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A combined total of 25 years experience with construction, architecture, and building code enforcement. Ask me about residential and commercial design. Ask me about design aesthetics, structural methods, and building something that will withstand severe weather conditions. Ask me my opinion about YOUR design ideas and I will tell you the merits of good design and challenge your thinking about practical issues. Ask me how to best find and work with your local architect and approach general contractors to get the most value for the least amount of headaches. You can ask me about improving your energy efficiency and things that are both green and practical. But don't ask me about solar panels and wind turbines unless you are currently paying your utility company 35 cents per Kilowatt. Otherwise the math does not justify the initial cost and return on investment. Ask me any building code question and how to get a building permit from the most difficult enforcement agencies.

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Here in the midwest, we design and build "green" in ways that make sense. My construction methods prioritize weather resistance, ease of maintenance and durability. While a graduate student in San Diego, I taught drafting and history of architecture. After working ten years for other architecture firms, I have started my firm Arrow Architecture in 2008. More than half of my work involves commercial office buildings. But my portfolio of work also includes custom homes, residential additions, home remodels, and second story additions.


President-Elect of American Institute of Architects - Lincoln, NE


B.S. Architecture - (Interior Design) University of Nebraska Lincoln 1997 Master of Architecture - (Urban Design and Professional Practice) NewSchool of Architecture - San Diego 2004 Graduated Summa Cum Laude ICC Certified Building Plans Examiner

Awards and Honors

AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate

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Recent Answers from Richard Burton AIA

2016-10-17 Using prefabricated metal buildings in residential, retail, and office applications:

Quinn,    I did not say "center" floor space but I did say floor-ceiling space while trying to describe the floor framing system that supports the second floor and creates a ceiling over the first floor

2016-10-17 Using prefabricated metal buildings in residential, retail, and office applications:

Quinn,    I agree that pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMB) do provide a cost-effective advantage.  There is no limitation to their use in terms of occupancy.  Two-story churches, medical clinics, and

2016-10-05 Using unused space:

Quinn,    It has become a popular concept to make use of a roof top area as an occupied space.  From a life-safety perspective, you could have a cocktail party on the entire roof with 3,486 people standing

2016-08-31 Bldg. Footprint exceptional:

Thom,    I am uncertain if I understand your question without an illustration.    All support columns will need to respect the building setbacks just like any other part of the building footprint.    If

2016-08-24 draftstopping:

Carlos,    Most likely the draftstop needs to be located above and in line with the fire-rated wall that separates the habitable living areas from the garage (and attic storage).    The construction type


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