Hall McKnight Architects: Richard Dougherty
Where are they now?
I graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003 and worked for a number of local practices before moving to Australia to travel and participate in the Deaflymics Games for Ireland in Melbourne. I initially took up a post with Melbourne City Council’s Urban Design Department and latterly was with an award-winning sustainable architecture firm.
I returned home to Belfast in 2006 and have worked for Hackett Hall (now Hall McKnight) ever since. I have worked on a wide range of projects including a new Transport Hub for West Belfast, a stone dwelling on the Mourne Mountains foothills and a high-end residential development in Prague.
I’m currently involved in designing a new campus building for Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington D.C.
As well as being project architect for several highly crafted projects, I was the recipient of the ‘Project Architect of the Year’ award at the 2019 RSUA Awards ceremony for our work on the Colin Connect Transport Hub in Belfast.
Away from the office, I enjoy participating in research for the Deaf Community and wrote and recently presented a piece at the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness Congress in Wales.