Speaker’s Biography

Richard Loope FAIA

Text Box: Director, Master of Real Estate Development 

R.Nicholas Loope is the owner and Managing Principal of HL Design Build, LLC, a general contracting and real estate development firm specializing in custom homes, urban infill, and specialty retail projects. He is also a managing member of several real estate development LLC’s. In addition, Loope is the owner and Principal Architect of R. Nicholas Loope, FAIA, a boutique design firm focused on custom homes, urban infill, and specialty retail projects. 

Highlights of Loope’s previous professional experiences include: President and Managing Principal Architect of Taliesin Architects, Ltd., the continuation of the practice of architecture began by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1893; President and CEO of the Durrant Group, Inc., a 350 member architectural and engineering design firm; President of the Solector Corporation, an alternative energy subsidiary of ASARCO International and President of the Solar Energy Industry Association. 

Loope has worked on over 350 projects in the United States and abroad ranging from high rise buildings, up-scale country clubs, destination resorts and spas, planned residential communities, high end custom homes and lofts, niche retail centers, urban mixed-use developments, and high-tech manufacturing facilities. Loope has been working with international clients since 1978. He has significant business planning and design experiences in Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Ireland, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Taiwan. 

Since 1989, Loope has been a tenured member of the College of Design’s faculty at Arizona State University. Loope’s academic credentials include: Bachelor in Architecture, five year professional degree from the University of Maryland, Masters of Environmental Design from Yale University and has successfully completed the PMD program at the Harvard Business School, Harvard University.