As a producer and director of architecture documentaries, Rick brings his experience as an architect to educate and make the public aware of the importance and the value of architectural design. He has produced and directed over ninety short documentaries, mostly on architecture-related subjects. Many of these can be seen at www.ArchiDocu.com, at www.architectureawareness.com and have been published by Cultural Weekly.
In 2016 he spent five months in Israel, during which he produced seven short documentaries. They were condensed into two, The City that Never Sleeps, and Jerusalem Journal, which were later screened to the public. His classes on “How to Look at Architecture” at the Skirball Cultural Center during 2018, and 2019 included many of his films. During April-May of 2017 and 2018, he gave an eight-week class at OLLI/CSULB on “How to Look at Architecture” presenting twenty-six documentaries produced and directed by him. By popular demand, new he gave new films on Paris, Berlin, Rome, art and architecture were presented in 2019.
As a photographer, Rick has also documented over one hundred Frank Lloyd Wright buildings (see The Wright Way – An Overture) as well as numerous landmarks of contemporary architecture in Europe and The Americas. He is a winner of an Honor Award in Photography from the American Institute of Architects. Some of his 2018 selected photography can be seen in www.archidocu.com/photography-selected-photography-2018
Rick was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started his studies of architecture at the University of Buenos Aires, continued at Israel’s Technion and spent seven formative years in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a Doctor of Architecture degree from the University of Rome. He earned a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from U.C.L.A. and is also a LEED Accredited Professional. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.
Together with wife Ruth, also an architect and urban farmer, the Meghiddos had lived and worked in Rome, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and Long Beach. Their architectural practice has been consistently innovative, socially-oriented, environmentally responsible, budget-conscious and aesthetic. Their work has been published by professional magazines, books, and cultural websites.
His passion for cinema runs in parallel to his love for architecture since his student’s days. His interest in multiple disciplines has led him to be a published poet, an essayist, an artist, and a real estate broker. At the Technion, he taught architectural design and coordinated research on artificial islands and taught history of architecture at the University of California, Irvine. In 2003 he was selected by the Mayor of Long Beach, Beverly O’Neill, as Board Member of the city’s Redevelopment Agency (2003-2007.)