesapeake Architectural Fabrication, Annapolis, MD, US, Welder, Draftsman/ Designer

•Fabricate high end yacht & sailboat components (Annapolis)
-peak experience included designing, creating, then installing glass and polished steel handrail system for the Swedish Embassy
•Create shop drawings, became involved the whole cycle of production

•Fabricate heavy industrial stairs, beams, etc. (DC, with Milestone Tarant)

Jan 2004 - Jan 2006


Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, US, MArch, Architecture

•Currently a full time graduate student
-Expected graduation in 2018, Master of Architecture
-current: 30 graduate level credits earned out of 67 required total (37 remaining)

Sep 2015 - current

Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, US, Architecture

•Architecture and Construction Management
-currently processing graduation for Associate Degree of Architecture
-institution total: 118 undergrad credits (204 total undergrad credits)

Sep 2005 - Dec 2016

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, US, Bachelors, Fine Art, Psychology & Architecture

•Concentration in Fine Art and Psychology
-institution total: 86 undergrad credits
•Featured artwork in several student shows

Jan 1997 - Aug 2011

Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, US, Fine Art, Psychology & Architecture

Fine art and psychology

Jan 1994 - May 1996

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