Richard C. McCarthy, AIA,is a principal with Burnidge Cassell Associates, where he serves as a library architect and leads BCA's library design team. He has built, remodeled, and renovated numerous libraries. He is a popular speaker on library building and renovation issues at conferences of the Public Library Association, American Library Association and Illinois Library Association. He is also the author of Designing Better Libraries. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois and recently led a successful referendum campaign for Gail Borden's new 150,000 square foot library facility.