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David O'Neal
Richard Schmidt
Jimmy Ward

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Design
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Master of Arts in Architecture
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Master of Science /Management
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL

Professional Skills

Planning and programming
Conceptual design
Budget and schedule analysis
Technical building systems

Professional Registrations

Architect: Florida, Colorado,California
NCARB Certificate
Member, American Institute of Architects

Richard Schmidt   Principal | Programmer

Richard Schmidt Mr. Schmidt has over 30 years of experience in the areas of land use planning, programming, conceptual design, feasibility studies, and budget and schedule analysis. He has served as project executive, program manager, project manager, planner and architect for convention centers, airports and large-scale planned communities.

His leadership on the technical aspects of convention center programming, design and development has led the industry in the establishment of specialized, performance-based criteria. He has been an outspoken proponent of modernization programs for public assembly buildings and for the integration of multiple building systems using cost effective technological solutions.


New Cleveland Convention Center
Cleveland, OH

Music City Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Qatar National Convention Centre Expansion
Doha Education City, Qatar

Indiana Convention Center Expansion Indianapolis, IN

Cottonmill Marketplace Conference Center
Starkville, MS

Phoenix Convention Center Expansions
Phoenix, AZ

Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA



Dubai Jebel Ali Exhibition Centre
United Arab Emirates

Songdo Conventia Convention Center
Incheon, Korea

Spokane Convention Center Expansion Spokane, WA

Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Vancouver, BC
Puerto Rico Convention Center
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Tacoma, WA

Overland Park Convention Center
Overland Park, KS

Orange County Convention Center Expansions, Phases III and IV
Orlando, FL