A native of Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Richard Botume Myrick was born on December 16, 1916. He attended Harvard University, earning a degree in Fine Arts in 1938 and an M.L.A. in 1940.
Upon graduation Myrick joined the Lambert Landscaping Company in Dallas, before forming Richard B. Myrick and Associates in 1953. In 1963, Myrick designed the grounds of LBJ Ranch in Johnson City, Texas. In 1965, Myrick teamed with Lawrence Halprin to design NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas. In 1972 he did the plan for the new Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
In 1971 Myrick formed a partnership, Myrick, Newman, Dahlberg and Partners, with Gene Newman and Walter Dahlberg. The firm’s major projects included the Akard Street Mall, Central Business District streetscapes, Young Street Revitalization, Dallas City Hall, Convention Center Park, and the Reunion Redevelopment in Dallas, and work in the Guadalupe Mountains, and Big Bend National Parks and Lake Amistad, and Lake Meredith National Recreation Areas.
In 1975 Myrick began teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington, becoming director of the landscape architecture program at its establishment in 1980. Before retiring in 1988, he established the undergraduate and a graduate landscape architecture programs. He passed away in Dallas, Texas, four years later.