Richard Rivin is a licensed architect, and certified construction specified who is a principal and Vice President of LIFE, INC. and ROOF INSPECTION SERVICE OF VA, INC. He is experienced in the management of the design and construction process, having previously served as Director of Architecture for a large Architectural/Engineering firm, where he established design criteria, and maintained Quality Control for all Architectural design and production work. He has developed a special expertise in existing facility condition analysis. Also, he regularly provides expert opinions regarding building envelope performance problems and the investigation and remediation of dysfunctional buildings. He regularly serves as a construction dispute arbitrator, on behalf of the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Rivin is well versed in all areas of the design and construction process. He is skilled in construction contract document preparation and interpretation, for implementation of multidisciplined commercial and institutional projects. In addition, he understands the delicate nature of the construction effort, required for the successful transfer of an Owners "expectations" into a three-dimensional, built "functional space".
His education at Harvard College (A.B. 1967) and The Harvard Graduate School of design (M. ARCH, 1972) was interrupted by service in the United States Army in Vietnam. This interruption, however, enabled Mr. Rivin to become acquainted with other cultural approaches to basic shelter, and his graduate thesis proposed a solution to "self-help housing" for the rapidly expanding urban populations in Southeast Asia.
During his 27 years of professional life, Mr. Rivin has participated in the unique design and construction requirements for a vast array of building types. A cross-section of projects in which he has played a key role include: multifamily luxury housing, commercial (tenant and landlord) facilities, financial institutions (low-rise and high-rise), educational facilities, and private industrial facilities, primarily for maintenance and maintenance support. He has prepared technical documents for international tender to include furniture and fittings worth $15 million, and has served as an "on site" inspector for a historic, adaptive re-use renovation project, known as the Old Post Office, in Washington, DC. He has recently served as Consulting Construction Manager for the renovation of 408 apartment units for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
A strong believer in the Arts, Mr. Rivin has sat on the boards of many Hampton Roads Cultural institutions. Among his past and present professional affiliations are the following: