Richard Scherr

Architect | Artist | Author

Richard Scherr is an architect, an instructor of architectural design for over 4 decades, 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 (1989-1999). Previously, he taught architectural design at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received a series of Organized Research Grants and the Terry Cunninghan Award for Faculty Development 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, published in 2001.

Mr. Scherr received his B. Arch. Degree fom 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 and New York since 1980. His design work received awards from the Dallas AIA and 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. He has been awarded an Eidlitz Fellowship, and elected to the International Committee of Architectural Critics. Mr. Scherr 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 Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Journal of Architectural Education, Texas Architect, Places Magazine, Competitions, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, among others. He has lectured on his design and theoretical work in schools of architecture throught the USA and Europe.

Mr. Scherr’s sculpture has been exhibited at Cornell University and the Fort Worth Museum of Art. In 2018, his work was shown in both a Solo exhibit and the Radius50 group show at the Woodstock Art Association and Museum (WAAM). He is currently working on a series of investigations in wood exploring notions of approximate, or variant descriptions of form.