Richard M. Kassner


A PEI native, he graduated from Dalhousie University in 1972 with a B.Sc in Biology/Psychology, he attended the Faculty of Architecture at the Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture), graduating in 1977 with degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design.

Through the cooperative program at NSTC, work periods were spent with Stevens and Walton Architects, Orlando, Florida, and G.A. Lambros Architects, Halifax. Richard’s responsibilities included project designer, job captain, contract administrator, and construction inspector. In 1979 he gained practicing membership in The Nova Scotia Association of Architects. In 1981 he began a private practice, and in 1983 with Dan Goodspeed, co-founded Kassner/Goodspeed Associates Limited. In 1997 he became a member of The Architects Association of Prince Edward Island and in 2000 became a member of the Architects Association of New Brunswick and a Member of Construction Specifications Canada. Richard is the Managing Partner of the practice. He writes most of the Project Specifications. In over 20 years of practice Richard has developed a specialty in building envelope assessment, particularly clay and stone masonry. He has overseen several heritage renovation and restoration projects and prepared several forensic inspection reports.


A Corporate Sponsor of Solar Nova Scotia for over a decade, and a Member of Construction Specifications Canada, active at the Atlantic Chapter on the Executive Committee. He is an avid philatelist, woodworker, gardener and guitar player.


  • 2006 Construction Specifications Canada - Co-Chair of Executive Committee Atlantic Chapter.
  • 2005 Construction Specifications Canada - NSAA liaison on Executive Committee Atlantic Chapter.
  • 2001 Councilor, Nova Scotia Association of Architects (2 years)
  • 2000 Trustee on the Board of the Shaar Shalom Congregation and Chair of the Synagogue Building Committee (3 years).
  • 1995 Trustee on the Board of the Shaar Shalom Congregation and Chair of the Synagogue Building