The Practice

Adam Richards Architects is an award-winning architectural practice founded in 2000. Based in our design studios in London and Sussex, ARA has developed a reputation for a wide range of arts, cultural, heritage and residential projects.

From its inception, ARA’s approach has been to transform the deeper cultural themes within its projects into engaging critical, spatial, social and structural propositions. Often our clients have unique objects and unusual sites. We work collaboratively with them to find inspiring, inventive and affordable ways of making their environment better.

The practice has built a reputation for the quality of its designs, winning a range of national and international awards. In 2015 a book, ‘Designing for Ditchling’, was published about ARA’s work.
Current projects include houses, museums and a lido. The practice was recently nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.  

Adam Richards Architects gained international recognition for the critically acclaimed Ditchling Museum of Art + Crafts, which was chosen by the Sunday Times as the architectural highlight of the year.

“The museum tells this story with aplomb… in the spirited setting of Adam Richards’s architecture.”
New York Times

Adam Richards

Adam Richards BA(Hons) BSc(Hons) DipArch(Cantab) RIBA is a British architect whose work has encompassed architecture, interior design, furniture and landscape design.

Adam studied architecture at Cambridge University under Peter Carl & Dalibor Vesely, after a degree in international relations and politics. He worked in Dublin and London for Niall McLaughlin, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and O’Donnell & Tuomey on projects ranging from national museums to private houses, before establishing Adam Richards Architects in 2000.

Adam has taught architecture at Cambridge University and Kingston University, and has been a guest critic at a range of architecture schools. Adam has been a judge for a number of architectural awards, and is currently chair of the RIBA South East awards jury. He is a member of the South Downs National Park Design Review Panel.



Nithurst Farm:

EU Mies Award 2022 – Nominee

The Georgian Group’s Architectural Awards, Giles Worsley Award for New Work in the Spirit of the Georgian Era – Winner

The Cheese Barge:

New London Awards 2021, Welcoming Category – Winner

Walmer Castle:

Royal Institute of British Architects South East Regional Award

Royal Institute of British Architects National Award

RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2021 – Shortlisted


Nithurst Farm:

Wallpaper* Magazine Worldwide Best New House 2020 – Winner

Walmer Castle:

Civic Trust Award - Regional finalist


Nithurst Farm:

Royal Institute of British Architects South East Building of the Year

Royal Institute of British Architects National Award 

Royal Institute of British Architects, House of the Year – Shortlisted 

Architects Journal, House of the Year, Manser Medal - Shortlisted 

South Downs National Park Awards, Non-residential Award - Winner 

South Downs National Park Awards, Innovation Award -Winner                                                                              


Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft: 

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award – Nominated


Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft:

Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards, Cultural Buildings - Winner 

Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year - Shortlist 

Building Design Architect of the Year Awards, Public Building Architect of the Year – Finalist 

Council for the Protection of Rural England Awards, New Sussex Landscape category – Full Award 

Royal Institute of British Architects South East Building of the Year 

Royal Institute of British Architects National Award  

Royal Institute of British Architects Regional Award Sussex  

Heritage Trust Awards, Public & Community Award - Winner 

South Downs Society Special Commendation  

Wood Awards, Existing Building Category – Winner  

Wood Awards, Arnold Laver Gold Awards – Winner


Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft:

Apollo Awards. Museum Opening of the Year - Shortlisted 

World Architecture News Awards, Adaptive Re-use Award – Winner


Mission Hall:

Architectural Review AR House Award – Commended 

Building Design Architect of the Year Awards, Public One-off Architect of the Year – Finalist 

Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards - Commended  

Royal Institute of British Architects National Award  

Royal Institute of British Architects Manser Medal – Shortlisted  

Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, Small Scale Residential Award - Winner  

World Architecture News Awards, Home of the Year Award – Shortlisted


Quinta da Serra: 

