About Paul Richard Foote

Architectural Design

At Paul Richard Foote Architectural Design, architectural tradition survives into the present. In our particular design practice, tradition informs us yet we are not averse to innovation. The use of time-tested methodologies may re-capitulate earlier, familiar arguments, or may be re-proposed. We frankly profess our love of old buildings and houses, along with our fascination for the “shock of the new.” In particular, our designs evolve over a series of meetings with clients and with outside players – contractors, subcontractors, decorators, cabinetmakers, and various vendors – and they are, in every sense of the word, a true collaboration. Our clients are critical to the design process – as we seek to understand his/her wishes and interests and incorporate them into the design. We have learned that we truly learn from our clients, and, time and time again, their input has enriched our designs.

Paul Richard Foote

Of course, our architectural designs are very much the product of our own interests and investigations. Critically, they work to reinforce the public realm – and if that means suppressing architectural anomalies in favor of the accessible, so be it. We are of the opinion that much of today' architectural production is needlessly elitist and expensive, vulnerable both to time and the elements. With respect to the crisis of built artifacts in the public realm, we believe that too often the precious, architectural object is re-proposed in a sanitized nature and is outside larger society, certainly outside a pedestrian-oriented society. The urban template that evolved over centuries – with its street grid that suppresses the anomalous object in favor of the legibility of the whole – is still the most powerful of socializing media.


Paul Richard Foote, principal, received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in architecture from Yale University, and his Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Foote has worked in the offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Washington , DC; Amick Harrison Architects, San Francisco; and Charles T. Young Architects; and Chan and Mohney Architecture, both of New York City.