Richard is a facade specialist with 30 years of experience as a global expert in the area of facades and structural glass. His experience encompasses all stages of a building enclosure’s life-cycle. He received both Bachelor and Graduate Diploma in Structural Engineering from Monash University in Australia specializing in light-weight structures, and has formal training in corrosion technology.
Richard’s specialty is the design and analysis of complex facade structures and he has been involved with a number of world leading and award-winning projects covering a wide range of building types. Curtain wall and high-rise towers include Mahanakhon with OMA/ Ole Scherin, Shenzen Stock Exchange with OMA, and Brookfield Place in Calgary with AFK/Dialogue. He has worked on significant airport extensions in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, Changi Airport in Singapore and was the lead designer for the facade of the Main Terminal Building of Helmut Jahn’s Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport in Thailand.
Richard has worked on cultural facilities on six continents and such iconic buildings as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano in Athens, Greece; the restoration of the Sydney Opera House; the Amazon Spheres with NBBJ; and, the refurbishment of the Seattle Space Needle with Olson Kundig.
Richard is the technical chair for the ASTM Structural Glass Committee and has an advisory role to Eurocode EC11. He is a member of the technical committee for the American glass standard ASTM E1300 and he was formally a member of the technical working group for Australian Standard AS1288, Glass in Buildings. Richard also represents the United States on International Organization for Standardization ISO (TC160) as an ‘Expert’ for matters regarding strength and use of architectural glass.
Richard is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Washington, New York, Texas and Colorado USA and is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia, where he also is a Registered Building Practitioner in the State of Victoria. He has presented at many international conferences including giving keynote speeches for Glass Performance Days, Facade Techtonics and COST Structural Glass.