Richard England

Richard England Portrait

Richard England was born in Malta and graduated in Architecture at the University of Malta. He continued his studies in Italy at the Milan Polytechnic and also worked as a student – architect in the studio of the Italian architect-designer Gio Ponti.

He is also a sculptor, photographer, poet, artist and the author of several books. His architectural works have been published in leading international journals. A monograph Connections (Lund Humphries London) was published in 1984 by the then architecture correspondent of The Times Charles Knevitt followed by two publications by Chris Abel, Richard England: 25 Years of Architecture (Mid-Med Bank Malta, 1987) and Manikata Church (Academy Editions London, 1995). Richard England, The Spirit of Place (L’ARCA Edizioni) was published in Italy in 1998 and the extensive monograph Richard England by Edwin Heathcote (Wiley-Academy London) in 2002, which provides the most extensive coverage of his architectural works. A collection of photographs by Timmy Gambin, Between Shadow and Stone (A visual exploration of Richard England’s architecture) was published by Midsea Books, Malta in 2010. As a poet, he is the author of Eye to I (Said International – Malta, 1994), Sanctuaries and Clavichords (LIBRiA, Italy, 2006/2009), and the forthcoming Tapestries (LIBRiA, 2012). He is also the author of a number of books on Maltese contemporary artists.


Richard England is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malta, having acted as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture between 1987 and 1989, a Professor (Honoris Causa) at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an Hon. Visiting Fellow at the University of Bath, in England. He is a Professor and Academician at the International Academy of Architecture, and also a Professor (Honoris Causa) at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of New York, U.S.A. In 1993 the Government of Malta appointed him Officer of The Order of Merit. In 1995, he received an Honoris Causa Professorship by the University of the Republic of Georgia and in 1999, he was appointed an Hon Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is also the recipient of Honoris Causa Doctorates from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and the Spiru Haret University in Romania. Richard England has lectured and exhibited his work in North and South America, the U.K., Europe, the Middle and Far East and ex-U.S.S.R. During the decade of the 70’s he worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while in the early 80’s he was appointed, together with Robert Venturi, Arup Associates, Arthur Erickson, Sheppard Robson, Riccardo Bofill and others, as architectural consultant to the Mayorality of Baghdad, Iraq to work on the rehabilitation of the city.


His buildings and designs have earned him numerous awards, including eight International Academy of Architecture Awards and two Commonwealth Association of Architects Regional awards. Others include the Gold Medal of the City of Toulouse in 1985, the International Committee of Architectural Critics Silver Medal in 1987, the 1988 Georgia, U.S.S.R. Biennale Laureate Prize and an IFRAA – AIA Award for Religious Architecture in 1991. In 1996 he was the winner of the International Prize at the III Architectural Biennale of Costa Rica and in 2000 he was the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Belgrade Architectural Triennale. In 2002 he was invited by the National Council of Culture and Art in Mexico to deliver the key address at the Luis Barragan Memorial Symposium. He was also awarded the Grand Prix of the International Academy of Architecture in 2006 and in 2012 the International Academy of Architecture Annual Award.


Among his best known buildings in Malta are the Church of St Joseph at Manikata, the Central Bank of Malta Annexe, the Millennium Chapel and the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta.


Richard England has lectured and worked in the following countries: USA, UK, Ex-Yugoslavia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, Kazakhstan and his native Malta.


Walls of Malta, M.R.S.M., Malta, 1973.
White is White, M.R.S.M., Malta, 1973.
Contemporary Art in Malta, editor and contributor, A Malta Art Festival Publication, Malta, 1974.
Carrier-Citadel Metamorphosis, M.R.S.M., Malta, 1980.
Island: A poem for seeing, M.R.S.M., Malta, 1980.
Uncaged Reflections, selected writings 1965 – 80, M.R.S.M., Malta, 1980.
In Search of Silent Spaces, M.R.S.M., Malta, 1983.
Octaves of Reflection, with Charles Camilleri, A John Arthur Studio Publication, London, 1987.
Eye to I, selected poems, Said International, Malta, 1994.
Mdina. Citadel of Memory, with Conrad Thake, Atlantis Publications, Malta, 1995.
FRAXIONS, LIBRiA, Italy, 1995.
Sacri Luoghi, LIBRiA, Italy, 1997.
Gozo. Island of Oblivion LIBRiA, Italy. 1997.
Transfigurations – Places of Prayer, with Linda Schubert, LIBRiA, Italy. 2000.
Gabriel Caruana, A Bank of Valletta Exhibition, catalogue, Malta. 2001
Gabriel Caruana, Ceramics LIBRiA, Italy. 2002
Viaggio In Italia, schizzi e disegni, Introduzione Paolo Portoghesi, LIBRiA, Italy. 2002
The Palette, John Borg Manduca, LIBRiA, Italy. 2004.
Between Sky + Earth, Norbert Attard, Heritage Malta, Malta. 2007.
Sanctuaries, Selected poems, LIBRiA, Italy. 2006.
Clavichords, Selected poems, LIBRiA, Italy. 2009.
Santorini, The Enchanted Isle, LIBRiA, Italy. 2011.
Tapestries, Selected poems, LIBRiA, Italy. 2012.

Richard England, Architect in Malta, Emile Henvaux. Editions de la Libraire Encyclopedique, Belgium, 1969.
Manikata: The Making of a Church, Charles Knevitt, a Manikata Church Publication, Malta, 1980. Second Edition, 1986.
Cards on the Table: Concept Drawings by Richard England, Maelee Thomson Foster, M.R.S.M., Malta. 1980. Second edition, revised and enlarged, 1983.
Connections: The Architecture of Richard England, Charles Knevitt, Lund Humphries, United Kingdom, 1984.
Transformations: Richard England, 25 Years of Architecture, Chris Abel, Mid-Med Bank Ltd, Malta, 1987.
Manikata Church Malta, Chris Abel, Academy Editions, United Kingdom, 1995.
Richard England, The Spirit of Place, l’ARCA Edizioni, Italy, 1998.
Richard England, by Edwin Heathcote, Wiley-Academy, United Kingdom, 2002.
Richard England Architect as Artist, Editor Dennis Sharp, Texts Manfredi Nicoletti and Mario Botta, BookART, London, 2007.
Between Shadow & Stone, Photography by Timmy Gambin, Midsea Books, Malta, 2010.