Peter Richards

Principal - Architecture + Urban Design

An architect and urbanist with over 40 years’ experience working on projects from small buildings to large cities

With qualifications in architecture and urban design, Peter is particularly interested in urban quality and the rich relationship between people and place.

Peter joined Archipelago in 2022 as a Principal of Architecture and Urban Design, bringing his wealth of experience guiding best-for-city outcomes. He is a trusted advisor to governments on major mixed use, housing, tourism, health and infrastructure projects and is widely recoginised as an urban design leader and one of Queensland’s most credentialed EBD workshop facilitators.

He has always combined practice with teaching and research. He has regularly tutored since graduation and in the early 1990s taught for two years at the UK’s Hull School of Architecture.

Peter was an adjunct professor at the QUT School of Design from 2003 - 2021 as a practitioner member of the Centre for Subtropical Design, and between 2003 and 2015 as a fractional professor of design. Peter is a generous mentor and booster of Brisbane’s community of hand drawers and urban sketchers.

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment)
  • Master Built Environment (Urban Design)
  • Graduate Diploma Architecture
  • Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel
  • Fellow Australian Institute of Architects, FRAIA
  • Planning Institute of Australia, PIA
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, USA
  • School of Design, QUT Adjunct Professor, 2003–21
  • Professor (Fractional), 2013-15
  • Centre for Subtropical Design Past Chair, 2008–11
  • Hull School of Arch, UK Lecturer, 1988–89, 1990–91
  • The Spit Master Plan, Gold Coast Urban Design Awards, Winner – Unbuilt Projects (2020)*
  • The Spit Master Plan, Minister’s Award for Urban Design – Commendation (2020)*
  • The Spit Master Plan, PIA Queensland Awards: Best Planning Ideas – Large Project, Public Engagement & Community Planning, Overall Winner (2019)*
  • Yeerongpilly TOD, Detailed Plan of Development, AIA Regional Commendation, Urban Design (2017)*
  • Central Village Heritage Precinct, AIA Regional Commendation, Heritage (2017)*
  • Yeerongpilly TOD, PIA Queensland Awards for Excellence, The Hard Won Victory (2016)*