Richard C. (Rik) Master | U.S. Green Building Council
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Richard C. (Rik) Master

  • AP-Homes Certified

Richard C. (Rik) Master, AIA, is a Research Architect with over 40 years in
the science of buildings and is currently Sr. Manager, Sustainability for USG
Corporation. His responsibilities include sustainable guidance, technical
support, environmental research, and documentation. While at USG, Rik spend
16 years in Corporat Sustainability and Building Science. Before that he
spend 17 years at the USG Research Center in the development of several
building systems, including the Structocare Security System, Learning
Demountable Wall System, and the Light Steel Framing Manual (details,
specifications and installation instructions). He developed and wrote USG
ACTION an integrated technical information retrieval software package for the
construction professional which evolved into the current technical website . Rik is active in several AIA Professional Interest
Areas and former Chair of AIA’s Specifications and Building Technology PIA,
AIA Educational Advisory Committee, AIA Initiative for Architectural Research
Advisory Council, Founder & Former Chair of the Building Envelope Council of
Chicago, the 2008 President of the AIA – Chicago, and currently a member of
the USGBC’s EQ Technical Advisory Group (TAG 2010-2014), CSI’s Technical
Committee (2010-2013), and AIA Illinois Board member (2010 – 2014). Prior
to joining USG, Rik was a principle in an Architectural firm specializing in
Energy Efficient Design/High Performance Buildings and still lives in a
‘Passive Design’ home he designed and built in 1979 which remains 70%
off-the-grid. He is an avid outdoorsman (Naturalist) & musician who enjoys
motorcycling, horseback riding, and downhill skiing. Rik can be contacted by
E-mail at, Phone 312-436-4137 or Fax 312.214.6785.
“Life is short, so I don’t read novels, as I live one!”