Richard Hassell is an Australian-born architect and artist who lives in Singapore. He founded the architectural practice WOHA with Wong Mun Summ in 1989. WOHA exhibited their works in the Venice Biennale and has received 7 President’s Design Awards, the highest design accolade in Singapore.
Richard has continuously created art since early childhood, a practice that continued throughout his professional architectural career and encompassed drawing, painting and sculpture. His art practice intersects with his architectural practice and explores complex geometries and tiling. Since 2004 Richard has extended M.C. Escher’s works on tessellations and symmetry into new geometries that were discovered after Escher’s death. These complex geometries have also been incorporated into the designs of WOHA’s buildings. Richard has created a number of commissioned works for various public spaces in Italy, Indonesia, and Singapore.