Life and work
Paxton was one of four children of a Royal Air Force officer and spent his childhood travelling around the world, Malaysia in particular. He attended Brighton and Hove Grammar School, followed by architecture school at Kingston Polytechnic.
After graduating, Paxton worked for Ahrends, Burton & Koralek. In 1985 he established the practice of Paxton Locher, with Heidi Locher (whom he married in 1987). He supplemented their income with part-time teaching at Kingston and the Bartlett School in London. The practice worked on a number of house projects in London, including a revamp of the home of author Douglas Adams. 
- Kenneth Powell (24 March 2006). "Richard Paxton: Architect of the Jerwood Space and Soho Theatre - as well as houses striking for their use of natural light". The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2014.