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Richard Coutts

Baca Architects Ltd

Richard Coutts is a Chartered Architect with more than 15 years experience. He co-founded Baca Architects and leads the practice’s innovative ‘waterspace planning’ and ‘aquatecture’ projects. He provides strategic guidance and design input for all of the projects developed by the practice.

Richards career began in Malaysia and Australia, working for Dr. Ken Yeang, where he formulated his low energy bio-climatic ethos for medium and high-rise buildings. He went on to work for Sir Terry Farrell, in the UK, as Architect and master planner.

He is co-author of the LifE project (Long-term Initiatives for Flood Risk Environments), which won the RIBA Presidents Research Award in 2009 and makes a regular contribution to international industry seminars on this topic. Most recently he  co-authored ‘Aquatecture’, a new book describing how to ‘design for water’. On the one hand it describes how to manage the threat from water, whilst at the same time embracing it, to build more sustainable cities.

Key projects in the practice portfolio include: the UK’s first Amphibious House (Buckinghamshire, UK), flood resilient house (Henley up on Thames, UK), Dordrecht Flood proof pilot home (Netherlands), Liverpool South Docks ‘Waterspace Strategy’ to unlock the potential of the water in this World Heritage Site (adopted) that won the Canal and River’s Trust ‘Regeneration Strategy’ Award 2013. 

Most recently (2015) the practice’s ‘Buoyant Starts’, a proposal to activate London’s redundant waterways with new floating residential communities, won the NLA housing Ideas Competition. The first prototypes are under construction and it is anticipated that they will be in the water shortly.

Waterfront  2017

Waterfront  2016

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