RICHARD JOST

The Architect
Richard Jost is an award-winning architect and building contractor who has been working in Southern New Mexico since 1985, building handcrafted residences, retreats, and special projects for discerning clients in the Sacramento Mountains.  Using an integrated design-and-build approach with a small, dedicated crew, Richard is known for his highly personal style of working collaboratively with clients, allowing their visions to evolve into a design and into being.
Richard Jost grew up in Bakersfield, California, where he built his first house at age 19.  He was then recruited to the University of Houston on a basketball scholarship, and played for two years with the U of H Cougars under coach Guy Lewis.  In 1966 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and honorably discharged in 1967 as a Vietnam Veteran.  He completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 1970 and began work as an independent architect and contractor in the State of Texas.  Unwilling to choose between swinging a hammer or pushing a pencil, he adopted an integrated design-and-build approach to architecture which has persisted to this day.
Through the years, Richard Jost has completed projects in California, Vermont, Texas, and New Mexico, some of which have earned international recognition, including design work now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, NY.
Richard Jost lives in Mountain Park with his wife, Karen and has two daughters, Manda and Sarah.
Richard Jost
Richard Jost

Publications

  • Progressive Architecture. Jun/1969
  • Progressive Architecture. National Design Citation. Jan. 1973
  • Progressive Architecture. Jun/1973
  • “House of the Century”, Progressive Architecture, Mar. 1973
  • Playboy. Dec/1973
  • Playboy. Mar. 1981
  • Playboy. Sept/2010
  • The Hollywood Reporter. Dec/1981
  • Texas Homes, “Houston’s Extraordinary Space-Age Media Room”. Nov./Dec. 1979
  • ULTRA Magazine,“Space-Age Space”. Nov. 1983
  • Bell Magazine (Australia), “The Techno-Marvellous Media Room”, Cover. Jan./Feb. 1980
  • New Mexico Designer/Builder, “Back to the Future”. Dec./Jan. 1994/1995
  • Domus, “Ant Farm as by germano Celant”.May 1973 / March 2011
  • Dwell Magazine (cover photo), “Radical Ideas in Architecture”. July/August 2006
  • CNN STYLE, How the 1960s and 1970s inspired radical architecture. May 2018

THE HOUSE OF THE CENTURY

Angleton, Texas – 1972
Radical ferrocement retreat designed and built by Richard Jost and Ant Farm, completed in 1972 near Angleton, Texas. The House of the Century received an award citation from Progressive Architecture in 1973, and the original drawings are now in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, NY.
HOC, view from Mojo Lake
HOC, view from Mojo Lake

THE MEDIA ROOM

Houston, Texas – 1981
The Media Room, also known as the Allen Teleport, was designed and developed by Richard Jost and Doug Michaels as a home entertainment suite for a Houston investment banker.
Media Room, also known as Teleportation Unit.
Media Room, also known as Teleportation Unit.

KOLB RETREAT

Waller, Texas – 1983
This was Richard’s first commissioned home after the House of the Century. During this phase of his career, he spent most of his work days in a top-floor architect’s office in downtown Houston, but continued searching for ways to leave the city behind in favor of rural serenity and clean country air.
Kolb Retreat, Waller, Texas.
Kolb Retreat, Waller, Texas.

JOST RESIDENCE

Home of Richard Jost’s family -1986
Four-level home built in one year by Richard Jost, Guy Smith, and assorted friends. Sun room on south side provides solar heat, supplemented by wood stove in basement.  MCM office continues to this day on the top level.
Richard Jost's Residence, Mountain Park, New Mexico
Richard Jost’s Residence, Mountain Park, New Mexico

BROTHERS RESIDENCE

Russia canyon, New Mexico – 1990
Designed and built for an award-winning screenwriter, who upon visiting the Jost residence, said “Build me one like this!”  This design was altered to suit the client’s needs — with a library, sauna, and a deck on every floor. Built on 100 acres backed by National Forest in Russia Canyon, NM.
Brothers Residence, Russia Canyon, New Mexico
Brothers Residence, Russia Canyon, New Mexico

off the grid

Mountain Park, New Mexico – 1998
Designed as an energy-independent “off the grid” Y2K retreat for a San Francisco dot.com — now owned by a PIXAR animator.
Off the Grid
Off the Grid

MEDITATION PYRAMID

Point Reyes, California – 1999
An aesthetically unique project prefabricated in Mountain Park, New Mexico and installed at Point Reyes, California.

 

Meditation Pyramid, Completed on site.
Meditation Pyramid, Completed on site.

Iron Gate Retreat

Iron Gate Subdivision, NM. – 2002
A two level retreat featuring an interior waterfall.
Iron Gate Retreat.
Iron Gate Retreat.

Jones residence

Sullivan Canyon, New Mexico – 2003
Features a massive stone fireplace with a window in the center.
Jones Residence
Jones Residence

Running Deer retreat

Piney Woods Subdivision, New Mexico – 2004
Two-bedroom, three-level retreat built as a spec project in the mountains of New Mexico.
Running Deer Retreat
Running Deer Retreat

SILVER FOX

Mountain Park, New Mexico – 2005
A two-level, off-the-grid retreat designed to house a small pipe organ in the loft.  Built for (and with) the architect’s daughter.
Silver Fox, Mountain Park, New Mexico. Hillside location view.
Silver Fox, Mountain Park, New Mexico. Hillside location view.

alta vista

High Rolls, New Mexico – 2006
A highly contemporary residential design, the first of its kind in Richard’s career.
Alta Vista, High Rolls, New Mexico. View from the deck.
Alta Vista, High Rolls, New Mexico. View from the deck.

Luna de plata

High Rolls, New Mexico – 2007
Hilltop home with a 360 degree view.
Luna de Plata, New Mexico, during Winter.
Luna de Plata, New Mexico, during Winter.

Frye retreat

Young Canyon, New Mexico – 2010
Unique home design with a deck separating the sleeping quarters from the rest of the house.
Frye Retreat
Frye Retreat

SKYSTREAM TURBINE

Mountain park, new mexico – 2010
The Installation of a Skystream wind generator at Richard Jost’s Residence.
Skystream Turbine.
Skystream Turbine.

QUILTING STUDIO

IRON GATE, New Mexico – 2011
A home studio for an award winning quilt artist.
Quilting Studio, North Elevation.
Quilting Studio, North Elevation.

THE SKYPAD

Mountain Park, New Mexico – 2015
SkyPad is a hilltop naked-eye observatory, situated in southern New Mexico, surrounded by National Forest, at an elevation of over 7,500 feet.  It is aligned to Polaris and has a staircase angle of 33 degrees, which makes the entire structure functional as a sundial.
Skypad Observatory, Mountain Park, New Mexico
Skypad Observatory, Mountain Park, New Mexico

Richard Jost

Architect
 
MASTER CONTRUCTION MANAGMENT, INC
MASTER CONTRUCTION MANAGMENT, INC
(575) 682-2718
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P.O. Box 222, Mountain Park, NM  88325