South African Architect Peter Rich to Present 'Conversations with Africa' Lecture on April 10

The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre at Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo, South Africa, was awarded the "World Building of the Year" at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2009.
Courtesy of Peter Rich Architects

The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre at Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo, South Africa, was awarded the "World Building of the Year" at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2009.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Peter Rich will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series.

Rich, Honorary FAIA, Int. FRIBA, is the founder of Peter Rich Architects in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In his lecture, titled “Conversations with Africa,” he will discuss current work engaging the physical and cultural context.

His respect for African worldview and culture was born out of seminal spatial studies he undertook from the 1960s to the 1990s among the indigenous people of Southern Africa. The lessons he learned from this documentation and social research (both before and after the social engineering of apartheid) paved the way for a career of understanding and communicating Africa's genius to the world. He has been honored for his contribution to contemporary African architecture and championing of the less privileged in the world.

Rich is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge in England. He has been awarded the Gold Medal by the South African Institute of Architects, and is a recent recipient of the South African Professional Service Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was named an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Rich has adjudicated both international competitions and national awards of excellence in architecture and has taught and directed master classes across the globe.

His Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre at Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo, South Africa, was awarded the "World Building of the Year" at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2009.

He was a curator's choice to exhibit his drawings of his organic architecture at the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale.

The school is pursuing continuing education credits for this lecture through the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free, with limited seating.

For more information, contact 479-575-4704 or fayjones.uark.edu

Contacts

Shawnya Lee Meyers, digital media specialist
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
479-575-4744, slmeyers@uark.edu

Michelle Parks, director of communications
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
479-575-4704, mparks17@uark.edu

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