Rick Joy is the founder and principal of Studio Rick Joy.
He is considered an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture. His work expressed innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place.
Honors include receiving the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture 2002 and in 2004 winning a prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
In 2015, Rick was vested into the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows and the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA International College of Fellows.
He was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in a Javits Center event in 2019.
The studio's first monograph, Desert Works, was released by Princeton Architectural Press in 2002 and the second, Studio Joy Works, was released in 2018.
He is also the co-owner of CLL Concept Lighting Lab with his partner Claudia Kappl Joy. CLL provides full-service lighting design for all SRJ projects in addition to outside firms.
Originally from Maine, he studied music and was a classical percussionist and rock/blues drummer until the age of 28 when he moved to Tucson to study Architecture.