Ryc Loope Explains How Design Professionals Can Diversify in a Recession

R. Nicholas "Ryc" Loope, FAIA

R. Nicholas "Ryc" Loope, FAIA

Joan Capelin interviewed R. Nicholas Loope – practicing architect, professor of housing and community development, founding director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program at Arizona State University, and also president of HL Design-Build – for the 11th interview of the “Sound Advice” series.

The podcast provides reasons and ways to strengthen your bottom line; what design professionals need to know before going into real estate development; uncommon sources to fund projects; and whether a recession is a good time to acquire another firm.

“Ryc” Loope – architect, design/builder, turnaround consultant, professor, and founding director of the Arizona State University real estate development program – has run parallel careers most of his adult life.

Since 1989, a tenured member of the ASU design faculty, teaching practice and also directing the degree program in Housing and Community Development, he founded and then directed the Master of Real Estate Development Program for its first three years.

He is also managing partner of HL Design Build, R. Nicholas Loope, FAIA Architects, and PDI, a global design consortium.

Ryc had an earlier “corporate” life as president of Taliesin Architects, the continuation of the practice of architecture began by Frank Lloyd Wright, and then as president/CEO of the Durrant Group, an A/E design firm.

Member of the Urban Land Institute and Design Build Institute of America, he also sits on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity/Arizona. The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties named him a “Distinguished Fellow” in 2007.

Click here to listen to the podcast and view Ryc Loope’s full bio.  Visit our “Sound Advice” page to hear other podcasts in the series.