George Gregory “Greg” Richards, 55, of Sandy Springs died Friday, December 27, 2013. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Friday at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta. There will be a private burial at Kennesaw Memorial Park. Few things gave Greg a greater sense of purpose than his practice of architecture, a craft he pursued with the highest standards of professionalism and quality. He began working at Bradfield Associates thirty-five years ago and rose quickly through the ranks as Production Manager, Studio Director, and then as a Principal of Bradfield, Richards and Associates, Architects Inc. in October of 1991. Within this long career, he graduated with High Honor from the great Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, and then achieved what few very interns accomplish – passing the licensing exam on his first attempt! He was registered to practice in five states, and became a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Council of American Building Officials, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Southern Building Code Congress, the Society for College and University Planning, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and served as a past Board member of the Georgia Asbestos Licensing Board. Design Awards are too numerous to list herein, yet included an Award of Merit from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and five NAHRO Awards for Design Excellence. Greg’s practice spanned a variety of clients including colleges and universities, housing authorities, non-profits, resort residential, military, commercial developers, and many churches. Literally thousands of family’s lives were bettered by the firm’s relentless focus on modernizing the nation’s public housing inventory under his direction. Along the way, he stressed the importance of exceptional design including the parameters of both budget and schedule, and was highly creative in his search for workable solutions. He served the firm in various capacities including design, project management, and construction administration while accumulating many client friendships that have lasted for over thirty years. But much more importantly, Greg engaged in architecture the way it should be practiced. Borrowing words from one of his close colleagues, he practiced with unwavering pride, integrity, fairness, reasonableness, and positivity of purpose. Clearly the profession is poorer today because of this loss. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Alison Bradfield Richards of Sandy Springs; two sons, Paul Gregory Richards and Ashley of Sandy Springs, Christopher Bradfield Richards of Sandy Springs; mother, Joyce Ann Richards of Marietta; sister, Kimberly Denmark and her husband, Michael of Loganville; several nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made in memory of Greg to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3715 Northside Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30327 or www.lls.org. Family will receive friends 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 770-428-1511.