Richard Keating, RKA Director and Founder

RKA Architects - St AndrewsRichard Keating, RKA Director and Founder                  BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA ARB

Richard was architecturally educated in Liverpool, graduating in 1996 and with a masters in 1999 when he was named in the Building Design top 50 students in the UK. Richard completed his architectural education in 2001 when he passed his part 3 at London’s prestigious Architectural Association school.

Richard worked in London for 24 years at Bernard Engle Architects, Theis and Khan and over 15 years at Orms where he was promoted as their youngest ever Associate and Associate Director. He was then promoted to be the 6th Director in the practice’s 35 year history in 2017.

At Theis and Khan Richard was the Project Architect for Jubilee Waterside Centre in Camden, London. Built for a charity this project was the winner of the Camden design awards and short listed for an RIBA award.

Richard completed over 20 built projects with Orms, responsible for 8-12 projects at any one time with values from £500k to £120m. The project sectors included Education, Commercial office, high end Residential, Mixed use including retail, restaurant, hotel and music venues. A number of these projects were award winning, including an RIBA award for Sherborne School’s new Music building.

Richard led the highest profile, and most complex project in the office, the £150m transformation of St Giles – a bespoke solution for a key Soho site, which he navigated through design, technical design and onto site through to completion.

This truly mixed use project incorporates 3 major new buildings and refurbishment of 12 existing buildings, including a number of listed buildings. Richard led careful negotiation with Historic England which enabled a lift and move of a 17th Century listed Smithy to allow a new grass roots music venue to be built below.

Refurbishment of existing buildings is a speciality; complex cut and carve projects ranging from £5m to £45m for Grade A developers.

Richard served 8 years as a School Trust Governor for Woodside Primary Academy and acted as ‘Client’ for their new teaching facility. Richard has experience in lecturing at Cardiff University and as a termly guest critic at Greenwich University. He continues his role as a judge for the RIBA and Civic Trust awards.