Life at Able City: Spotlight on Community Builder Ricardo Solis

At Able City, we believe in the power of community and the importance of each individual’s contribution to our mission. This month, we’re spotlighting Ricardo Solis, a Principal at Able City.


Ricardo Solis, Principal at Able City

Meet Ricardo Solis

Ricardo—or Ric as he’s known to us—manages all the offices and ensures our team functions at its best. But Ric is more than just a manager; he’s a vital part of our community.


Beyond the Office

When he’s not at Able City, Ric finds joy and inspiration in the rhythm and harmony of live performances. Ric’s other passion is exploring different breweries and wineries. He’s fascinated by the process of making wine and beer. But his most important role? Being a dad. Even though his children are older, he dedicates much time to being there for them. He’s also there for his two spoiled fur-children, Morgan and Harley.


Journey to Able City

Ric’s journey to Able City started with Hickey Peña Architects prior to the firm’s merger with Frank Architects. “It was interesting because it was like having blended families. Two groups, each used to doing things their way, came together to create a new identity. It wasn’t about doing things this way or that, but finding a new path—the Able City way.” The challenge of blending and adapting ultimately led to a stronger, more unified team. Able City really is greater than the sum of its parts



Every superhero has a superpower, and Ric is no exception. His superpower his ability to manage and lead our team effectively keeps our world spinning in time. A skill he developed over many years, it’s a crucial part of what makes Able City successful.


A Message from Rick

“At Able City, we’re more than just an architectural firm. We’re a community dedicated to improving our cities’ quality of life. We listen, adapt, and respond to the community’s needs. That’s what makes us different.” 


EXTRA: In his words

“In high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to be. My dad wanted me to be an engineer, but I knew I had a very artistic and creative side that would not be satisfied being a Petroleum engineer. I didn’t even think about architecture because I didn’t grow up in that world. When I applied to architecture school and got in it was wild because I felt I was behind all the other students. After all, they had prior knowledge I needed to have. But I stuck with it, and I’m glad I did. Every day, I do something different. Two days are ever the same—that’s what I love about what we do. We’re in the business of being creative. We’re working on projects that will make a difference not only for us but for future generations. It’s great that we’re doing this now in San Antonio and the Valley—our most recently opened office locations. It’s Able City.



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