Mr Richard Woolf

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Architect


Originally an industrial design engineer, graduating from Leicester (De Montfort University), Richard's early career developed within multi-disciplinary consultancies, responsible for interiors, furniture, lighting and product design.

Following both Pt1 and Pt2 at Kingston University, which he represented for both Bronze and Silver at the RIBA Presidents Medals, he completed professional practice with a distinction from the Architectural Association.

Since 2014 Richard has lectured on the BSc and MSc Building Conservation courses, on issues of adaptive building design, architectural restoration, communication and traditional drawing skills.

Further lecturing and tutoring engagements include the Royal College of Art, the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge, amongst others.

Since 2006 he has been a professional assessor for the RIBA Pt III Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice at Kingston University. Other assessor roles include The Bartlett (UCL) and The Cass (London Metropolitan University).

He established his practice, McDaniel Woolf Ltd, in 1995, with the objective of uniting architectural skills with other 3D design disciplines. The company currently employs 6 staff, plus several freelance: a mixture of architects, product, interior and graphic designers, many of whom are Kingston

Projects include large-scale restoration and site planning, ecclesiastical, workplace, theatre, community, residential, interior and furniture design, as well as larger scale new-build architecture.

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Research expertise

Retail works
Åhléns AB
Amanda Wakeley
Harvey Nicholls
Liberty of London
Mandarina Duck
Muji (Ryohin Keikaku Europe)
Nigella Lawson / Bliss Home
Oliver Sweeney
The Pavilions, Uxbridge

Commercial works
Furness Controls
Hilson Moran
Lintec Graphic Films
Marston Properties
PSD Properties Ltd
Smith & Co
St Andrew's Church, Ham
The Prudential Assurance Co Ltd
Why Not Associates

Residential works located in:
Cobham, Surrey
Coldharbour, Surrey
Ealing Common
East Sheen
Hampton Wick
Kingston upon Thames
Long Ditton
Richmond upon Thames
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Thames Ditton

Teaching areas & responsibilities

RIBA Part III (2006–present) Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture Professional assessor

Historic Building Conservation (2014–present) BSc / MSc

Professional activity

  • 2009 - 2010Consultant for the Design Council's Design Immerse programmes, working on innovation within manufacturing.
  • 2007Course validation - University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (Quality assurance and review of course structure and outputs)
  • 2006End of year catalogue and London show at Old Truman Brewery, Kingston University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. McDaniel Woolf as sponsor for academic degree and diploma student shows.
  • 2005Design visiting lecture programme (college lecture programme) - University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Presentation of the interior design and furniture projects completed by McDaniel Woolf and reflection on the role of the designer in contemporary culture.
  • 2004 - 2006Consultant for the Design Council's Design Immerse programmes, working on innovation within manufacturing
  • 2004Part time lecturer BA(Hons) Interior Design - Kingston University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, School of Design. Interior design major project year 3.
  • 2003 - 2010Product Innovation in Architecture (PID), Committee member + exhibition coordinator with the Building Centre Trust
  • 2000 - presentRIBA member since 2000, branch member incl. committee since 2003
  • 1995 - presentDirector, McDaniel Woolf Ltd Architecture and design
  • 1989 - 1993Associate director, Harper Mackay Architecture
  • 1985 - presentChartered Society of Designers (CSD) Member since 1985. Committee member of The Interiors Group working on cross-over activities with the RIBA 1995–1998.

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2000RIBA member
  • 2000RIBA Pt III Architectural Association
  • 1997RIBA Pt II Diploma Kingston University
  • 1995RIBA Pt I exemption Kingston University (ARCUK Pt 1 validation 06 March 1996)
  • 1984BA(Hons) 3D Design (Industrial Design Engineering) Leicester Polytechnic

Conferences & events

Conference: Footbridge 2014, Past, Present and Future, Imperial College London 16-18 July 2014

Paper: Genesis of a Footbridge, from a Community Perspective, presented by Mark Wing. Co-author Richard Woolf. Presentation of a conceptual footbridge design for Richmond, illustrating the connection of two communities either side of the River Thames. Exploration of the significance of crossing borders between two neighbourhoods and the shifting political requirements needed to instigate major infrastructure change.

An abstract for a follow-up paper Genesis of a Footbridge, from a Community Perspective (our story continues) has been submitted for consideration for Footbridge 2017 in Berlin.

Symposium: Design Knowledge Network, National Furniture Design Conference, UCE (Birmingham) Institute of Art and Design, 4 April 2006

Paper: Changing user needs and the interface with retailer and specifier, exploring the role of design and design strategies within the UK furniture industry.

Exploration of contemporary furniture retailing in the UK with reference to McDaniel Woolf's two decades of involvement as architect, interior designer and project designer. 1500 word paper with visual references.

RIBA Presidents Medal Bronze medal runner-up, silver medal exhibited

D+AD Silver award

Design Week Awards Retail environments winner, Furniture commended

Sylvania Lighting Design portfolio - finalist

Hi-Light/EMAP Architectural lighting - shortlisted

Minerva Award Environmental design - shortlisted

Proposal for Radnor Bridge