Rick Porter

Director, Master of Real Estate Development, School of Building Construction
President, Richport Properties, Inc.

Richard Porter

Rick Porter

Rick Porter began his residential development company directly out of college in 1975. Over the past 40 years, Richport has built several thousand homes in numerous communities throughout Metro Atlanta. Through subsidiary companies, Rick also has many years of experience in land development and real estate brokerage. His companies have developed over $550 Million of real estate during his career. In 2006 Rick expanded his industry involvement by accepting a Professor position in the College of Design at Georgia Tech in 2006 and became a Professor of Practice in 2016 and Initial Director of the Master of Real Estate Development program in the College of Design.

Rick’s career has been punctuated with industry leadership and environmental stewardship. He represented the development industry in negotiating side by side with representatives of the environmental community, public utilities and the State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division to develop the first successful General Permit for Stormwater Discharge under the EPA’s NPDES program in Georgia. He has developed several conservation communities that resulted in over 400 acres being placed in permanent conservation easements in favor of local and state land trusts. In 1994, Rick was recognized by the national Keep America Beautiful program for an on-site construction waste recycling program that included a recycled construction material component for the new homes. Of the limited number of Development of Excellence awards presented by the Atlanta Regional Commission for projects throughout the Atlanta region, Rick’s communities have received two—one in 2001 for his Old Suwanee traditional neighborhood community that spurred the redevelopment of Historic Old Town Suwanee, and one in 2008 for Davis Oaks urban conservation community that displayed sustainability in an urban infill setting. Rick co-chaired in 2005 the Dekalb County Infill Task Force that resulted in innovative regulatory guidelines for streetscape massing in existing neighborhoods.



  • B.S. Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.P.S Real Estate, Georgetown University



  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Professor of Practice: 2006 to present
  • Richport Properties, Inc., Owner: 1975 to present



  • Georgia Initiative for Community Housing: 2013 to present
  • Dekalb Infill Task Force: 2005 co-chair
  • NAHB: 2002 – 2003 National Vice President
  • Atlanta Regional Commission Board (ARC): 1992 – 2001
  • GA Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism Board: 1997 –1999
  • Home Builders Association of Georgia: 1999 President
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce: 1996 Chair
  • Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association: 1995 President
  • Gwinnett Council for Quality Growth: 1991 President
  • Gwinnett Development Advisory Committee: 1990 – 1991 Chairman



  • Georgia Real Estate Broker (Inactive)
  • Georgia Residential Contractor License
  • Graduate Builder Institute, NAHB
  • Residential Construction Superintendent Designation, NAHB



  • Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA)
  • Livable Communities Coalition/ULI
  • Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Advisory Board
  • Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, 2013 – present
  • National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)
  • Arbor Montessori School, 2006 – 2007
  • Council for Quality Growth
  • Gwinnett Housing Resource Partnership
  • St. Pius Athletic Association, 2011 – 2012
  • Georgia Greenspace Commission



  • 2008 Development of Excellence Award, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • 2008 Platinum Builder Award, Home Buyers Warranty
  • 2003 Inducted in the Builder Hall Of Fame, HBAG
  • 2001 Development of Excellence Award, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • 2001 Builder of the Year, Home Builders Association of Georgia
  • 1998 Diamond Builder Award, Home Buyers Warranty
  • 1997 Lewis Cenker Award
  • 1994 Build America Beautiful Award
  • 1992 Regional Leadership Institute
  • 1990 Leadership Gwinnett
  • 1989 Metro Atlanta Builder of the Year
  • 1988 Gwinnett County Builder of the Year
  • 1986 Gwinnett County Builder of the Year



  • Running
  • Scuba
  • Competition Aerobatic Flying