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Peter Rich received 'The World Building of the Year Award' in 2009, was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010 and an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in 2015; as well as having received numerous invitations to speak at architecture schools in India, Europe, Africa, Asia and the US.
In his native country, he was awarded a South African Institute Gold Medal in 2010 (the highest honour bestowed by the architectural profession in SA) and has received numerous SAIA awards.
The author has had unprecedented access to the architect, with over 20 hours of in-depth interview, as well as numerous site visits and informal discussions.
Internationally renowned, Peter Rich’s career represents a lifelong attempt to find a contemporary, yet uniquely African mode of design. This book follows the chronology of his work which emerges from a fascination with African indigenous settlements, including his documentation, publication and exhibition of Ndebele art and architecture, and his friendship with sculptor Jackson Hlungwani. It explores what Rich calls “African Space Making” and its forms of complex symmetry; various collaborative community oriented designs of the Apartheid and post-Apartheid period, especially Mandela's Yard in Alexandra township; and finally, his more recent timbrel vaulted structures, constructed from low-tech hand-pressed soil tiles derived from his highly innovative and award winning work at Mapungubwe. The book shows how Rich combines African influences with an environmental awareness aligned to Modernist principles.