Co-founder, partner-CEO of Richez_Associés, and director of ZD_R in Kuala Lumpur, Thomas Richez was president of AFEX (French organisation for architects working abroad) from 2002 to 2008. Architect, engineer and urban planner from French engineering school Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), and graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Thomas Richez developed a holistic approach to his profession from the very beginnings of the practice in 1985, fully exploiting the three disciplines. The practice’s architectural activity was developed in France and in Asia, with projects such as the towers for the Euralille development and the French embassy in Singapore. Work designing new urban plans and public spaces has included the Grisettes development in Montpellier, the Charolais-Rotonde project in Paris, and the new city of Putrajaya in Malaysia. An expertise in transport systems has been built on projects such as the tramway lines in Le Mans and Orleans, as well as transport interchanges including La Baule and Lens.
He is currently working on several metro station projects within the urban development project Grand Paris.