Jacques Richter was born in Lausanne in 1954. He received his degree in architecture from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich, in 1979, and in 1981, he enrolled in the M. Arch program at Yale University, where he met Ignacio Dahl Rocha. After receiving the M. Arch at Yale in 1983, he practiced as an associate at Richter et Gut bureau d’architectes in Lausanne. His Espacité competition project (1987) was awarded first prize, and his SWHome housing system for the first EUROPAN competition (1989–90) was awarded the Lauréat for Switzerland.
In 1993, Jacques Richter took over the office of Richter et Gut, and founded Richter & Dahl Rocha Architectes with Ignacio Dahl Rocha. From 1984 to 1989, he taught at the École d’Architecture Athenaeum Lausanne (EAAL). In addition to co-directing Richter Dahl Rocha, he serves on various committees and boards, including the Forum d’Architecture Romand (FAR) and the Comité de la Distinction Vaudoise d’Architecture (DVA). He is chair of the French-Swiss committee of the Centre Suisse d’Études pour la Rationalisation de la Construction (CRB).
Richter was active in the Association Jardin Urbain in Lausanne for Lausanne Jardins in 2004 and 2009. He is a member of the Comité de la Chambre Vaudoise Immobilière (CVI) and the boards of the Fondation du Théâtre du Jorat and Compagnie Philippe Saire.