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Richard Hyams


Richard is motivated by unique design challenges and enjoys leading design at and beyond the known boundaries of material and technology.  Richard is always keen to challenge the status quo and leads teams to deliver highly individual buildings that inspire and delight. Richard’s pragmatism for understanding a complex brief and finding elegant yet simple solutions have placed Astudio as one of the most successful rising practices. Richard has encouraged this pragmatic approach throughout Astudio and clients are often surprised by the innovative lateral thinking which is adopted on all projects to deliver buildings and spaces which are not thought possible in the tight constraints which project briefs often demand.

Prior to establishing Astudio Richard worked at Foster and Partners for 12 years working on a number of seminal buildings including Duxford Aircraft Museum and City Hall. His experience of leading the design process across a wide range of sectors has underpinned the ethos and strategy for Astudio.

Richard is a member of a number of high profile design review panels including, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Architectural Appraisal Panel, and the Home Office DRP.

Richard’s strategy to deliver high quality design for any building or procurement type and driving a research team to investigate future materials and technologies has lead Astudio to become Architectural Practice of the Year after just 6 years in practice.

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