Richard founded HAWKES architecture in 2008 whilst building his own home, the Crossway Passive House in Kent, which first featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs programme in 2009. This pioneering and iconic project springboarded Hawkes Architecture into specialising in the design of ground-breaking contemporary, low carbon sustainable buildings and 'eco' refurbishments.

Richard is a visiting guest speaker at eminent academic institutions including The AA (Architecture Association), Royal College of Arts, Cambridge University, University of Westminster, University of Kent & University of Creative Arts in Canterbury.

Keynote speaking and writing magazine articles for the construction industry are developing as a facet of my work in educating the public, industry and academic institutions on matters focussed on issues of sustainability. Richard is actively involved with sustainability research with Cambridge University.

E.D.U.C.A.T.E. Sustainability Initiative Richard is the RIBA appointed representative on the EDUCATE initiative (Environmental Design in University Curricula & Architectural Training in Europe). He was also a jury member on the first European wide sustainable design award in 2012

Ashford Borough Council - Regional Design Panel Richard is a member of Design South East's review panel, including Ashford Borough Council’s Regional Design Panel.

2003 – 2008 Senior Architect ORMS Richard was responsible for the delivery of buildings including among others Uppingham School's Paul David Music Centre, and University College School's Art & Modern Language building.

1995 – 2002 Architect EPR Architects Ltd Project Architect on various completed projects including; £185m Cardinal Place project, Victoria. Greenwich Millennium Village (Erskine Phase 1), £30m Parliament View 189 apartment building, £8m Drury Lane 52 apartments