About Richard L. Bowen & Associates


Richard L. Bowen + Associates, Inc. is the namesake of Richard L. Bowen, who founded the firm in 1959 after his graduation from the Western Reserve University School of Architecture in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, more than sixty years later, the firm has built an impeccable reputation on a strong foundation of client service. This foundation is showcased through imaginative design, technical excellence, and proactive project management.

During its start-up decade, Bowen quickly established itself in the commercial design sector. An early local client later emerged as one of the nation's largest developers of shopping centers. Bowen subsequently designed hundreds of retail projects across the U.S. for developers and national retailers during this period and has remained a leader in retail design ever since.

Bowen transformed itself into a multi-disciplined firm by adding a full range of structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering services. Tighter integration of architectural and engineering drawings under one roof helped speed up the design process. This diversification allowed us to better meet the needs of existing clients while reaching out to a wider market, including the housing, education and government sectors.

Bowen  was quick to implement computer-aided drafting (CAD) and enjoyed significant gains in productivity and quality control. Aside from an ever-expanding portfolio of retail projects, our architects and engineers designed several high-rise office buildings during this period. Bowen also led several multi-million dollar infrastructure improvement projects for local water and sewer districts as well as the multi-year expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

During this era of increased environmental awareness, our designers adopted architectural and engineering techniques that resulted in eco-friendly designs and more energy-efficient buildings. Expanded governmental services led to our involvement in several justice and correctional projects. Late in the decade, the firm expanded its services to include construction management.

Bowen continued its commitment to sustainable design by adopting standards developed by USGBC (LEED) and the U.S. EPA (EnergyStar). We also embraced Building Information Management (BIM) as a tool for data-driven design of high performance buildings. In 2007, the firm initiated an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) when Richard L. Bowen sold 30 percent of his shares to employees.

2010s and Beyond . . .
Bowen formed a wholly owned subsidiary, R. L. Bowen Construction Management, LLC to take on at-risk construction projects. We have continued to expand our BIM and design technologies to create animated, interactive, 3-D models. In 2019, as we celebrated outr 60th anniversary, we became a 100% Employee-Owned Company. A new management structure, led by Allan Renzi as President, accompanied this transition in ownership. We also moved our design studio to The Hive, a technology hub on the Flats West Bank. We look forward to creating great designs, exploring new markets, and serving our community as employee-owners for our next 60 years and beyond.