Rick Cowlishaw currently lives in Ajijic, Mexico with his wife Wanda. He has been an architect in Colorado and several other states. He specialized in energy efficient and passive solar homes. Rick later worked for the State of Colorado in the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation where he headed up the residential section. Cowlishaw created the Colorado Green Program for the state. This was adopted by the Denver Homebuilders Association as the Built-Green program and spread to other areas of the state. Later the National Homebuilders Association adopted the Green Program which led to 38 states in the US adopting of similar green programs. Since that time he has worked as a design consultant in a new type of housing called Cohousing. He has lived in Cohousing for 14 years. Rick brings to Rancho La Salud his knowledge of passive solar architecture, green building, self-sufficiency and building community.