 Grand Designs Awards, International category – Finalist



Georgian Group Awards, New Building in a Georgian Context Category – Runner-up 

Architects' Journal 40 under 40 Awards




Nithurst Farm

Phantastische Villa: Adam Richards Nithurst Farm, by Lena Stiller – Detail, February 2021 

The Cheese Barge 

The Cheese Barge Architecture Today, August 2021

All Aboard - Elle Decoration, August 2021

Second Nature - FX, July/August 2021

Adam Richards Architects tops floating Cheese Barge with patinated aluminium roof  by James Parkes- Dezeen, June 2021

The Cheese Barge by Adam Richards Architects Is a Timely Homage to the Stirling Pavilion in Venice  by Linda C. Lentz - Architectural Record, May 2021


Nithurst Farm

Una Casa de Campo que juega al despiste -Elle Décor Spain, 27th November 2020 

Una casa de campo que juega al despiste, by Fran Munoz - Elle Décor Spain, November 2020 

Come Un Film -Living: Corriere della sera, 1st November 2020 

Samsung Meets The Architect Who Has Turned WFH Into An Artform - Mr Porter, 25th September 2020 

Collage dans le Sussex - An Architecure of Bits -L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, 1st September 2020 

‘A Roman ruin wrapped around a modern concrete house’ – step inside Adam Richards' Nithurst Farm by Charlie Monaghan - Modern House, 7th August 2020 

Stairway to heaven by Jeremy Musson - Country Life, 5th August 2020 

'Like the sudden revelation of something ancient' Timothy Brittain-Catlin on contemporary follies, by Timothy Brittain-Catlin - Apollo Magasine, 1st May 2020 

Architecture for art’s sake: houses designed to show off artwork by Edwin Heathcote - Financial Times, 12th May 2020 

Tarkowskis Traum, by Florian Siebeck - AD Germany, 1st April 2020 

Off the menu by Emma Love - Elle Decoration UK, 1st April 2020 

Inside Nithurst Farm - a Talented Architect's Dream Home, Architectural Digest USA, 10th March 2020 

Jeu de briques - Milk Decoration, 1st March 2020 

Adam Richards' Nithurst wins Wallpaper Design Award for Best New Private House - Wallpaper, 1st February 2020 

A House of Desires and Dreams by Edwin Heathcote - Financial Times, 25th January 2020 

Nithurst Farm: Adam Richards Distills a Trove of Architectural Inspirations into his Family HomeYatzer, 13th January 2020 

Walmer Castle

Ett nytt Kapitel - RUM, 1st July 2020

Adam Richards Architects uses brick and black zinc for Walmer Castle learning centre - Dezeen, 15th May 2020 

After Fort by Ellie Duffy - AJ Heritage Issue, 27th April 2020 

Adam Richards designs a new education facility for a 16th century castle by the sea by Harriet Thorpe - Wallpaper, 8th April 2020 

New words speak of old themes at Walmer Castle development by Charles Holland - RIBA J, 1st April 2020 

Garden Gate – Architecture Today, March 2020


Nithurst Farm, by Lizzie Crook - Dezeen, 4th December 2019

Points of Reference, by Takero Shimazaki - Architecture Today, December 2019

One for the Ages, Nithurst Farm by Adam Richards by Rob  Wilson - Architects' Journal, 6th November, 2019

Tuscan Palazzo? No! Try a Family Home in Sussex, by Dominic Bradbury - The Times, 2nd November

Nithurst Farm, an Architects Home that's all an Illusion, by Hugh Pearman - RIBA Journal, November 2019

If Tarkovsky had a Farm, by Rowan Moore, October 27th 2019

Nithurst Farm Shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2019, by Ellie Stathaki, 23rd October 2019     

Farm and Function, by Ruth Guilding - World of Interiors, October, 2019


BOOK: New Design for Old Buildings, by Roger Hunt & Ian Boyd - RIBA Publications


BOOK: Designing for Ditchling, by Hilary Williams, Adam Richards & Phil Baines - Orthostat Editions

