Rick is founder emeritus of RDM Architecture, founded in 1979 and based in Kansas City, Missouri. He was also a partner in a landscape design build company, Everything Grows. Renovation and reuse of existing space and sustainable design principals guided his professional philosophy. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University, College of Architecture and Design. He was a passionate member of the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects including having served as treasurer and President. He served seven years on the Kansas City Architectural Foundation Board including two as President.