Meet Rodman Ricketts

Rodman joined GFF Planning one week ago today and we hope that he is enjoying his time here thus far. We thank him for being a good sport, answering our questions below and letting us learn more about him.

1.       You hail from Tyler, Texas originally. After spending 3 years in the Northeast, what do you look forward to the most in returning to the Lone Star state?

My home town is Lindale, Texas, a small town (population 4,800) outside of Tyler.  After several years living in New York and Washington, DC, my wife Becky and I are looking forward to being closer to our families and eating real Texas BBQ again.

2.       What’s in a name? We’d love to know more about being named Rodman and where the surname Ricketts originates.

Rodman is my mom’s family name, and I have many aunts, uncles and cousins with the last name Rodman.  I’m not sure about the origin of the name Ricketts, but I believe it is English.  My father is from Lafayette, Louisiana, and I am part Cajun — which means that my favorite food to cook and eat is Cajun-style gumbo.

3.       You’ve lived DC and your wife works as a lawyer and judicial clerk. What is your favorite building or space that you’ve visited in the US Capitol?

I’d have to say the East Wing of the National Gallery, designed by I.M. Pei.  I grew up occasionally visiting the Meyerson Symphony Center here in Dallas, and Pei is one of my favorite architects.

4.       What do you like to spend time doing when you aren’t architectin’? What music do you have currently stuck on repeat?

I love hiking, being outdoors, and sailing my Flying Scot sailboat.  I enjoy reading history (I’m currently working my way through Robert Caro’s series on LBJ), and I mostly listen to Baroque music.  Since I married Becky, I find myself listening to a lot more Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton, though.

5.       Share one aspiration for your new life in Dallas. (this doesn’t have to be dramatically answered….

We would like to live in an interesting neighborhood and make new friends.