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Richard Longstaff

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Engineering and the Built Environment
Areas of Expertise:
Built environment

Richard's interests lie in combining environmental sustainability with the aesthetics and tectonics of architecture by exploring the complex relationship between site context, passive design techniques, function and buildability to create architecture that transcends mediocrity.

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Having served an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery upon leaving school, Richard worked in all aspects of the construction industry and realised a passion for all things architectural that he wanted to explore further. After working in Germany for two years and travelling through Thailand and Malaysia, he decided to return to university in 1997 to further his knowledge and understanding.

Richard has now tutored in architecture and technology at Anglia Ruskin since 2005. He has developed his teaching in parallel with establishing a small, award-winning design and research studio in 2002, where he practices as a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Research interests
  • Low carbon and sustainable passive architecture
  • Bridging the gap between theory and practice
  • Engineered timber technology
  • Practice-based research

BA (Hons) Architecture, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

  • BSc (Hons) Architecture
  • BSc (Hons) Architecture Technology
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Affiliate Member, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Committee Member, Local RIBA chapter
  • Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT)
  • Committee Member, Regional CIAT chapter
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Scholarly activities

  • 2011 WikkiHouse project assistance at 00/: Architects
  • 2011 Design Review Advisory Group (Co Lead) RIBA Chapter
  • 2011 Ask an Expert Panellist at Grand Designs Live
  • 2006 Speaker at Eco Build
Research/consultancy leadership
  • 2014 Conducting feasibility and concept development for YMCA Chelmsford
  • 2013 Conducting feasibility and concept development for Leigh North Street Juniors
  • 2012 Conducting feasibility and concept development for Leigh on Sea Town Council
  • 2011 Conducting feasibility and concept development for South Woodham Guiding Club
  • 2010 Conducting feasibility and concept development for Chelmsford Gymnastic Club
Formal research links/collaborations
  • 2012 Echo2Eco (Part of Anglia Ruskin University research team), EU funding
Other research/consultancy activity
  • 2004–date Various consultancy and community engagement via RIBA chapter and others
  • Tutored CIAT student award 2013 – Daniel Owen, commended for research project
  • Tutored CIAT student award 2012 – Daniel Owen and Stephen Bard, commended for design project
  • Tutored CIAT student award 2010 – Osama Naji, highly commended for design project
  • Business Awards 2008 – outright winner for Business to Business
  • Business Awards 2006 – winner for Environmental Awareness
  • Alan King Award 2005 – Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
  • Building Magazine – award winner, 2003
  • Royal Institute of British Architects – Spirit of Ingenuity Award, 2003
  • Faculty of Building – Millennium Award winner, 2001