Peter Rich Architects is a practice dedicated to the creation of authentic contemporary African architecture. We strive to create places and spaces that are meaningful, moving and uplifting for all who occupy them. For us, every project is different, demanding a bespoke solution. Through sustained research into local context and conditions we develop solutions that are unique to their time and place. We believe that technology should empower local people, development communities and build livelihoods. During the 1970s, as a reaction to the destruction of South African indigenous settlements under apartheid, Peter researched and documented the traditional rural settlements of the southern ama-Ndebele. His work was brought to a local and international audience though extensive publication and prolific lecturing. After 1994, the establishment of democracy allowed Peter to engage with a series of important cultural heritage projects funded by the South African government, using Cultural tourism initiatives to battle poverty and heal the deep wounds of apartheid. The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre (awarded the “Building of the Year” at the WAF in 2009) and the Alexandra Heritage Centre, both recently completed, have been widely published and applauded as mature built works, a culmination of a lifetimes passion for architecture.