Graduating from the University of Houston, Richard Phan began working with PJZ architects and the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture. His term with Peter Jay Zweig enabled him to practice in a wide range of design scales from self-sustaining off the grid bathroom systems for the President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroy,
to a master planning project for President José Ramos-Horta of Timor Leste and his 100 guards. In 2007, Richard Phan was apart of a design team, PJZ Architects, whom received the best residential award in Texas for the SKYBOX: Living on the Edge from the AIAS award committee. Richard further continued his exploration in design through research grants awarded through the University of Houston. In 2011, Richard began classes at Columbia University in the MSAAD program to articulate his past knowledge and research gained through his career and research explorations. Most recently his work in design studio has led him to an interest in master planning and housing design.