Practice founder

Richard Kirk FRAIA

Richard Kirk is the Principal Director of KIRK, formerly Richard Kirk Architect, which he established in 1995 after graduating from the University of Queensland in 1991 with first class Honours. Richard’s noted academic achievements (QIA Memorial Medal and the Board of Architects Award for Academic Excellence) provide an intellectual basis for the foundation and direction of the practice which now has studios located in Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

The design intensive practice has received numerous professional awards for their completed work and design excellence. Recently the Advanced Engineering building of University of Queensland received an unprecedented three State Awards; the 2014 Queensland Royal Australian Institute of Architects FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture, Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture and GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture. Previously the practice has received the 2004 Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture for the Cutting Edge building in West End, and the 2009 FDG Stanley Award for the Sir Llew Edwards Building, University of Queensland.

Richard Kirk has established the practice as a leader in designing buildings of cultural significance on sensitive and important sites, with the majority of its commissions awarded through design competitions. Recent achievements include the awarding of first prize for the design of the National WW1 and WW2 memorials in Canberra in an international design competition; first prize in design competitions for the University of Queensland’s flagship buildings the Advanced Engineering Building and UQ Business School; and most recently Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Learning Hub North Spine.

There is great interest in the work of the practice both nationally and internationally. The work has been published widely and Richard’s career was recently profiled in the book as one of 20 selected architects in Australia “From the Ground Up”. He was also selected to speak at key conferences including the 2012 AIA National Conference “Experience”, Singapore’s Green Building Council Conference in 2012, and the PAM Lecture Series in Malaysia in 2013. A recent project of the practice was also selected as one of only three Australian Architectural practices to be included in the British Councils 2013 Exhibition Atlas of the Un-built World.

KIRK is committed to developing and establishing new benchmarks for sustainability in the buildings the practice creates. An example of this is the recently completed Advanced Engineering Building that will set entirely new benchmarks for sustainability in the sub-tropical and temperate climates. It is this dedication to buildings that respond and embrace the opportunities the climate offers is what sets the work of the practice apart.

Richard is a the current Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Queensland Chapter President, Fellow of the AIA, Member on the Board of Architects of Queensland, and Member of the Brisbane City Council Independent Design Advisory Panel. Richard previously served as the Urban Land Development Authority Design Review Panel and an inaugural Board Member on the Board for Urban Places.