Houston Architect: Richard Keating

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Houston Architect: Richard Keating Richard Keating is a well known Houston Architect. He is best known for his skills and experience in making strategic design decisions in the most cost-effective manner. He worked his way up from being an ordinary architect, helping out with big projects, to being the owner of his own company, designing his own projects. Richard graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1968. After finishing a year on an excavation in Greece, he told his mentor in Architectural History that he wanted to pursue a PhD in that field. He then began his career at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago (SOM) with an intention to gain more knowledge. During his first eight years with SOM, he decided to pursue a degree in architecture instead of history. In 1976, he was asked to build an office for SOM in Houston Texas. Within ten years, the firm designed and built 40 million square feet of buildings. During this time, Keaton gained a national design reputation and he was named a full partner at the youngest age in the firm’s history. In Los Angeles, he is best known for the 52 story Gas Company Tower, which people call the finest building in America. After having spent 23 years at SOM, he created his own firm in 1990. He has designed a wide variety of U.S. corporate headquarters, won numerous competitions and continued his lasting relationship with the premier developers of the United States. His firm has enjoyed extensive work in Asia, principally in Korea including the 1 million square feet Korea Development Bank, a new cooperate headquarters office tower in Seoul, and led designs for the national Archives as well as the national Museum of Korea. Richard Keating is so highly recognized that he is frequently called upon as an architectural participant in discussions about the city. His architectural style include a diverse range

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