Richard Coutts

Baca Architects

Richard is Team Principle and founder of Baca Architects – an international award winning, research led, design practice, which specialises in integrating high quality design with environmental issues. Baca is internationally recognised for innovation in flood resilience, climate adaptive architecture and spatial planning.

His work promotes a paradigm shift in thinking by “making space for water” within developments rather than trying to hold it out through traditional defenses alone. Working in collaboration with regulatory bodies, local authorities, developers and privateers – Richard has demonstrated that this approach can be cost effective whilst improving the safety and quality of life for many.

Under Richard’s leadership the practice have delivered many firsts: a flood resilient policy for the London Borough of Sutton, robust planning principles for DEFRA, planning permissions for large and small developments and the UK’s first amphibious and building regulations compliant floating homes.

Richard is a member of the RIBA’s Policy Team and supports DEFRA’s Core Cities Flood Advisory Group at No. 10 Downing Street.

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Unlocking sites through flood resilient Planning’

As the motor-car influenced 50’s planning, it is water and climate change that will influence the next generation of city and townscape designs. Yet as policy adapts to these needs, so must designers, planners and builders equip themselves with new tools and skills, to meet these challenges.