Mike Richards studied architecture at the Central London Polytechnic 1966 to 1972. He began his career in the GLC Housing Department, and went on to work for various private practices in London, Toronto and Bristol. He worked for Solon Housing Association before leaving to establish Inscape Architects in 1984. He has campaigned on community issues, being a founding member of Bristol Voice in the 1970's, a director of Open Space Ltd (a proposal for artist studios & workshops in bonded warehouse), co-champion and director of the millennium Orbit Project (a city-wide orrery combining planet locations with sculpture, technology and music) which received wide support, media coverage and international interest.
His practice has competed in local and national design competitions with success, short listing and commendations. In Bristol, the 'riverstation' restaurant is one of Mike Richards' best known completed buildings. This received several awards, including Building of the Year Award 'Jeu d'Esprit' from the Royal Fine Art Commission and Sky B Sky, Bristol Civic Society Award, and Civic Trust 40th Anniversary commendation. A Bristol Civic Society Environmental Award has showed further local recognition of the practice’s work for a 10 dwelling competition-winning development in Kingsdown Parade and a Redland & Cotham Amenity Society commendation for a house in Cotham.
Mike Richards' work has been illustrated in professional and popular journals including the RIBA Journal, Sunday Times, Pevsner Architectural Guide – Bristol, Bristol's 100 Best Buildings, Ideal Home, Self Build & Design. Several national television series have been filmed using his local contemporary designed housing as a location.
Mike Richards is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and director of Inscape Richards Architects Ltd. He has an informed interest in sustainable construction and buildings.