Today, Richard is a full-time everyday tourist searching for new experiences and surprises as he wanders the streets, parks, plaza and alleys of Calgary and other cities.
For 30 years, his “day job” took him from scientist to director/curator of a public art gallery to executive director of downtown business association to manager of a 3D animation studio and finally an urban development consultant. All the while – when travelling for work or pleasure – he honed his flaneuring skills.
For the past 15 years, he’s written on topics ranging from public art, parks, pathways, plazas and urban revitalization in cities large and small.
Board/Committee Involvement (specific to tourism and urban issues):
2004 - 2012
Tourism Destination Region Calgary (Chair)
2005 - 2009
Calgary Public Art Board (Chair)
2006 - 2008
Calgary Planning Commission (Citizen-at-large)
2002 - 2006
International Downtown Association Board (Canadian Member)
2000 - 2006
Calgary Homeless Foundation Board (Member-at-large)
2000 - 2004
Tourism Calgary Board (Chair, Governance Committee)
1998 - 2000
Prince’s Island Master Plan Committee (Co-Chair)
1986 - 1990
Calgary Allied Arts Foundation (Chair)
1986 - 1988
Western Canada Art Gallery Association (President)
In 2000, Richard was named Calgarian of the Year by Cityscope Magazine (now Avenue Magazine) for his passion in championing the revitalization of Downtown, especially Stephen Avenue Walk.
In 2005, he received an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of his significant contribution through his leadership and community involvement.
Richard is as passionate an urban flaneur in his home city of Calgary, Alberta as he is in New York City or Hong Kong. His monthly column in the Calgary Herald's (Saturday Condo) section on urban living, urban design and development is widely read (samples in Articles & Media section of website).
He can also be followed on twitter @everydaytourist and Instagram #everydaytouristyyc