A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Rick trained at Leicester and qualified in 1983. Following a short spell in London during which time his work was selected for the second RIBA 40 under 40 exhibition, his early career was spent working in the public sector in East Anglia. Here he developed skills in housing and worked with historic buildings. He moved to private practice in Edinburgh in 1987, initially joining the Bamber Gray Partnership. Later, as an associate at the Hugh Martin Partnership, he worked on projects including the major refurbishment of the Basil Spence designed Scottish Widows headquarters building in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square and the construction of a new wing at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
Rick joined Simpson & Brown in 2002. He has worked on various historic buildings including Acheson House on Edinburgh’s Canongate, 28-30 The Close in Newcastle, Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire, Barnbougle Castle outside Edinburgh and at Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond. This experience has allowed him to achieve RIAS accreditation in building conservation at advanced level.
His non-conservation work, such as the visitor centre for Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens in Dawyck and the extension to Bellevue Chapel in Edinburgh demonstrates that he is also well versed in new building techniques and sustainable technologies. He contributes to many projects across the office, often in the Principal Designer role and is an associate member of the Association for Project Safety. Rick is also well versed in contract and professional practice matters and has acted as an examiner for the Architects Professional Examination Authority in Scotland Ltd (APEAS).
Left. Barnbougle Castle Right. Elvaston Castle Country Park