Timber Case Study: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft - In Touch with Timber magazine, Issue 17, 2015

VIDEO: Adam Richards Architects' Ditchling Museum, by Michaila Hancock - Architects’ Journal, 26 March, 2015


Wood Awards Winner: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, by Hugh Pearman - RIBA Journal, December 2014

And Britain’s Best Museum Is…, by Max Egremont - The Times, 28th April 2014

Retrofit of the Year, by Laura Mark - Architects’ Journal, 17 September 2014

Retrofit Awards 2014 shortlist announced, by Laura Mark - Architects’ Journal, 27 June, 2014 


Museum Opening of the Year Shortlist, by David Eskerdjian - Apollo, The International Art Magazine, December 2013

Ditchling Museum's Guiding Dream, by Andrew Lambirth - The Spectator, 23rd November 2013

Rural Idyll, by Hugh Pearman - RIBA Journal, November 2013

Building: Ditchling Museum, Adam Richards Architects, by Peter Newby - Architecture Today, October 2013

Craftwork/Cult Fictions, by Jay Merrick - Architects’ Journal, 18th October 2013

Crafts in Context, by Michael Hall - Country Life, 16th October 2013

The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, a local museum done right, by Rupert Christiansen - Daily Telegraph, 16th September 2013

A Community of Craftsmen in England, by Alice Rawsthorn - The New York Times, September 15, 2013


Cracking opportunity, by Dominic Bradbury - House & Garden, December 2012

New Mission Hall, by Susanne Ulrik - Tegl Magazine, March 2012


BOOK: Architecture 11: RIBA Buildings of the Year, by Tony Chapman - Merrel

BOOK: Apartment Living: 21st Century Architecture - Images Publishing

Three Houses, by Simon Knox - Architecture Today, November 2011

Manser Medal, by James Pallister - Architects’ Journal, 17th November 2011

Mission Hall, by Amy Frearson - Dezeen, October 2011

Preview: Ditchling Museum, Ed. Catherine Slessor - Architectural Review, September 2011

Top of the Form, by Emma Wells - Sunday Times, 11th September 2011

AR House 2011, Ed. Catherine Slessor/Rob Gregory/Silvana Taher - Architectural Review, August 2011

RIBA Awards 2011, Ed. Rory Olcyato - Architects’ Journal, 16th June 2011

Bright Young Things, by Claire Barrett - Elle Decoration Space Plus, March 2011


BOOK: 21st Century Houses: 150 of the World’s Best, Ed. Robyn Beaver - Images Publishing


BOOK: Build-On: Converted Architecture & Transformed  Buildings, Ed. Robert Klanten & Lukas Feireiss - Gestalten 2009

BOOK: Interactive Architecture Design, by Dr Carlos Calderon - Harvard Design & Technology Series 2009-2

Sculpted by the Mountain, by Mariana Monteiro - House Traders (Portugal), September 2009

Outdoor Pursuits, by Jonathan Self - Country Life, 24th June 2009

Address Book, Ed. Sally Wade - AJ Specification, February 2009

First Look: Cart Lodge conversion will create new front for Ditchling Museum - Building Design magazine, 20th February 2011


A selection of the best Next Generation Architects, by Henrietta Thompson - The Architecture Foundation, 2008


A selection of the best Next Generation Architects - The Architecture Foundation, 2007

BOOK: How to Live in Small Spaces, by Terence Conran - Conran Octopus Ltd.

BOOK: Compendium, The work of the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture, Ed. Tom Holbrook - Cambridge University Press

How we cracked it, Ed. Amanda Birch - Building Design magazine, 15th December 2006


40 Under 40, Ed. Isobel Allen - Architects’ Journal, 16th June 2005

Flint House – Housing in Life - INEX magazine (S Korea), 2005, No.2, Vol.6