Rick D'Amato's 21-year design career at LPA INC. has featured many varied project types ranging from public work such as city halls, libraries, schools and community centers to private sector work including retail centers and corporate headquarters. His recent work has focused primarily on the design of public libraries. His passion for sustainability has led to an environmentally sensitive approach to library design which has the ability to set a positive green example to the communities with which they serve. In recent years, Mr. D'Amato's involvement with the California Library Association has provided the opportunity for him to spread the word on a pragmatic approach to sustainable library design during several CLA conference seminars throughout the state.
Mr. D'Amato also believes that the most successful library designs have the distinct ability to educate a community about the environment as well as local history while also providing a framework for the future and lifelong learning.
His passion for libraries also led to the design of four 2000 Bond Act libraries for the cities of Temecula, Orange, Hesperia and Redding. His experience in varied project types has also resulted in a fresh approach to library planning which borrows from retail, corporate and educational design strategies. This approach has also led to his library work receiving numerous design awards.
Rick is a LEED Accredited Professional and an active member of the United States Green Building Council. He has spoken about smart sustainable design practices at the AIA National Convention as well as the USGBC Greenbuild Convention. He is the designer of the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County for the Environmental Nature Center. The ENC as it is known is also the first public building in Southern California to be completely carbon neutral and off the local grid.
Mr. D'amato is a firm believer that all architecture should be site based and therefore unique not only to the surrounding community, but also to the surrounding environment.
The most successful buildings are those that have the ability to tell a timeless story unique to their surroundings as well as their users.