Meet RWA

Our firm’s modest history dates back to the founding of two separate well-respected Nevada architecture firms, nearly two decades ago.  Richardson Wetzel Architects LLC was formed in 2014, the teaming of Mike’s firm (established 2005), and Steve’s firm (established 1997), along with their talented staff.  Both principals’ primary experience focuses on commercial projects of all types and sizes, both public and private.

Steven A. Richardson, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C Principal Architect, Richardson Wetzel Architects LLC


Cal Poly Pomona,

California, ‘75-’77

Architectural Studies

Phoenix Institute of Technology,

Arizona, ‘78

Architectural Technology

Professional Registration

Nevada, No: 3456

Utah, No: 6330689-0301

Colorado, No: 402740



AIA, American Institute of Architects, Past Director

USGBC, Member

Construction Specifications Institute, Local Chapter, Founding Member



Since moving to Las Vegas in 1980 Steve has worked to expand his portfolio of experience to include a diverse array of projects for recreational, institutional, educational, and hospitality clients.  Recent public work includes projects for the City of Elko, Clark County and McCarran International Airport.  He concluded tasks related to the Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design for Elko’s New Recreation Facility, a 50,000 s.f. building; the 225,000 s.f. re-roof of McCarran’s A/B and ARFF Buildings, the assessment of 66 buildings for Clark County’s Ozone Depletion Program; Shade Structures for 4 Clark County Parks; the Desert Breeze Restroom Arson Repair and Roof Ladders for 30 Clark County owned buildings.

Other work includes the South Hall Renovation and Remodel, Las Vegas Convention Center, a project valued at $250 Million; a campus master plan for the Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 525 including LEED Assessment Feasibility, three buildings in 46,000 SF; and more than 60 projects at McCarran International Airport including the D Gates.

Steve employs two management techniques to establish, inspire and lead a project team:

Communications Management - Team directories, correspondence, reports, drawings, schedules and meeting minutes are written, published and available to authorized parties to ensure team members, stakeholders, agency staff and other identified interested parties are kept informed throughout the project.

Schedule Management  - translated to a Work Plan, the scope of work is detailed in a list of tasks, critical decision points, deliverables, responsibilities, meetings, presentations and public reviews to establish process controls and monitoring cycles ensuring requirements are being met.  The Work Plan, integral with a developed schedule, is reviewed and updated weekly and monthly during the course of the project through the series of project meetings.

Committed to quality and cost control Steve monitors the progress of the design documents at appropriate intervals and communicates design information that allows a “check and balance” of project goals.  He is responsible for ensuring quality and consistency, client satisfaction and project success in each phase of work through the firm’s documented QA/QC procedures.  He is the Principal responsible for code analysis, technical issues related to life, safety and health and performs construction phase services.

Representative Projects

Pump Stations 25, 27 and 29 Henderson, NV
LVCVA South Hall Expansion and Renovation
AC Chiller and Ozone Depletion Program, 66 Clark County owned buildings
A/B Gates and ARFF Re-Roof McCarran International Airport
Ritchie Bros. Pre-Manufactured Metal Building, Apex, NV
Big Town Mechanical Headquarters 3-story office and production facility
Ground Services Equipment Building, McCarran International Airport, Land side
Ground Services Equipment Building Washrack Facility and Roadway McCarran International Airport

Michael E. Wetzel, AIA, NCARB Principal Architect, Richardson Wetzel Architects LLC


1999 - Masters of Architecture, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

1993 - Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Professional Registration

State of Nevada, No: 4844

State of Utah, No: 6344529

State of New York, No: 031852

State of Arizona, No: 50300

State of Georgia, No: RA014008

State of Missouri, No: A-2014030721

State of Hawaii, No: AR-17361



AIA, American Institute of Architects

NCARB, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards



2003-2004 Third Year Interior Design Studio, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

2001-2002 Second Year Interior Design Studio, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

1989-1990 Technical Sketching, Community College of Southern Nevada

Mike has provided professional architectural and design services for all types of award winning industrial and commercial facilities ranging in construction cost from a few thousand to over $12 million.  In the past 20 years of service, Mike’s diverse experience has included institutional, public, and private work totaling over $900 million in construction costs. Known for high quality design, project management, construction contract administration and scheduling skills, Mike has completed numerous renovation and new construction projects for repeat clients.

He is responsible for developing a thorough understanding of needs and expectations to complete project design documents. Additionally, Mike implements process goals and controls to ensure expectations and requirements will be met and he monitors processes to ensure success. He believes that improving processes to ensure exemplary service are necessary and operates a positive feedback process for quality delivery of architectural services.

The following projects showcase Mike’s design and management talent:

  • Terrible Herbst Travel Center in Jean, NV:   a 50,000 s.f. retail center on a 9.1 acre master plan.
  • Nevada State Bank (multiple locations throughout Las Vegas Valley, NV:   a 8,000 s.f. bank institution building on an average 2 acre parcel.
  • Sundance Helicopters Passenger Terminal & Operations facility at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV:   a 13,000 s.f. remodel in a portion of an existing aircraft hangar and office building.
  • Desert View Regional Medical Center Master Plan in Pahrump, NV:   a 35,000 s.f. medical office building in a 3.26 acre campus master plan.
  • Peter Lik Fine Art Photography Headquarters in Las Vegas, NV:  a 30,000 s.f. facility to provide photo developing, framing services, shipping and storage.
  • DeLuca Liquor Warehouse in North Las Vegas, NV:  a 157,000 s.f. concrete tilt-up expansion for distribution and corporate and sales offices, meeting rooms, a high-bay warehouse for conveying systems and refrigerated storage.

Representative Projects


Summerlin Medical Building II
Centennial Hills MOB
Shadow Lane MOB
Goldring Medical Plaza
Desert Springs Medical Plaza
Desert View Medical Center
Pahrump Dialysis
Tech Center Dialysis

Retail and Hospitality:

Primm Center Truck Stop
Terrible Herbst
Speedee Mart
Poly Esther’s Night Club
Race & Sports Book Bar
Center Bar

Commercial and Office:

Horizon Ridge Office Suites
Dakem Office Expansion
Nevada State Bank
Zions Bank