Rick Toyne has been a practicing architect since 1982. He opened his one-man firm in Milwaukee in 1990 specializing in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects. He began Environmental Design Studio in Door County in 1994, where he works with homeowners, small-business owners, and community organizations to develop building designs that are user-friendly, functional, energy-efficient, cost-effective, and appropriate to Door County’s unique and fragile environment.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University, where he spent 9 months as Assistant Director of the Appropriate Technology Program designing and building solar greenhouses and assisting local homeowners with energy retrofits. He also spent two years in the Environment-Behavior Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee doing facility programming for local organizations, architectural field research, and co-authored HOLDING ON TO HOME, a design guide for elderly care facilities, which won a Progressive Architecture research award.
He works out of his home office on a private nature preserve north of Sturgeon Bay.