Richard achieved a First Class honours degree in Civil Engineering in the early 1990’s. Despite graduating during a deep recession he gained employment with AMEC and worked on site in the Cotswolds building a new motorway viaduct. The photographs below show some of the stages of work from the piled foundations to the concrete supports for the bridge deck, work carried out in all weathers!
Richard then moved to central London where he worked as a Structural Engineer in a well respected consultancy with clients from the Cabinet Office to Elton John and Gary Lineker! After sitting the gruelling 7 hour examination of the Institution of Structural Engineers Richard became a Chartered Structural Engineer and promoted to Associate Director within the practice for whom he worked.
Some of the notable projects that Richard was the project Structural Engineer for included the refurbishment of Admiralty Arch and the building of an underground, partly underwater squash court for a client living in The Boltons in London. Richard and the partner for whom he worked were at the forefront of the wave of basement building in London during the 90’s. They developed innovative solutions for the construction of these structures including novel ways to support the existing house.
Through working with a wide range of Architects as part of a design team, Richard’s interest in Architecture and design grew and eventually lead to part time lecturing at the School of Architecture at the University of Portsmouth, where he eventually decided to set up Engineering Architecture. Enlisting the help of Martin Pearce they jointly formed the limited company and commenced work on their first commissions. Joined shortly after By David Brightwell the trio continued to grow the practice taking commissions on the Isle of Wight and along the South Coast. Eventually Martin Engineering Architecture to focus on his full time lecturing. Martin remains a close friend and source of advice.
Richard is hands on in all aspects of the design of our projects achieving a truly multi-disciplined approach and of course advising on the structural aspects of the work!