Rick Petersen in an office

John B. Rogers Endowment Advances the Practice of Architecture: Rick Petersen, FAIA, Named Inaugural Professor in Practice

August 18, 2021

We are excited to announce the appointment of Rick Petersen, FAIA, LEED AP, to the newly created John B. Rogers Professor in Practice position for the 2021-22 academic year. This new position is underwritten by the John B. Rogers Endowment for the Advancement of the Practice of Architecture, generously established by former RNL principals Rich von Luhrte and Joshua Gould in honor of their late colleague John Rogers. This award will be made annually to support a high caliber practitioner to teach professionalism and practice-oriented pedagogy in the Architecture Department. 

The late Rogers’ 50 years of practice was a demonstration of dedication, enthusiasm, and unwavering spirit towards the betterment of the built environment. Among his many achievements, Rogers’ transformative thinking and community advocacy were unparalleled, and extended well beyond his retirement. To complement his architecture degree and inform his practice, Rogers earned his MBA at CU Denver in 1984 at the age of 63. When asked to write a paper on retirement, he responded, “I can’t do it—I don’t ever plan to retire.” Rogers continued to contribute his inspiring leadership to the profession of architecture and to the Denver community for another 25 years until his passing in 2010. 

This inaugural John B. Rogers Professor in Practice appointment has been extended to Rick Peterson, who recently joined the CAP Architecture faculty to co-teach the Professional Practice course. As a Principal with OZ Architecture, Professor Peterson leads a wide range of design projects that benefit from collaboration among highly diverse stakeholders, whether in his home town of Denver or farther afield in Antarctica, where he led the redesign of McMurdo Station for the National Science Foundation. Rick’s current work is relevant to many pivotal current issues, including urban infill and affordable housing. In his values and deeds, Petersen embodies the intentions of the late Rogers, and we welcome his innovation and enthusiasm on the CAP faculty in the fall.