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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

2017-02-05 Wallpaper fixing in commercial aircrafts.:

Prashant,    I do not recommend wallpaper anywhere.  Especially within aircraft and where the temperature and humidity fluctuate greatly.  Vapor either gets trapped behind the vinyl wall paper or it causes

2017-01-18 CCTV System installation in Tunnels.:

Prashant,    Considering that I have a few cameras set up to monitor and record activity for my office, you can expect that my answer is going to be "yes".  Our major road intersections and public utilities

2017-01-14 Petrol Pumps stations with Basement.:

Prashant,    First we need to overcome a little bit of language barrier because we do not say "Petrol".  We say "Gas" and our fuel stations might look different than what you typically see.    Although

2016-12-23 Fireplace grating:

First of all, allow me to apologize for the delayed response.  Although you were expecting a simple "yes" or "no" answer, I took too long to think about the potential liability while not knowing how careless

2016-12-23 Fireplace grating:

I am uncertain if you are referring to the protective screen between the fire place and the living room or the metal stand that support the burning logs (which is commonly referred to as the "grate".


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