The principals of Woolley Morris Architects, Ross Woolley and Richard Morris, have built their firm on the large-scale project experience they gained while in the employ of several internationally-recognized firms in New York City and Princeton, including Richard Meier & Partners, FX Fowle, Eisenman Architects, Michael Graves Architects, and The Eggers Group (now known as RMJM Hillier).
Their previous experience has awarded Ross and Rick reputations as technically-accomplished project architects with unique abilities to produce world-class designs within the client’s budgetary constraints. Their combined professional track record spans numerous award-winning facilities and includes team leadership of over twenty published projects.
ROSS WOOLLEY, RA
Ross Woolley leads the design effort on all projects at Woolley Morris Architects, and continues to aspire to the timely execution of design excellence for each assignment. Since the founding of the firm in 1991, his leadership has resulted in the completion of multiple projects; including a variety of housing types, higher education facilities, corporate facilities, hotels, private residences, and K-12 schools. The firm has received design awards for three residence halls, a retirement community, a hotel and an AIA award for a private residence all of which were designed under Ross’ direct supervision.
Ross concluded a six-year tenure as Senior Associate at Michael Graves Architects in 1990. His duties there consisted of the design leadership and management of several large-scale commercial and mixed-use developments, as well as university buildings and private residences. He has earned the reputation as a strong team leader who blends the demands of quality design work with the demands of project budgets and schedules. This creative problem solving has led to the timely construction of multiple complex structures under his supervision.
RICK MORRIS, RA, AIA
Rick Morris directs the business planning and administration of the firm, and oversees the execution of selected projects. In tandem with Ross Woolley’s design leadership, Rick functions as Principal-in-Charge for the firm’s more complex projects requiring senior level management, and he also directs the firm’s Quality Assurance program. His stewardship of the strategic plan of the firm has resulted in controlled growth since 1991 in targeted markets, which has enabled the continuation of ‘hands-on management’ by both Principals. Under this approach, Woolley Morris Architects has earned the repeat business of notable large client groups in the education, hospitality, and housing sectors.
Rick accumulated similar project design and management experience during his 13-year tenure in New York City. He ended his position as partner in The Eggers Group, a 65-person firm, to establish Woolley Morris Architects in 1991. His role at Eggers consisted of strategic planning and business development for the firm, as well as oversight of design work for long-standing clients. Rick continues his role as a forward- thinking manager and planner, successfully implementing ongoing strategic business planning at Woolley Morris Architects, along with project management duties for selected projects.