Richard strives to create reasoned, uncomplicated and beautiful spaces with a legitimacy that will stand the test of time.
His works range in scale from small studio living spaces to some of the highest value homes in the world. Irrespective of the size of a project, he designs spaces and objects that possess a calm elegance, with an emphasis on simple forms and the careful selection of materials. The delicate control of light, both natural and artificial, is fundamental in his work; the light is celebrated and the darkness indulged, creating spaces with a gentle drama and a quiet intensity.
Richard is fascinated by the craft of architecture. He collaborates closely with specialists and artisans who bring the passion for their discipline to a design project. Listening to and working with these craftspeople, be they stonemasons, leatherworkers, cabinetmakers or highly skilled builders, enriches the design process and adds immeasurably to the success and to the enjoyment of a project. Enjoyment is important - objects and spaces should be enjoyable to design and enjoyable to use.
Growing up on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Richard worked as a draftsman from a young age. At eighteen he moved to the UK to study at the Oxford School of Architecture, from where he graduated with a first class honours degree. After working in California he moved to London where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
RICHARD BELL RIBA Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects