M.Arch Design Project | Proposed Site Plan | Social + Physical Infrastructure Concept.

Curriculum Vitae | Adam Richards

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2020 | Present

AECB CarbonLite, Certified Passivhaus Designer Training.

2018 | Present

Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3 Exemption) - PgDip, at Birmingham City University.

2015 | 2018

Masters Degree in Architecture (RIBA Pt.2) from Birmingham City University. Merit with Commendation, receiving a Distinction for my final year design project.

2005 | 2009

BA (Hons), Architecture & Planning, (RIBA Pt.1) from the University of West of England, Bristol. 2:1 with Commendation.

2000 | 2002

A-Levels in Business Studies, Geography, Design Technology and Information Technology from Bishops Cleeve Sixth Form, Cheltenham.

1995 | 2000

x10 GCSE's including English, Maths & Science from Bishops Cleeve Secondary School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Work + Experience

2018 | Present

Glancy Nicholls Architects,Birmingham: I joined GNA in September 2018 and work within the education team helping to deliver school projects and feasibility studies within the Midlands and further afield. I am now working alongside an Associate Director to deliver the largest new secondary school the practice has undertaken for 2,400 pupils. This entails working closely with the wider design team, contractor and various specialisms to refine and value engineer the project as we move forward into the construction phase.

The opportunity has allowed me to take on new roles and responsibilities within our team as we develop the detailed design of the project. My roles include: principal point of contact for the contractor and wider design team, team management, organisational resourcing, delegation of work load to the team, responsibilities for the team to hit its required drawing package targets and to assist the junior members of the team. 

2012 | Present

Private Architectural Projects: I began collaborating on private projects in 2012 when working for Yiangou Architects. This has grown into working for myself on projects from design to completion, for friends, family and subsequent recommendations.

I have now completed over twenty private projects which have included:

- The conservation and restoration of a traditional octagonal Methodist Church into a new residential dwelling, consisting of initial design work, planning and working drawings.

- The re-ordering and modernisation of two historic cottages into a single residential dwelling. The project undertook a series of design exercises to improve the quality of the internal layout, leading to the creation of working drawings for tender submission.

- Significant alterations and extensions to two large bungalows in Malvern, both from recommendations, one including a traditional oak framed orangery and the other a contemporary zinc and timber clad eco property.

2013 | 2015

Roberts Limbrick Architects, Gloucester: At Roberts Limbrick I worked within the Education & Commercial Teams gaining a wide range of experience from initial concept design through to planning and detailed technical drawing. Working alongside a senior associate I developed my skills as a Project Architect on a variety of schemes, liaising with clients, contractors and the wider design team. I also helped to refine the detailed design of several projects throughout the construction process, overcoming challenges and helping to maintain the integrity of the scheme. 

- A project I gained particular experience and satisfaction from was in designing a substantial extension for a school in Hereford for children with special educational needs (SEN). Being able to work closely with the teachers, children and contractors to design a building to suit their specific needs and to see the project through to completion.

2010 | 2012

Yiangou Architects, Cirencester: At Yiangou’s I worked directly with a partner and project architect on large scale, high-end residential properties. My work ranged from helping take schemes from concept design, through planning, working drawings to completion. The scope of work enabled a greater degree of time to be spent on design, focusing on detailing each project to a high degree.

2009 | 2010

Quattro Design Architects, Gloucester: Following the completion of my Architecture Degree RIBA Pt.1 from UWE, Bristol I completed a one year placement at Quattro Design. My time was divded between gaining valuable experience in the education and housing teams.

2004  | 2005

Experience Exchange Programme, Saint Vincent, West Indies: My year in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was arranged through the Methodist Church where I helped setup and run youth work and Fair Trade projects. I worked in local primary and secondary schools teaching PE classes. Following hurricane Ivan a lot of work was carried out repairing housing and that coincided with my decision to study architecture. I volunteered in a local technical colleague in exchange for technical drawing and CAD lessons to aid in my university applications.

2000 | 2004

Alliance & Leicester Bank: Alliance & Leicester was my first formal job where I quickly advanced from cashier to customer sales adviser and finally onto a financial advisor training programme. My time there helped me develop a wide range of diverse skills such as project management, customer service and communication skills which have been invaluable within architectural practice.


|  Vectorworks

|  Revit

|  Enscape

|  Sketchup

|  Indesign

|  Photoshop

|  Mac+Windows Office Suites

|  Physical Model Making

|  Technical Drawing


Mr. Michael Dring | M.Arch Programme Director | Birmingham City University, School of Architecture & Design.

Mr. Martin Beaumont | Director, Glancy Nicholls Architects, Birmingham.

Mr. Richard Robbins | Owner/Director, Robbins Building Services Ltd, Gloucestershire.

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