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Carol Richard

Carol Richard
Partner & Architect
Richard Wittschiebe Hand

3730 Ross Street
Madison, WI 53705

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Architecture and Construction

As a registered architect, registered interior designer and LEED accredited professional and founder of her firm, Carol brings a wide range of abilities and understanding to her projects. She has been a part of all phases of design, project and consultant coordination, construction documents, and contract administration for commercial and residential projects for over thirty years. As founder of the firm, she continues to find opportunities to grow her practice and meet her client’s needs through a variety of design services and market areas. In addition to her architectural experience, Carol has led the firm in technological advances to better serve her clients. The firm first experimented with three-dimensional building modeling in 1989. Since then, the firm has served as a local leader in the use of Building Information Modeling software. Carol continues to find new ways technology can be harnessed to inform design decisions, including building energy analysis. Sustainability has been one of Carol’s core values and it has permeated the firm’s culture and practices from in-house training to the support of clean commuting. She now serves on the steering committee for the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance. In addition to building one of Atlanta’s most established woman-owned architecture firms, Carol has dedicated a significant portion of her career to the development and advancement of women in her community and within the profession. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Feminist Women’s Health Center for seven years. One of Carol’s legacies in the field of architecture has been her the local chapter for the American Institute of Architects and her nine-year involvement in a group called “Women in Architecture” which provided a venue where women could network and attend professional development programs in a mutually supportive environment.

The world of architecture is an evolving industry with the use of new technologies and the focus on sustainability and green building efforts in recent years. Carol Richard has helped lead the industry’s evolution with more than 30 years of experience and founder of her own firm. Carol reflects on why she became an architect and how the field has changed for women over the years. She’ll discuss the career outlook for all young people with an eye for design and construction. (Running Time 21:40)