Richard Payne, FAIA is a former practicing architect and one of the most respected, experienced, and widely published photographers of architecture in the United States. Known nationally for his work for leading architects, designers, contractors and corporations, he has completed assignments throughout the US, as well as projects in Australia, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Amy Claire Ladner has a master degree in architecture from the University of Houston and extensive experience with digital software technology. She has worked closely with Richard Payne for over ten years in the studio and on assignment.

Partial Client List:  Philip Johnson / Alan Ritchie Architects, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects, Gwathmey Siegel Architects, MItchell Giurgola Architects, (MGA Partners), Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, Michael Graves Associates, Arquitectonica, Ricardo Bofill Associates, Gensler, PGAL, SHW Group, Taft Architects, Kendall Heaton Architects, Walter P. Moore Associates, Judson Design, Zale Corporation, HINES, Linbeck Construction, Pepper Lawson Construction, Camarata Masonry Systems, Hardin Construction,  Manhattan Construction, Houston Downtown District, Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas and Houston, University of Houston,Texas Historical Commission,Texas Historical Association.

Publications: In addition to frequent publication in major US architectural journals, Richard has provided the photography in the following books:

“Johnson / Burgee Architecture”  Random House, 1979
“Philip Johnson / John Burgee Architecture 1979 – 1983”  Rizzoli 1985
“Landmarks of Texas Architecture”  University of Texas Press, 1986
“Historic Galveston”  Herring Press, l985
“The Woodlands”  The Woodlands Corporation, 1994
“Historic Quincy Architecture”  Herring Press, 1986
“Guerrero Viejo”  Anchorage Press, 1997
“Aspiration”  Birmingham Historical Society, 2000
“The Architecture of Philip Johnson”  Bullfinch Press, 2001:
“Texas Towns and the Art of Architecture”  The Texas Historical Association, 2006

Exhibitions:  Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Laguna Gloria, Austin, Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, College of Architecture, University of Houston, American Institute of Architects, Houston, Alliance Francaise, Houston

Teaching Experience: Adjunct Faculty College of Architecture, University of Houston, Texas A&M  University, and Professional Photographers of America. Lectures and seminars on design awards submittals, and architectural photographic marketing. Photographic workshops and active participation in the Houston AIA continuing education program.


1983  Texas Tech University Distinguished Alumni
1984  Houston Chapter American Institute of Architects Artist and Craftsman Award
1992  Elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects
1994  AIA Houston President’s Citation
2011  Texas Society of Architects John Flowers Award for Contribution to Architecture Through the Media
2012  Houston Design Center Lifetime Achievement Award