Richard is an experienced everyday tourist. Over the past 30 years, his “day job” has taken him from scientist to director/curator of a public art gallery to executive director of downtown business association to director of 3D animation studio to consultant. All the while – when travelling for work or pleasure – he honed his flaneuring skills.
For the past 10 years, he’s written on topics ranging from public art, parks, pathways, plazas and urban revitalization in Canadian cities to Dubai’s architecture and Frankfurt’s “green beach.”
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.