Richard Gooding


MS, Building Design, Columbia University

Rick Gooding is an award-winning architect and principal of CHU + GOODING Architects in Los Angeles, an internationally recognized firm with a rich portfolio of projects focusing on arts-related, cultural and institutional projects. In the past two decades, Rick has worked with a diverse range of clients, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the iconic Hollywood Bowl concert venue, Southern California Public Radio, Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside, Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft, the Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital, USC, UCLA, and the Autry Museum of the American West. Specializing in highly technical projects—including historic renovations, broadcast stations, and climate-controlled storage facilities—Rick has completed 19 projects for the NFL Network and 29 separate projects for the J P Getty Center. Rick received a Master of Science in Architecture & Building Design from Columbia University in 1985 and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1984, where he was awarded the AIA Student Gold Medal. Prior to joining his wife Annie Chu at CHU + GOODING in 1998, Rick worked with Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates in New York and Richard Meier & Partners in Los Angeles, where he served as the Project Architect for all on-site interior coordination of the J P Getty Center Research Institute Building. For more than 15 years, Rick has taught and lectured at various schools of architecture and design, including Woodbury University, Arizona State University, and UT Austin. At present, he is an adjunct faculty member at the USC School of Architecture. Rick is also an accomplished visual artist. His Subterranea series, featuring more than 70 meticulous, black-and-white pencil drawings, has appeared in exhibitions across the country and is showcased online on The Drawing Center Viewing Program website. Learn more at

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    Graduate Architecture Design II - Integration
    Graduate Architecture Design II - Integration
    Basic principles of structural (seismic/wind and gravity), HVAC, building envelope, access/egress, building service systems; and sustainable strategies are critical to the proper execution of performative goals. The integration of building systems will be delineated to demonstrate the tectonic viability a design solution.
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