Richard Hassell graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989. He was awarded a Master of Architecture degree from the RMIT University, Melbourne in 2002. He was a board member of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Design Advisory Committee and served as member on the Housing and Development Board (HDB) Architectural Design Panel. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.
With Wong Mun Summ, he co-founded WOHA in 1994, based in Singapore. Since then, WOHA has accrued a varied portfolio of work and is known for its distinct approach to biophilic design and integrated landscaping. The practice has won a number of architectural awards, most recently the 2019 Urban Habitat and Best Mixed-Use Building awards from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and 2018 World Building of the Year for Kampung Admiralty and 2018 Best Tall Building Worldwide for the Oasia Hotel Downtown.