Architectus has appointed tertiary education design expert Richard Middleton as principal.

Middleton is an award-winning architect with 20 years’ international experience in the design and delivery of tertiary education, multi-residential, retail, arts and hospitality projects, where he will co-lead Architectus’ delivery of informed, contextual designs for tertiary education projects. 

Prior to joining Architectus, Middleton ran his own Melbourne-based practice, RMA, where he focused primarily on student accommodation projects including RMIT’s Walert House, which won the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects (VIC) Best Overend Prize. 

His other project experience includes, while at BVN, the Briggs and Jackomos Halls of Residence for Monash University, which won the 2012 Australian Institute of Architects Frederick Romberg National Prize; and while at Kerry Hill Architects in Singapore, the three-tower residential development Urban Suites, and early works for the University of New South Wales Changi Campus.

 “We are delighted to welcome Richard to Architectus. This appointment adds considerable strength to our tertiary education team and our ability to deliver innovative and data-driven designs for our clients nationally,” says Architectus managing director Ray Brown.

According to Middleton, “I was drawn to Architectus for a number of reasons, including its broad capability and collaborative research based approach. I particularly appreciate Architectus’ rigorous design review process and commitment to innovation.”

“The tertiary education team have a great foundation of expertise, and I look forward to working closely with them to build upon this even further,” he says.