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Richard Avelar

Architect, General Contractor, Founder, Principal
and President

Founded RA&A in 1976

Richard Avelar

Areas of Expertise

  • Litigation support
  • Expert witness services
  • Forensic investigation
  • Code compliance review
  • Construction documentation
  • Building performance evaluation
  • Repair specifications
  • Contract administration


  • Developed an articulated architecture program for UC Berkeley and Cal Poly while an instructor at Chabot College (1974-1983)
  • Course instruction for:
    • Structural Systems for Buildings
    • Architectural Drafting Principals
    • Construction Materials and Methods
    • Introduction to the Architectural Profession
    • Architecture in the Community
    • Construction Cost Estimating

Degrees and Designations

  • NCARB Licensed Architect
  • BA and Master’s degrees in Architecture from UC Berkeley
  • Licensed Architect in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and Texas
  • California Licensed General Contractor – Class A & Class B
  • California Community College Teaching Credential
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association
  • Member American Institute of Architects (AIA)