Richard J Levy, AIA, APA

Richard J Levy, AIA, APA

Los Angeles, CA, US



As an owner’s and store representative, construction manager and design manager, I was consistently tapped to overcome obstacles, mitigate claims, improve quality control, and cut costs, moving projects and production forward. Standardized/streamlined procedures, and implemented Best Practices to drive process improvements.

I managed a wide-range of projects in the private/public sector including specialty retail stores, hotels, offices, theatres/concert halls, themed media/entertainment centers, mansions, multi-unit residential condominiums, urban renewal, adaptive re-use, colleges, hospitals, schools, historic preservation and rehabilitation projects.


Richard J Levy, AIA, APA-NCARB Certified Consulting Architect, Los Angeles, CA, US, Principal

Overcame obstructions to Budget Modification process. Design Review and Budget Modification processes for LAUSD projects were delayed in getting approvals. Met with key individuals to determine and resolve issues. Increased number of contracts issued monthly 33%, ensuring Owner complied with program requirements.

Cleaned up Contract Documents, reducing claims. As contractor’s consultant, provided expertise in pre-qualification/bidding to get Architect’s 75%-completed documentation through review. Prepared and negotiated contracts/proposals. Performed Value Engineering/Constructability Reviews, leading to 27% reduction in claims.

Reduced company’s risks/costs up to $2.5M. Managers for high-end commercial mixed-use project, Plaza at the Arboretum, were unable to organize sub-contractors, complete buyouts, or obtain responses for RFI’s. Consulting for HNTB, evaluated and turned around management, ensuring movement on projects and eliminating extra costs.

Managed Consulting Design Team on Hospital Code upgrades. Oversaw Consulting Design Team to provide Hospital Code upgrades on projects for URS client, L.A. County DPW. Worked with design team to improve processing through OSHPD. Enabled A/E Design Team to move projects forward, increasing efficiency 37%.

Established guidelines for bond fund utilization. L.A. Valley College contracted with URS to assist in defining scope of projects for use of State Bond funds. Set guidelines for multi-site/multi-funding sources, capital improvements, and modernization program. Mentored mid-level managers and increased project production 23%.

Jul 2006 - current

HNTB, Los Angeles, CA, US, Sr. Project Manager / Program Director

Developed control methods for $280M modernization of Early Childhood Education Center and $25M Adult/Community Education Center. Expedited budget modification process for $1.4B Modernization Program in LAUSD. Managed 18-25 staff.

Mar 2000 - Jul 2006


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, BArch

Photographic Presentation of Design ideas in lieu of Plans, Sections, Elevations, and a Model.
Internship with Julius Shulman

Jan 1978 - Dec 1978

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, BArch, BArch

Technical Design
Project Management
Construction Administration
Structural Design
Environmental Control System
Solar Design
Wood Architecture
Fine Art Architectural Photography

Sep 1972 - Dec 1977


APA and LAUSD, Award

2010 APA National Merit Award

2006 LAUSD Certificate of Appreciation, Locke ECED

2006 LAUSD Certificate of Appreciation, Measure K ECED

2000-2009 Community Service Award, Los Angeles Downtown City Hall, Green Building of America


Areas of Specialization