Richard Alomar is an Associate Professor, Department Chair, and Director of the Office of Urban Extension and Engagement, as well as a registered landscape architect. He has an undergraduate degree in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an MLA from Louisiana State University. Before joining the faculty he was an Associate at Stantec Planning and Landscape Architecture and Senior Associate at di Domenico + Partners. He has worked on public projects from the urban planning to the community garden scale and has won international competitions for landscape designs in Chicago and Verona, Italy.
Richard’s general research focus is on land stewardship in urban underserved communities with a specific emphasis on the analysis of use and material patterns in neighborhood yards and vacant lots. His earlier research on the characteristics, use and patterns of front yards in African-American neighborhoods has led to the use of sketching, mapping and garden stories to describe and document the creative process of nonprofessional designers.
Richard teaches the Design and Implementation studio in the departments construction sequence. The class is structured to mimic the rigor of a professional studio by emphasizing deliverables, constructibility and introducing undergraduate and graduate students to construction document production.