Irv Richter – An Innovator, A Pioneer, A Leader (1944 – 2024)


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Irvin E. Richter founded and ultimately chaired and served as CEO of Hill International from its founding in 1976 until his retirement in 2014. Richter was an innovator, pioneering services such as Construction Claims, The Project Neutral® (an alternative to construction litigation), and Project Management Oversight (PMO), which became an industry standard for project monitoring.

Under Richter’s leadership, Hill became one of the top-10 largest project management firms and managed the construction of such notable projects such as the U.S. Supreme Court Building modernization, the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, the World Trade Center Site

Downtown Restoration Program in Manhattan, and the creation of Palm Jumeriah and World Islands in the Persian Gulf among many others.

Richter was an expert in construction contracts and claims and was personally involved in many of the most significant construction projects in the world including the Channel Tunnel (UK to France), EPCOT, the Reliance Oil Refinery (India), Athens Metro (Greece), the Petronas Twin Towers (Malaysia), Washington Metro, and the Alaska Gas Pipeline, to name a few. He served on the Construction Claims Oversight Committee of the Channel Tunnel and was actively sought as an expert, international arbitrator, mediator, and neutral party by many of the leading participants in the industry. He was also Chairman & CEO of Gibbs & Hill, a worldwide power and transportation engineering firm.

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Richter also served on numerous boards and contributed to several industry organizations. This included serving as a member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO), the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University, the Board of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the Board of Governors of Temple University Hospital, and the National Board of Directors of the ACE Mentor Program.

His many honors included being a Distinguished Alumnus of Wesleyan University and Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, a Fellow by the CMAA for his contributions to the construction management industry, and a member the Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame.

Richter leaves a legacy of assisting clients around the world to successfully manage their boldest, most ambitious projects, mentoring numerous professionals who have grown into industry leaders, and founding a company dedicated to delivering the infrastructure of change.