Richard Alomar, RLA
Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University
SESSION 11A: The Impacts of Racism on the Built Environment
Richard Alomar is an associate professor and Rutgers Department Chair of Landscape Architecture. He also serves as associate director of the Office of Urban Extension and Engagement and is a registered landscape architect. He has worked on public projects ranging in scale from urban planning to community gardens and has won international competitions for landscape designs. The office coordinates and facilitates programming to address food security, individual and community health, resource stewardship, urban agriculture and food chains, environmental planning and design, and other concerns facing our state’s urban communities. In 2019, Alomar became involved with a partnership in Las Carolinas, Puerto Rico, in which the community’s residents are collaborating with University of Puerto Rico, RWJBarnabas Health, and Rutgers to build resilience following the devastation brought by hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. Alomar’s role has centered around helping the residents develop a vegetable garden on the site of a volunteer-run community kitchen.
Alomar has an undergraduate degree in agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and a master’s in landscape architecture degree from Louisiana State University. Before joining Rutgers, he was an associate at Stantec Planning and Landscape Architecture and senior associate at di Domenico + Partners.