Peter Rich’s greatest contribution to African architecture has been through his seminal research into African concepts of space-making in sub Saharan Africa. He has successfully applied this knowledge in his Architectural practice Peter Rich Architect’s, in improving the quality of life of African communities.
By telling the stories of both living and past cultures through Cultural Heritage projects, Peter Rich Architects has embarked on communicating the genius of Africa to the World.
Peter was relatively unknown in Europe before winning the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona in 2009 for the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre. Recent projects include Thematic Master Planning for Aksum, Ethiopia (the oldest sub Saharan city dating approximately 3,500 years old) and the Laetoli African Footprint Museum in Tanzania (A museum showcasing our origins 3,6 million year old hominid footprints).
He co-founded the Kigali, Rwanda based practice Light Earth Design (LED) in 2012, in order to lead the development of local African building industries through the application of appropriate building technologies. His African space making research contributed to LED developing best practice solutions in high-density urban environments for first generation urban dwellers.
Peter Rich lectures and teaches both in Africa and across the World. He is the Director of International Master Classes which researching Housing and Public buildings that contributes to improving the lives of African communities.
His contribution to African and World Architecture, has recently been honoured by the following Architecture Institutions:
International Fellow of the Royal institute of British architects (Int. FRIBA) 2015
Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon. FAIA) 2012
South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Gold Medal 2012