Rick Gonzalez, AIA, President of REG Architects, Inc., opened his practice in Downtown West Palm Beach with his father, Ricardo, in 1988, and has been in Downtown ever since.
Rick received two architectural degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with additional university course work completed at Miami-Dade Community College, Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City and the Autonomous University of Central America in San Jose, Costa Rica, and continuing education course work under Andres Duany at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Manuel Ponce’s Venice, Florence, and Veneto Classic Design in Italy.
Professional and Architectural awards include 2009 Architectural Firm of the Year Award from the AIA Palm Beach; 2009 AIA Palm Beach Chapter Recognition Award for Corporate Place at Tradition; 2009 SWANA’s WESTCON Silver Excellence Transfer Station Award for SWA Campus; 2008 Honor Design Awards AIA Palm Beach and Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for the Palm Beach County 1916 Court House Restoration; the ABC Best of 2007 Award for NPBCID EOC & HQ in Palm Beach Gardens; the Associated Builders & Contractors 2006 and Southeast Construction award of 2005 for Best Public Building, City of Sebastian Municipal Complex; 2005 Sun Sentinel’s “Excalibur Award;” 2004 AIA Palm Beach Design Award for City of Miami Beach Golf Club House; 2003 Award for Excellence in Design for New Commercial Development (5th Ave. National City Bank) from the City of Delray Beach SPRAB; 2003 AIA Palm Beach Honor Award for Design for “The Harriet” at City Place in West Palm Beach; 2001 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award also for “The Harriet;” 1998 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
He was appointed in 2008 by Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Historical Commission (FHC) for a 3-year term and by former Governor Jeb Bush to the State of Florida’s Board of Architecture and Interior Design (BOAID) in 2000, and he served another term in 2004 with a 2-year period as Chairman (2005-2006). Rick's community involvement include: CUA School of Architecture Development Board, Washington, D.C.; University of Florida, School of Architecture, Historical Preservation Department Board of Advisors, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Trustee; Maya Literacy Board of Palm Beach County; Palm Beach County Arts Committee; City of West Palm Beach Culture Committee; former Board Member of Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and United Way of Palm Beach County. He has also been involved in the past with the Historic Society of Palm Beach County, the Planning Board for the Cities of West Palm Beach and Juno Beach, Hispanic Cultural Arts and Fiesta on Flagler, Center for Creative Education, Aspira, the Palm Beach Opera, Economic Council, SunFest and the Centennial Celebration of the City of West Palm Beach.
Current projects include: The Historic Lake Worth Beach Casino Renovation; A Guest Residence in Palm Beach for Donald Trump; The Historic Boynton Beach High School Renovation; The Palm Beach County Cultural Council Headquarters; The Northwood University DeVos School of Business Management and Campus Master Plan; and the new Guard House/EOC for Admiral’s Cove POA in Jupiter, Florida.
Rick and wife, Interior Designer Karen, built their Juno Beach home in 2003 where they live with their children, Isabella, Ricky, Estelle, and Andres. The family enjoys traveling, boating, swimming, and participating in church and school activities.