A registered Architect and Sculptor, Mr. Bertman was educated at Harvard University (B.A. 1956), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.Arch. 1961), and the University of California at Berkeley (M. Arch 1965). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a founding Principal of CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc., a Boston architectural firm. He formally taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center, and has been a visiting critic at Harvard, M.I.T., and Tuskegee Institute. He is past president of the Boston Society of Architects and has been honored as a designated Boston Landmark by the City of Boston. He has served as a member of many national and regional design juries. His architectural office has been the recipient of over 200 design awards during the last 40 years. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America.” In 2004, he was the recipient of the Boston Society of Architects highest individual Award of Honor. In 2007 he was one of the first inductees in the newly-created New England Design Hall of Fame.
Richard Bertman has worked in the medium of welded steel and carved wood sculpture for 45 years. His early work was exhibited in the Worth Ryder Museum at the University of California in 1965 and in the Fitchburg, Framingham, and Worcester Museums as part of the “Search for Young Talent” juried exhibit sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities in 1966/67. The effort of starting and developing an architecture practice resulted in his working privately for many years, but in 1988, he began showing his work again.