Richard trained as an architect at the Bartlett School, UCL, where he first discovered his lifelong affinity with Modernism and in particular the refined simplicity of Mies van der Rohe. Upon graduating it was therefore a natural step to accept an offer to join the fledgling practice of Conran Roche (now Conran & Partners), created by Sir Terence Conran and the architects responsible for designing Central Milton Keynes, who were similarly inspired by Mies.
During his 26 years with Conran, Richard honed an architectural approach based on rational analysis, attention to detail, studied proportions and appropriate materials. At the same time his work was founded on the Conran belief that good design improves the quality of life. Being part of the wider Conran group of retail, restaurant and hotel companies also gave him first-hand experience of brand development and the successful creation of lifestyle projects.
In his early professional period, projects included the award-winning Design Museum, for which he was Project Architect, and the Addison Wesley Longman office HQ in Harlow; at the time the UK’s highest scoring BREEAM building, for which he was Project Director. Richard went on to lead the Conran team of architects, interior, graphic and product designers for 17 years, working on a wide array of projects, with particular focus on the residential and hospitality sectors.
Richard was instrumental in developing Conran & Partners international reputation, working on projects in 15 countries that ranged in scale from a 20-hectare masterplan, high rise residential and office towers, to individual restaurants, hotels, clubs, and apartments. He worked particularly extensively in Japan where his notable project highlights included Ark Hills Club, Roppongi Hills, Futako Tamagawa Rise, Niki Club, and Conran Shops in Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
Since leaving Conran in 2010 and co-founding Doone Silver Kerr, Richard has continued to evolve his design ethos across architecture and interiors projects. These include a residential building at 63 Compton Street in Clerkenwell, a return to a former Conran project at Michelin House, where he re-designed the forecourt oyster bar, and two residential buildings in Leeds comprising 300 apartments. Most recently he has also returned to working in Japan and is currently designing a 17-storey hotel in Mishima and apartment interiors in Tokyo.