Richard Scherr

Architect | Artist | Author

Richard Scherr is an architect, an instructor of architectural design for over 4 decades, an author on design theory, and currently practices as a sculptor in upstate Hudson Valley.

Mr. Scherr was a Professor of Architecture in the Graduate Architecture program at Pratt Institute, where he was the Chairman of the Graduate Programs in Architecture and Urban Design (1989-99). Previously, he taught architectural design at the University of Texas at Arlington where he received a series of Organized Research Grants to investigate the use of gridded systems in art, architecture and urban design, resulting in a book entitled The Grid: Form and Process in Architectural Design (New York: USA Books/Universalia Publishers, 2001).

Mr.Scherr received his B. Arch. Degree from Cornell University (with Phi Kappa Phi Honors) and a M.S. Arch. (Spec. Urban Design) from Columbia University. He has been a practicing architect in Texas at New York since 1980. His design work received awards from the Dallas AIA and the Texas Society of Architects. As a Director of Facilities Planning and Design at Pratt Institute (1999-2014), he designed over 40 Renovations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and his design for the Prattstore Building received the Building Brooklyn Award in 2005, and is represented in the book: 101 Cool Buildings: The Best of New York City Architecture 1999-2009, ed. by Richard McMillan.

Mr. Scherr has been awarded an Eidlitz Fellowship, and elected to the International Committee of Architectural Critics. He has been awarded First (Finalist) prize in international design competitions for the Salem Witch Trial Tercentenary Memorial and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. His design, theory, and criticism have been published in Art + Cinema Magazine, Texas Architect, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Architecture, Architectura, Architext, Places Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of the American Planning Associates, among others.


Solo Shows:
• “Soft,” Sibley Dome Gallery, School of Architecture, Cornell University
• “Lines,” Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, 2018 (Kenise Barnes, Curator)

Group Shows:
• Tarrant County Annual, Fort Worth Art Museum (James Demetrion, Curator)
• Salem Witch Trial Memorial Finalists, Peabody-Exeter Museum, Salem, MA.
• African Burial Ground Memorial, Urban Center, Municipal Art Society, NYC
• Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, John Hartell Gallery, Cornell University
• Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, Romanian Consulate and Cultural Center, NYC
• Radius 50 Show, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, 2018 (Vittorio Calabrese, Curator)
• “Vision of Care,” Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, 2021 (Robert R. Shane, Curator)
• “Built I: Architecture Into Art”, Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY (2020)
• “Built II: Architecture Into Art”, Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY (2021)