Richard has been an Associate since 2001, having joined the practice in 1998, although he worked initially with Nicholas Ray at Hughes and Bicknell. He has over 20 years’ experience in practice and has worked as Architect and Lead Designer on many project types and values.
He worked previously in London with Simon Knox where he developed detailed design skills and knowledge associated with the direct procurement of bespoke Arts and Crafts items, in particular for a large and prestigious private residence for the Sainsbury family, a project involving ‘hands on’ experience of the management of labour and subcontractors.
For NRAP he was in charge of several multi million pound phases of refurbishment and extension to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and is currently leading the team on the work to Grade 1 listed buildings at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.
After qualification at Cambridge and University College, London, Nicholas Ray worked in London for the Shankland Cox Partnership on housing and for Colin St John Wilson and Partners on the British Library. On returning to Cambridge in 1973 he practised within Hughes and Bicknell Architects, where he became an Associate and later Partner, before founding Nicholas Ray Associates in 1989. His most prominent building in Cambridge is the Quayside Development, on the banks of the Cam opposite Magdalene College. He has been responsible for new and refurbishment projects for numerous Colleges, as well as buildings and projects for other colleges and universities. He is the author of five books, including monographs for Yale University Press on Alvar Aalto and Rafael Moneo, and is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, having retired as Reader in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, but maintains a full-time engagement with the practice.
James was an undergraduate at Clare College Cambridge, where he proceeded to a PHD in atmospheric science, exploring the many and varied interactions between air quality, climate and global vegetation. The opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment was a key motivation in James’ decision to begin studying architecture and this continues to inform his interests in environmentally sensitive and low energy design. His subsequent BA in Architecture was at the University of Lincoln.
He has previously worked for the University of Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey, and most recently the Institute of Forest Research at the University of Birmingham. In addition to eight years’ postdoctoral research, James has experience of coordinating a European thematic project on behalf of the European Commission (‘Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security – Global Atmospheric Observations’) and fostering national and international research collaborations, including between academia and industry.
Within NRAP, James is in charge of developing our Building Information Modelling, to include rigorous environmental performance analysis.