Mr. Ralph Bicknese, AIA

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow, Principal,
Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, LLC

Contact Details

Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, LLC
Maplewood, MO


Ralph C. Bicknese, AIA, LEED AP is a nationally recognized practitioner of sustainable design and is a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects. H+B provides architectural, planning and consulting services centered on sustainable solutions that enhance and enrich life.

Mr. Bicknese has been involved in dozens of projects seeking certification under the LEED green building rating system including the first LEED-CS Gold building and first LEED-CI building in Nevada; the Torre Aristos office building and hotel in El Salvador; and the Living Learning Center for Washington University in St. Louis which is among the first two buildings in the world (simultaneously) certified under the stringent Living Building Challenge.

Mr. Bicknese is an architect, a member of the AIA, and a LEED AP with BD+C specialty. He served five years on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council - St. Louis where he held several positions including Chair, currently serves as the chapter’s Green School Advocate, served on two Greenbuild Session Selection Committees, the Greenbuild 2005 Program Committee, serves on the USGBC Haiti Advisory Panel, initiated, helped organize and facilitate the Katrina Charrettes at Greenbuild 2005, was a contributor to The New Orleans Principles, and was involved in follow up outreach. Mr. Bicknese advocates for green building legislation to local, state and federal legislators; is a member of the UM-St. Louis Environmental Committee; St. Louis Learns and Leads; is an Executive Committee Member of The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, Vice Chairman of the SMaRT Sustainable Building Product Standards Committee; served on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s Home Building and Residential Energy Efficiency Panel and helped initiate the Green School Caucus in the Missouri legislature.

Job History

Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
January 2003 - present

U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter
January 2002 - present


  • Analysis of Alternates / Substitutions
  • Architectural Design
  • Bid Evaluation
  • Bidding / Negotiation
  • Building Measurement
  • Code Compliance
  • Construction Documentation: Drawings
  • Construction Documentation: Specifications
  • Construction Procurement
  • Contract Administration
  • Coordination of Designated Services
  • Cost Estimating
  • Demolition Services / Planning
  • Design-Build
  • Detailed Site Utilization Studies
  • Economic Feasibility Studies
  • Energy Analysis and Design
  • Existing Facilities Surveys
  • Facility Evaluation Services
  • Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment Installation Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • Indoor Air Quality Consulting
  • Interior Design
  • LEED Certification Services
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Lighting Design
  • Owner-Supplied Data Coordination
  • Programming
  • Record Drawing
  • Renderings
  • Schedule Development / Monitoring
  • Site Analysis and Selection
  • Site Development Planning
  • Space Planning
  • Space Schematics / Flow Diagrams
  • Special Building Type Consultation
  • Special Furnishings Design
  • Strategic Facility Planning
  • Submittal Services
  • Sustainable Building Design
  • Urban Design Services
  • Value Analysis


  • Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)
  • American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)
  • Global Green
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)