Rick Mohler

Rick Mohler

Chair and Professor, Architecture

Richard E. (Rick) Mohler, AIA, NCARB, is a licensed architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches graduate level design studios and professional practice. Professor Mohler will assume the role of Chair of the Department of Architecture beginning in June 2023. He received his B.A. and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania where he received top awards for design and master’s thesis. Following graduation he worked for firms in Philadelphia including Mitchell Giurgola and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown where he was a member of the winning competition team for the extension to the National Gallery in London.

In 1986 he joined the University of Washington architecture faculty and Olson Sundberg Architects (now Olson Kundig). In 1991, he co-founded Adams/Mohler Architects (now Mohler + Ghillino Architects), a firm engaged in residential, commercial adaptive re-use, and commercial interior design projects that has been recognized through numerous design awards and publications. With his own firm, other firms and individuals he has been recognized in urban design and housing competitions in Philadelphia, Seattle and Montreal. His own house and accessory dwelling unit, the Flip/Flop House(s), was recognized with multiple Seattle AIA awards and named one of the top ten innovative houses of 2010 by Builder magazine.

Professor Mohler maintains that the nexus of land use, affordable housing, transportation and the public realm is key to a sustainable future. He has explored urban issues through multiple UW interdisciplinary design studios focused on land use legislation, transit oriented development and the future of urban form in Seattle and surrounding communities. His current research focuses on housing affordability at three scales – the urban parcel, the city and the region. In pursuing this research Rick strives to be a bridge between the city, profession and academy. He is a member of the Seattle Planning Commission and Seattle’s ADU working group, co-chairs the AIA Seattle Public Policy Board and was a 2015 Affiliate Fellow of the UW Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

Rick is an enthusiastic and effective design studio instructor whose students have been recognized in regional, national and international design awards programs and competitions eighteen times and a dozen times in the past decade. He is active in professional, civic and community organizations including serving as founding co-chair of the AIA Seattle Future Shack program, which recognizes innovative housing solutions, and has served as a juror, moderator and co-chair of AIA Honor Awards programs throughout the country. He is a UW representative to the City/University Community Advisory Committee, was vice president and land use chair of the Madrona Community Council, a founding member of the housing advocacy group Welcoming Wallingford, a design committee member of the Friends of McDonald School Playground and received a mayoral appointment to the Downtown Project Review Panel for Seattle’s CAP Initiative.