Richard Joined LSI in 2004 with a background in Narrative Experiential Architecture after working with Fluid Architecture on the Derwent Gateway Community Building and for Branson Coates Architects on the Millennium Dome Body Zone, touring exhibitions for the British Council, and with Land design studio working on Urbis in Manchester. At the RCA He developed a passion for artistic expression in architecture and won the Alsop and Stormer Graduate Prize (1998).
In the 10 years with LSI he has established himself as a creative designer, qualified as an architect, and developed a specialism in Education and Visitor Centre design with newbuild and refurbishment projects completed for Easton College (BREEAM Excellent), Langley School, the Forum Norwich, RSPB, and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
As the scale of his work increases, he is equally at home designing a second UTC, as he is conceiving the interior design for a reception or its bespoke furniture. He brings a fresh approach whatever the project – a Health Centre in Beccles; accommodation to insert in a Listed walled garden; or the re-branding of a corporate environment.
The opening of the Visitor Centre at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes Reserve was an act of faith, amply justified by subsequent visitor numbers. A ‘phase 2’ education centre – also designed by LSI - opened in 2015.
Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre
The unprecedented popularity of the 2006 Visitor Centre meant that it soon lacked space for education and interpretation.
RSPB’s premier facilities needed overhauling, extending and diversifying to provide family-friendly facilities including a segregated Education Centre.
Beccles Community Health Campus
LSI has contributed to a number of business case and option appraisals for redeveloping the health complex at Beccles Community Hospital, and the completion in 2014 of a £5M IFC 2011 Contract concluded the third of three phases which have included works to the Community Hospital and the Health Centre.
Greater Peterborough UTC
The Greater Peterborough University Technical College will provide a new education concept for 14-19 year olds.
University Technical College Norfolk
University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN) provides a new education concept for 14 – 19 year old students within the constraints of a former light industrial unit to the south east of Norwich City centre.
LSI Architects were selected nationally by DCSF to design a pathfinder ‘State’ school boarding facility for the newly opened Harefield Academy in West London.
Islington Contact Centre
The first of several projects undertaken on the Islington Framework. This open, customer-facing reception adopted SMART working, a new ‘tone and style’, and included Childrens Services, requiring careful planning of the layout. It was completed within time and budget over eight weeks, while maintaining minimal disruption to Islington’s front-of-house services.
The Forum South Wing
A re-working of the ‘south wing’ of the Forum in Norwich, a millennium project designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners.
Two LSI teams provided segregated roles on this prestigious development converting Aviva’s HQ. One provided client liaison services for Architecture and ID, the other worked with developer LST to design a new, 1,000+ sqm atrium linked to offices and forming a new visitor entrance from the Grade 1 Listed Surrey House.
Easton College Jubilee 3
The third and final phase of new teaching and ancillary accommodation in a dramatic expansion of Norfolk’s agricultural college, over 15 years.