Jury Profile Back to Full Jury

Brent Richards

Brent Richards is Principal Transpolis Global -Urban Design & Architecture, and is responsible for European and Scandinavia regions. (Transpolis has offices in Richmond UK, Phoenix Arizona USA, and in Prague Czech Republic.) 

Brent is also CEO and Creative Director, The Creative Archipelago – international transdisciplinary creative consultancy working in the diverse fields of advance Architecture (Glass Architecture and Glass Technology) and Sensorial and Experiential environments (Sensory design and Luxury artefacts). 


An international award winning Architect, Designer, Academic, and Creative Polymath. A Chartered Architect and member of Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of Chartered Society of Designers .He studied BSc. in Architecture @ Aston University, and University of the South West. He gained Part III RIBA  (Distinction) and gained Master in Design (Distinction) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design at University of the Arts London. 

Brent was Founder and Executive Director of the Design Laboratory Saint Martins, UAL Innovation Center 1999-2009.Previously, he was also Dean of Design at Saint Martins. 

Since 1990, Brent has established an international reputation in the advanced use of glass technology in Architecture, successfully pioneering innovation and experimentation with glass. Architecturally, he has explored natural light through the medium of glass, and ‘the phenomenology of architectural space’. Focusing both in Cultural Buildings – Museums, Galleries, Visitor Centers, Listed Buildings, as well as major exhibitions such as V&A Scandinavian Glass Ceramics), and latterly developing innovative glass solution to private residences across London. Many of his early works were in collaboration with leading UK Structural Engineer Tim MacFarlane Glass (previously Dewhurst MacFarlane & Partners). Together, Brent and Tim established new methods and techniques in the use of structural glass, Glass-to-glass engineering.

He has lectured extensively on the subject of glass across Europe and written for Detail, Birkhauser, and Callaway magazines Germany, and authored a treatise on ‘New Glass Architecture’ for the 21st Century’ Laurence King, London 2006. 

Since 2009 he has been leading the design of the ‘Photon House’ Project in collaboration with Cantifix – UK specialist glass fabricators in various associations with Saint Gobain Glass France, Velux Denmark and Philips The Netherlands. The Photon Project was established with the aim to develop the most advanced all-glass*, smart, sustainable, dwelling in the world, that touches the earth lightly, and to reestablish our connectivity to nature and the natural environment. (*All-glass structure, envelope and foundations). The design for an curved glass single dwelling was conceived in 2010, and this led to an early prototype called the ‘Photon Pod’ which was launched London Design Festival 2013, at the Building Centre in London.

Between 2010 -2013 Brent was a specialist advisor to Velux Xi Innovation Laboratory to explore the culture of transparency, and has written for Velux’s magazine D/A Magazine Spirng 2011-‘In search of an Anthropology of Daylight’, a was a key speaker in 2011 Velux Daylight & Architecture Symposium Lausanne Switzerland on the theme ‘Daylight in a Human Perspective’.

Brent is currently leading a major new research project with Oxford University called the ‘Photon Village’ due to be launched in summer 2014. It will provide a 4-year field study into ‘Natural Light and Circadian/Body Rhythms and its affect on health and well being’.

Glass in Architecture  2014

Terms & Conditions   |   Privacy policy   |   Cookie Policy