Richard Buchanan co-founded Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. in 1996 with the desire to focus on custom residential design and country property planning, including equestrian facilities. Since then he has expanded his repertoire to include the design of sporting pavilions, adaptive re-use of many types of buildings, restaurants, children’s recreation spaces, historic restoration and the design of iron and woodwork products.
Mr. Buchanan’s responsibilities as a founding partner include involvement in all phases of a project, from conceptual design through construction administration. Initial design begins with attentive listening to the needs of the client and translation of those hopes and wishes into a concept that gives form to the program, the budget, the governing codes and the site parameters and opportunities. Mr. Buchanan’s role as a lead designer, both here and in previous firms, has given him years of experience bringing these often competing elements together both poetically and efficiently.
He has written for the various organizations on the relationship of design to open space preservation including the Brandywine Conservancy, lectured on the firm’s affinity for “Making the New Look Old” at the Philadelphia Antiques Show and on the surprisingly varied current design influences in traditional residential design.
Community service activities include memberships on various boards and panels where an understanding of the built environment help to broaden and strengthen the mission of local organizations such as the West Chester Planning Commission, Delaware Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees and East Bradford Township Historic Architectural Review Board. A life long horseman, he provided the pro bono design of new stables for Mr. Stewarts Cheshire Foxhounds.
Mr. Buchanan lives in Chester County with his veterinarian wife and two daughters, where he enjoys tinkering on his farm with his own old house and flight as a private pilot.
American Institute of Architects
The Institute of Classical Architecture
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Board of Trustees 2003-2010
West Chester Borough Planning
East Bradford Township Historic
West Marlborough Township
Historic Resources Task Force
Buck and Doe Trust - Board of Trustees
Escola Technica Superiore d’Arquitectura,
Syracuse University School of
Architecture Florence, Italy
Royal Institute of Architecture
Scholarship, Vancouver, B.C.
U.B.C. Graduate fellow Anse
Chastenet, St. Lucia, W.I.
Commonwealth Design Award 2003
Electronic House - Silver Medal
in Best Home Theater 2008
PA SARA Design Award 2009
Preservation Alliance of Greater
Philadelphia Award 2010
Township of Lower Merion –
Historic Preservation Award 2010
Delaware Contractors Assoc.
PA SARA Design Award 2011
Brick in Architecture Award 2011
Often we are asked to create
a modern family home with vitality,
formality and yet playfulness
of the great country houses of Europe