An architect based in Atlanta for over four decades, Richard Diedrich has evolved from designing buildings built with masonry, steel and glass to composing books with text and illustrations. Although each of his four books is based on architecture, they vary considerably. Beginning with a Wiley published book teaching other architects the nuances of design of recreational facilities, his next two books grew out of sixteen summers of teaching a course on design of golf clubhouses at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As coffee-table books on the architecture of the golf clubhouse, each book has become a collectible for those in the sport and profession.
Having lived in an almost century-old house in Historic Brookhaven for thirty three years, Diedrich was moved by seeing the loss of historic houses in the community being replaced by oversized, insensitively designed structures. The resulting book, The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven, makes the reader aware of how the original master plan and design of the historic houses made the neighborhood a special place rightfully cited in the National Register of Historic Places. Stories of the houses based on interviews with long-time residents and the author’s watercolors of front doors of the historic homes take the Book beyond an architectural treatise.
Diedrich is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society. He is a graduate of the Ecoles d’Art Americaines, Fontainebleau, France and has two degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In addition to his renown in clubhouse design, his firm designed Avondale Station, the first completed for the MARTA rail system and, also, the original phase of the Dean William Tate Center, the student center at the University of Georgia, Athens.