Richard Silverman is an architect specialising in urban design and regeneration who has lived in Bristol since 1971. He has a special interest in the reconciliation of urban ideals with the realities of the development industry and in the life of public spaces.

He was in practice as a director of the Alec French Partnership 1982–6 and was design director of Edward Ware Urban Renewal 2002–3.

He was Professor of Architecture and Head of the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff 1986–1999 and is now Professor Emeritus and a visiting teacher at Cardiff

Richard was a Board Member of Cardiff Bay Development Corporation 1989–2000, participating in this £2 billion project whose raison d'etre was collaboration between private and public sectors for urban regeneration. Within this role he chaired the Design Panel overseeing design standards.

He managed the creation of the principal new public space in Cardiff Bay – the Oval Basin – as client for the project, chairing a series of plenary consultative and working meetings bringing together public authorities, landowners and other interests.

In 2001–2 Richard Silverman advised the Bristol Camphill Community at Cherry Orchards, Westbury on Trym on creating their new organic-garden building involving sustainable design principles and collaborative working with the builder.

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Oval Basin, Cardiff

Oval Basin, Cardiff