Richard P Kulczak ADip.TSEd. ADip.EnvSci. B.Arch. MA(Phil) MIEnvSci APAGS RegArchUK
Richard, a qualified senior architect, designer and design/project manager, is American and European educated with over 25 years experience participating in and managing renowned, design-led project teams. He has competition- and award-winning experience in mixed-use, community and arts projects, residential, office, high rise, transportation terminals, masterplanning and urban design. Richard has been able put his formal education in architecture, urban design, sustainable development, environmental science, philosophy and graphic design to use in a wide range of capacities and roles for practices across marketing, design and management.
In 2012, Richard began RESPONSIBLE architecture, working as a consulting senior architect, masterplanner and design/project manager on large, sustainable mixed-use design projects in the UK, Europe and shortly in the Middle East.
Before joining LCE Architects, Richard lived and worked in North America, SE Asia and Europe. Highlights include a combined period of nearly 9 years at GRIMSHAW and Foster + Partners, where he worked mainly on large projects in several countries. His most notable projects include: the Eden Project (early concept stage), Berlin Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Airport, Beijing Airport, HSBC Headquarters Tower, Swiss Re Tower (‘the gherkin’) and the World Trade Center Competition (NYC), among several large masterplans.
Richard is registered with the Architects Registration Board UK and is a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, US Green Building Council and the Research Society at University of Exeter. He blogs and tweets about architecture, sustainability and environmental issues.
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Skills and Characteristics
Broad, interdisciplinary skill base, ranging from analytical and strategic skills in design, research, assessment, reporting and recommendation; communications and creative skills such as concepts/ideas generation, presentations, storyboarding, graphics, drawing, illustration, writing and editing; practical and technical skills in a variety of contexts, such as computing, information management, carpentry, outdoorsmanship.
Solutions-orientated, with creative yet practical problem-solving skills proven in diverse contexts. A consummate organiser and facilitator, an inclusive hands-on research-orientated project manager. Seeking to understand the meaning, context, import and gravity of an issue or situation at hand, as well as the human condition; always extremely grateful as a result. Seeing and seeking connections, crossovers, relationships, relevance and applicability of ideas and issues. An appreciation of a need to think through and/or talk through certain issues prior to embarking down pre- or ill-conceived paths.
Forward thinking and planning, positive yet cautiously optimistic; deeply committed and dedicated, not shy of hard work and long hours, menial tasks or gargantuan undertakings, always executed with composure, propriety, consideration and good-will. Personable, respectful, genuine, friendly and enquiring without prying, compassionate and caring beyond the supericial; open-minded, liberal and inclusive. Thriving on an active workplace and engaged colleagues, enjoying the cut-and-thrust of a modern work-life balance when in combination with quiet, contemplative time alone, both indoors and out.
English (mother tongue), French (basic), German (basic), Spanish (basic); Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese (very basic).
PhD, Sustainable Built Environment, University of Brighton, Expected 2016
Diploma, Teaching Skills in Education, Open University (OpenLearn via Advanced Learning), 2015
MSc, Sustainable Development, University of Exeter, year 1 of 2, 2013
Diploma, Environmental Science, Open University (OpenLearn via Advanced Learning), 2012
Certificate, Practicing Sustainable Development, Open University (OpenLearn via Advanced Learning), 2012
MA, Philosophy, University of London, Birkbeck College, Distinction – Dissertation, 2001
RIBA Part III, Architecture Professional Practice exam, University of Nottingham and DeMontfort University, 1997
BArch, Architecture with Structural Engineering minor, Summa Cum Laude, 1995
Graphic Design, Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, 2002
Mandarin, Chinese Language Institute, Hong Kong, 1997
German, Universitaet Stuttgart, 1995
Urban Design, Arizona State University and Universite’ de Paris, Paris, 1995
Design Architect / Consultant / Director (owner)
May 2012 – Present (1 year 3 months) | Brighton, United Kingdom
Researcher / Writer, Founder / Developer
ONEPLANET Sustainability Review
October 2010 – Present (2 years 10 months)
Associate / Senior Associate Director
February 2006 – May 2013 (7 years 4 months) | Brighton and London, UK
Professional Education, Training and Certification Organization International
July 2012 – December 2012 (6 months)
2005 – 2006 (1 year)London and Brighton
Lead Designer / Senior Architect
2004 – 2005 (1 year)New York City
Foster and Partners
1996 – 2004 (8 years) | London and Hong Kong
Assistant Architect / Site Assistant
1995 – 1996 (1 year) | London and Berlin
Additional pre-graduate work experience included several years work experience at architecture firms in Chicago on higher education, retail and residential projects, as well as 2.5 years training and part-time experience as a carpenter and general builder during my architecture degree.