Richard Mullane

Design thinking gives us great solutions to challenges as diverse as how to create a safe street for kids to ride to school or how to reshape cities to face rising sea levels.”

Richard wears many hats well – from architect to urban designer to urban planner. With periods in our Sydney, Shanghai and San Francisco studios, he also brings a truly global view to everything he does.

Richard regularly contributes to our international work, playing key roles in award-winning projects in transport, education and waterfronts – including the Resilient by Design challenge in San Francisco.

He’s a strong believer in the power of architecture to combat emerging global challenges and prepare cities for the future, and he has a particular interest in China’s urbanisation and resilience.

An insightful, articulate leader and a great facilitator for involving communities in the design process, he loves how combined, focused effort can unlock the greater potential of a place. 

Key projects

  • Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, San Francisco, USA
  • Newcastle City Centre Urban Renewal, Australia
  • Qixia Mountain Tourism Zone & Cultural Creative Industry Urban Design, Nanjing, China
  • Binhai High-Speed Railway Station Interchange, Tianjin, China
  • CBD Metro Urban Design and Master Planning, Sydney, Australia
  • Tangshan Tangquan River Zone A Parkland Master Plan and Pavilion Architecture, China
  • Advanced Engineering Centre, University of Brighton, United Kingdom


Principal / Sector Leader - Environment & Communities


San Francisco


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What role do creeks and shorelines play in climate adaptation? Two years after the @ResilientBay challenge, hear from the participants and see our vision for South San Francisco’s Colma Creek. @ca_coastal @scape_studio @rebuildbydesign @R_Mullane @wrtdesign


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