Richaven Architecture & Preservation

Richaven Architecture & Preservation is a community leader in rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and stewarding sustainable, resilient existing and historic built environment for nearly 30 years, combining a savvy understanding of owner’s issues and goals, a clear mastery of the contractor’s process and challenges, and deep technical proficiency in best practices treatments for historic buildings.

Richaven Architecture & Preservation’s principal, Brian Rich, has nearly 30 years’ experience in architecture, historic preservation, and construction management, specializing in technical issues and focused on future-proofing the built environment. Mr. Rich’s experience is rooted in the synergistic combination of professional practice on both the owner and design team sides of projects, on-site experience in construction management, volunteer service, and mentoring the next generation of architects.

Mr. Rich has experience on over 174 projects with building sizes ranging in size from 232 to 946,000 square feet and project costs from $1,000 to $250 million, totaling over 7.6 million square feet and $2.9 billion in project costs. This experience includes 113 renovations of existing buildings, 58 designated or eligible landmarks, 30 phased projects and 67 occupied-facility projects, garnering over 50 personal and project awards. Mr. Rich is a licensed drone pilot and was recently acknowledged as a leading historic preservation expert by the Association for Preservation Technology’s Recognized Professional program.  Richaven is a certified Washington Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and King County Small Contractor Services (SCS) business. Richaven is also a self-certified micro-business per the Washington DES roster requirements.


  • Full Service Architecture
  • Historic Preservation Design & Documentation
  • Technical Preservation Analysis
  • Cultural Resources Research & Analysis
  • Condition Assessments
  • Pre-Design
  • Programming
  • Building & Zoning Code Analysis
  • Site Evaluation
  • Feasibility & Marketing Studies
  • Strategic & Long-Range Planning
  • LEED, Envision, and Sustainable Design
  • As-Built Documentation
  • Constructibility Reviews
  • Value Analysis
  • Stakeholder Relationship & Retention
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Specifications
  • Permitting


  • Project Representation
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Administration
  • Quality Control Management


  • Historic Preservation
  • Educational Facilities
  • Community Centers
  • Theatres
  • Transit Stations
  • Churches
  • Residences
  • Libraries
  • Performing Arts Venues
  • Temporary Venues
  • Institutional


Examples of Projects

  • in addition to the projects in the gallery below....
  • Cushman & Adams Substation Adaptive Re-Use Study
  • Magnuson Park Building 47 Theatre Rehabilitation Pre-Design
  • Anderson Park Stone Wall Investigation
  • Clarks Creek Hatchery Rehabilitation
  • Vi Hilbert Hall at Seattle University - QC and Construction Management
  • St. John's Church Steeple Stabilization
  • Sunset Garage Steel Window Assessment
  • E. A. Walcher House Historic Preservation Inventory
  • State Theatre Rehabilitation Pre-Design

Established: 2012


Richaven Architecture & Preservation

9000 23rd Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117

Phone: 206.909.9866

  • Brian Rich recording deficiencies during a building condition assessment for the VA American Lake Building 81.81AC Seismic rehabilitation.
  • Richaven completed condition assessment of two buildings and the skybridge usingdigital imaging and drone technology to catpure aerial images.
  • Sounding the cast stone was only one of several tests performed by Richaven Principal Brian Rich during this 9 week long swing stage based assessment of the Tacoma Municipal Building.
  • A view of the main elevation of Building 81 at the VA American Lake campus.
  • The historic Day Hall will be restored during the rehabilitation.
  • The National Register listed Mission 66 Alpine Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain National Park looking southeast.
  • A drone photo of the 1938 Centralia Armory looking northwest.
  • Richaven provided architecture & preservation consulting services to the University Heights Community Center including a detailed condition assessment of the 1902/1907 wood framed school building which is a city, State and Nationally designated landmark. The condition assessment included exterior, roof, and interior architectural features of the building as well as all building systems. Code analysis, including code plans, was completed based upon requirements for the 1991 Seattle Building Code which was in effect at the time the building was converted to a community center and a special SDCI Director’s Rule. The building was also analyzed according to current handicap accessibility requirements. Contact: Maureen Ewing, University Heights Executive Director, (206) 527-4278,
  • Aerial view of the Tacoma Municipal Building Complex looking northwest over Commencement Bay. Drone photo captured by Brian Rich.
  • The 1902 Log House Museum, a Seattle Landmark, looking northwest.
  • The Main Terminal Building at the King County International Airport (aka Boeing Field) looking northwest.
  • The exterior of the 1942 National Register eligible third-largest aircraft hanger in the United States