Richard Bossons is an Architect and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers. He was a co-opted member of the Chilterns Conservation Board Planning Committee advising on design, and was on the CCB committee responsible for the new edition of the Chilterns Building Design Guide.
Richard’s award-winning practice has designed buildings and interiors for many large and well-known companies, including working as a consultant to Xerox for nearly 30 years, involved in over 80 projects in the UK and internationally.
Projects have been wide-ranging including office buildings for over 800 staff, sensitively designed houses and barn conversions in the Chiltern Hills, eco-housing and holiday apartments in Somerset, a Hindu Centre in London, offices and an apartment in Moscow, a West End shop, and Internet Data Centres for major US corporations. Product design has included furniture, a ceramic tile range, light switches, a partitioning system, taps, and prefabricated bathroom modules.
Sustainable design and energy conservation have been an important part of the practice’s projects for over 30 years (the Xerox HQ was a finalist in the Green Building of the Year Awards, and the subject of a BRE study on ‘environmentally acclaimed’ buildings). Richard was an early member of the Association for Environment Conscious Building.
The citation for the Chilterns Building Design Award summed up the practice’s approach:
‘Hunt’s Green Barn retains a simple exterior which relates well to the surrounding landscape, and an interior space designed with sensitivity and exceptional attention to detail’
No longer practising Richard now prefers to write about camera history and early cinematography. He has a particular interest in the 1929 Soviet experimental film by Dziga Vertov ‘Man with a Movie Camera’, widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. His recent book ‘The Movie Cameras in Man with a Movie Camera’ was praised as ‘remarkable’ by Laurent Mannoni of the Cinémathèque française, the leading authority on the history of the cinema. Richard is also developing a website devoted to this iconic film: manwithamoviecamera.uk. His original research has been described by Vertov scholars as ‘extraordinary’, ‘revisionary’, and a ‘huge step ahead’ in knowledge of the film.
Richard with his 1924 Debrie Parvo 35mm movie camera