Peter Rich: “Learnt in translation”

Peter Rich’s distinctive body of work is testament to a lifetime of commitment to the creation of a uniquely African architecture. He has been a pioneer in the documentation of the spatial and aesthetic elements of African tribal settlements and developed an architectural vocabulary that fuses Modernist principles with local tribal convention and sensitivity to material and environment. His practice is distinguished by a deep understanding of context achieved through sustained research into local conditions and close collaboration with communities.

Rich has balanced architectural production with teaching and cultural study, helping to make a significant contribution to the education of an audience for architecture beyond that of practitioners and academics, and to the empowerment of a younger generation of architects.

Rich does not see a building simply as a commodity with a limited life but rather as a small and important part of an often-long process of engagement that extends well beyond the built structure.

Peter Rich CV: click here

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