Paul Richardson – BA (Hons) Architecture

Involved in a similar interest in curvature in buildings (but designed using a completely different methodology) since his music school project, Paul is pursuing the ‘ideal curve’, through studies in materials, structures and meaningful spaces at human and city scale that incorporate and identify elegance in architecture through curvilinear design. Paul is a gregarious and valuable member of the student cohort who never ceases to try to improve progressively what he needs to learn and do in architecture.

Paul tells us about his experience:

“From the early stages of my architectural studies the expression of forms and structure has become a growing interest starting in first year with simple yet expressive tectonics in architecture which I later developed in second year by manipulating simple forms into more refined curved architecture. Developing my interests in architecture has allowed me to investigate to a deeper understanding the evocative nature of the geometric forms that can be crafted and so elegantly expressed by it.”

Paul’s Research on the Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012):

 I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to the free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous water of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. (Niemeyer, 2006, citied in Hess and Weintraub, 2006, p.11.)

Hess, A. and Weintraub, A. (2006). Oscar Niemeyer Houses. New York: Rizzoli International