Rick Mohler, FAIA appointed Chair of the University of Washington Department of Architecture


Professor Rick Mohler was appointed chair of the Department of Architecture in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington in June. In addition to serving as chair he will continue to teach design studios and professional practice coursework.

Throughout his career Rick has promoted just, policy-driven cities, shaped by principled design, addressing all scales of urban experience through teaching, action research, professional practice, and community engaged scholarship and service. In doing so, he has strengthened connections between the academy, profession, government, and community. Through his own practice, work with other firms, and independent collaborations, Rick has been recognized thirty-seven times in local, regional, national, and international design awards programs and design competitions. His students have been recognized twenty times in regional, national, and international student design awards and competitions. Rick received a 2019 R+D Award from Architect magazine, a 2021 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award, a 2022 Place Design Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), a 2022 AIA Small Projects Award, and the ACSA Best Paper Award in 2023. He was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2021 for achievement in education and practice. Rick is a former member of the AIA Seattle Board of Directors, former Co-Chair of the AIA Seattle Public Policy Board and former Co-Chair and current member of the Seattle Planning Commission.