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Australian inter-disciplinary design practice Hames Sharley is delighted to announce the addition of award-winning architect Richard Morrell to its Perth Studio as Principal.

A bold and highly contextual design thinker, Richard has established an accomplished portfolio with a strong pedigree of major sport, cultural and commercial projects, both in Australia and internationally. He is skilled in dealing with complex building projects to maximise public value and improved quality of life, equity, opportunity and economic growth.

His appointment will focus on promoting design leadership and pipeline growth through Hames Sharley’s national Sport & Recreation portfolio and other public-oriented portfolios.

“Richard’s breadth of experience will be invaluable to our project teams and to our clients across the country,” said Director Derek Hays. “His addition will bolster the evolution of our design excellence in civic and public buildings, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Hames Sharley team.”

Moving to Perth recently with his own family, Richard previously worked for 19 years in Victoria at Populous, COX and others, and six years in the UK before that as design leader on significant public realm projects.

Richard is passionate about the value of good design and how the magic of architecture can make a profound impact on daily life.

“I am drawn to creating new places within cities that bring optimism and greater connection to people and culture, finding moments in the design that everyone can experience and enjoy – from the shadow play of a façade to the sculpted form of a building,” said Richard.

Highlighting Hames Sharley’s ‘exceptional’ Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club redevelopment, he’s excited about working with the unique canvas of Perth’s geography and climate, with the larger responsibility to provide stewardship through sustainable and regenerative design for both clients and communities.

“I’m looking forward to becoming ingrained in the practice, harnessing Hames Sharley’s design culture to elevate future urban, civic and public landscapes, nationwide.”