Richard Beller

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Position Lecturer
Phone 805.756.1725
Fax 805.756.1500
Office 34-235
Office Hours M 10:00am-11:00am, W 10:00am-12:00pm

Areas of Expertise

Sustainable Architecture
Passive Solar Architecture


Richard Beller is an Architect and General Contractor with 30 years of diverse experience designing and constructing residential and commercial projects in the San Luis Obispo region. He is an adjunct faculty member at California Polytechnic State University.

Beller’s experience is unique and multi-faceted. Recent projects include Construction Manager for the San Luis Botanical Gardens Educational Facility, which was built with the help of Cuesta College students. Beller was the construction manager for Cal Poly’s 2005 third place entry in the Solar Decathlon in Washington DC. He was the project architect for San Luis Obispo Sustainability Group Architects for the Congregation Beth David Synagogue.

Beller studied music composition at UCLA, and architecture at California Polytechnic State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with honors, and earned a Master’s degree in architecture at Cal Poly with a concentration in real estate development.


Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Cal Poly
Master of Science in Architecture, Cal Poly

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, Cal Poly Architecture Department, 1998—Present
Faculty in Residence, Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center, 2007-2008


Licensed Architect in California
California General Building Contractor License


American Institute of Architects
SLO Green Build


Co-author of paper presented at American Solar Energy Society Convention in May 2008 entitled "Beth David Synagogue - A High Performance Public Green Building in San Luis Obispo, California"


Project Architect for San Luis Obispo Sustainability Group Architects for Congregation Beth David, the first LEED certified building in San Luis Obispo County and the first LEED Certified Synagogue in the US

updated 08.07.14

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