Richard studied architecture at the University of Sydney, receiving the University Medal for Architecture upon graduation. He subsequently completed a masters degree in architectural design and theory at Columbia University in New York. He is a registered architect in all Australian states, New Zealand and the UK. Richard has led a distinguished architectural career, designing many highly-awarded buildings and several winning international architectural competition schemes in his role as Design Director of fjmt. Richard has taught architecture at several universities in Australia and abroad, has written theoretical papers for several journals, was President of the AIA (NSW Chapter) from 2001 to 2002, and was Creative Director of the 2008 AIA National Architecture Conference. Richard is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.