Richard studied Architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art (Heriot-Watt University) where he graduated in 1998. He gained ARB validation and RIBA membership in 2000.
He initially joined HPA immediately after leaving Edinburgh, and spent three years working for Mike Harrison and Dennis Pitt. He then spent four years at Mason Gillibrand Architects, before returning to Harrison Pitt as a director in 2005.
Richard enjoys creating both practical and innovative designs, and has great experience working with many different building types. He has also had work featured in the Architect’s Journal.
Richard’s areas of specialism include formulating concept designs for the practice’s larger projects, master-planning and aspects of planning work. He generally leads on the office’s leisure and housing projects, and has a particular interest in working on historic and listed buildings.
Outside the office, Richard has served as the President of LAWSA (the local Branch of the RIBA) for nine years between 2003 and 2012. He is currently a member of the RIBA National Council and is the Chair elect of the RIBA North West Region. Richard is also a member of the RIBA’s National Planning Group and is also an Associate Member of the RTPI.
Outside work Richard has travelled widely. He plays in a band and also enjoys trail running and spending time with his family.