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Richard Rothman

Richard Rothman FAIA, AICP architect, planner
1929 Plum Nelly Road
Rising Fawn GA 30738
voice 706. 398.4000
fax 706. 398.005
mobile 423. 413.7600

Richard Rothman is an architect-planner offering consulting services to property owners, land trusts, real estate developers, governments, institutions, and fellow planning and design professionals.

In 1997, after a 35-year career in the general practice of architecture and urban design, Rothman focused his practice on Quality Growth and Green Design projects. In an effort to combat sprawling land development and its dramatic impact on our natural environment, recent projects have included:

Redevelopment Plan for Chattanooga's Southside (downtown) incorporating sustainable development practices (recipient of a Merit Award from the International Downtown Association in 2000).

Design of two "Sustainable Streetscape Pilot Projects" in Chattanooga demonstrating innovative techniques of sustainable stormwater management, street and sidewalk lighting, and tree planting.

Consultant to City of Chattanooga Urban Design Studio to integrate concepts for a more sustainable urban pattern into Chattanooga's 2005 Downtown Plan.

Preparation of a "Quality Growth Management Plan" for Walker County, GA, including a Conservation Subdivision ordinance and Design Guidelines for Highway Commercial Development.

Lighting design for a major downtown bridge crossing the Tennessee River (construction 2005-07) as part of Chattanooga's "21st Century Waterfront Redevelopment."

Consultant to City of Chattanooga for incorporating Smart Growth principles into existing Zoning and Subdivision Regulations to promote reduced land consumption, vehicle trips and air pollution along with an increased Œsense of place.' Preparation of an Outdoor Lighting Ordinance.

Consultant to Walker County for conservation subdivision plans review.

Master plan and architectural concepts for expansion of a Retreat in Highlands NC, and a new campus in rural Middletown VA, following principles of land conservation and green design.

Design of a 200-dwelling, 60-acre Conservation Subdivision in Cleveland TN with five standard house plans.

Adaptive re-use of a National Register 1883 mining commissary for use as a residence.

Conservation planning consultant to land trusts assisting landowners in GA, AL, TN and NC to develop conservation options for their land, primarily through conservation easements. To date, approximately 12,000 acres of otherwise developable land, or a land area equivalent to five Cloudland Canyon State Parks, have been preserved for conservation purposes.

From 1978 to 1997, Rothman's Atlanta-based firm focused on revitalizing downtowns and urban neighborhood business districts. Completed projects include:

100 master plans for about 50 downtowns and neighborhoods in more than 30 municipalities, and 50 campuses, institutions and planned communities.

$90 million of constructed works including about 60 building renovations, 20 new commercial, multifamily residential and institutional buildings, and 6 streetscapes and civic plazas.

Rothman's projects to date have received 18 national and local planning and design awards. Rothman is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has degrees in architecture from Washington University and in urban studies from the University of Chicago, where he also completed postgraduate work in urban economics. He has taught architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Georgia Tech, and Southern Polytechnic State University.

Active in his community and profession, Rothman is a past president of the Atlanta chapter, AIA, and former vice chairman of the Georgia Review Board of the National Register of Historic Places. He was named a "Downtown Atlanta Legend" in 1996. In 2000, he was named "Citizen of the Year" in his adopted new community of Dade County, GA.

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