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 at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he served as Chairman of the Graduate Programs in Architecture and Urban Design (1989-99). Previously, he taught in the architectural program at the University of Texas at Arlington (1973-89) where he received a series of 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, 2001).

Mr. Scherr received his B. Arch. Degree from Cornell University (with Phi Kappa Phi honors) and a M.S. Arch. (Spec. Urban Design) Degree from Columbia University. He has been a practicing architect in Texas and New York since 1980. His design work (with Woodward Assoc.) received awards from the Dallas AIA and the Texas Society of Architects. As a Director of Facilities Planning and Design at Pratt (1999-2014), he designed over 40 renovations, 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.

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, criticism and research has been published in Art + Cinema Magazine, the Journal of Architectural Education, Places Journal, Texas Architect, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Architectura, Architext, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, among others.


Solo Shows:
• “Soft,” Siblley Dome Gallery, school of Architecture, Cornell University, 1972
• “Lines,” Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, 2018 (Kenise Barnes, Curator)

Group Shows:
• “Lines: The IJsselmeer Polders,” SAED Gallery, UTA, 1973
• “Southwest-Tarrant County Annual,” Fort Worth Art Museum, 1975 (James Demetrion, Curator)
• “Dallas Architects Design: The Peak Competition,” Republic National Bank, Dallas, 1983
• “Salem Witch Trial Memorial Exhibition,” Peabody-Exeter Museum, Salem, MA, 1992
• “African Burial Ground Memorial Exhibition,” Urban Center, Municipal Art Society, NYC, 1994
• “Beyond the Box,” Urban Center, Municipal Arts Society, NYC, 1995
• “Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Exhibition,” Leadership Square, Oklahoma City, 1997
• “Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial,” John Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, 2001
• “Radius 50,” 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
• “Radius 50,” Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock NY, 2022, (Jayne Drost Johnson, Curator)
• “Small Works: Largeness Writ Small,” Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock NY, 2022 (Buzz Spector, Curator)