Richard has also examined the influence of the sharing economy in architecture, in particular the urban metaphors engendered by blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies. The idea of the coded city has sparked his interest recently, informed not least by his investigation of the semiotic theories of the Pragmatic philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce. Richard's work draws on a wide range of sources across many disciplines, including practical experimental and design work. His research into urban living draws on social economics and studies into the society of the gift. While celebrating the opportunities provided by digital technologies, his research adopts a critical posture to both the technologies and the narratives scholars construct around them.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Richard has served as Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, and Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment, that included architecture, music and history of art.