Richlabs designs beautiful buildings for wonderful people who appreciate our passion and sensibility towards their needs, budget, site conditions and the relationship of their building to the landscape.
We strive to be honest, humble, companionate, and egalitarian in all that we do. We are aware that we are realising other people’s dreams and if we honest about our thoughts and respectfully consider everyone’s opinions, that the result will be loved by all.
We are fascinated by simple solutions that can be highly effective. The simple solutions are often harmonious, cost effective and easier to build. We are also always willing to explore, experiment and invent.
Our company has been running since 2012 and have been fortunate enough to design a great variety of building types:
residential houses, apartment buildings, urban regeneration, holiday houses, clinics, schools, factories, lodges in exotic destinations and urban design on a variety of scales. We recognise that every project has its own set of unique criteria. In renovation work we take great joy in proposing small changes that make a big difference!
We are a Johannesburg and Nelspruit based architectural team that satellites to the award-winning office, Peter Rich Architects. We are currently working with Peter Rich and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on The Green City Kigali project for 160-hectare urban development in Rwanda. We won the competition in 2021 and are now in the refinement of the masterplan and concept design.
Robert has 18 years experience in architectural practice and comes from a family of passionate architects.
In 2004 Robert won one of the 5 merit ABSA young artist awards and worked on the winning competition for Tianjin Train Station while at AREP in Paris, France. He represented Pretoria University at the 2005 Global Studio in Istanbul. Awarded best sustainable masters project at The University Of Pretoria 2006 (cum laude)
Robert was a mentor at Global Studio 2008 in Johannesburg. Worked for my father; Peter Rich Architect for 8 years. In that time, He curated Peter Rich’s retrospective exhibition in South Africa and Brisbane, Australia and was project architect on a number of projects in Peter Rich Architects. He worked on the conservation document for Aksum World Heritage Site in Ethiopia and was part of the team that were shortlisted for the Cradle of Humankind interpretation centre and Sterkfontein caves in Magaliesburg.
In 2009 he was part of Peter Rich Architects team that won World Building of The Year award at WAF, Barcelona for Mapumgubwe Interpretation Centre.
He was external examiner for Masters Students at Bloemfontein University from 2016-2018. Taught 3rd year design at Wits for 2 years 2014-2015. In 2013 he joined Richlabs and have worked on a variety of scales from 1150 apartments in 12 refurbished old industrial buildings.
In 2015 he was part of the team that worked on a competition with Green Inc for Repi Park in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and won ILASA Award of Excellence in 2015.l for this project. Sontonga Lofts was featured in Visi Magazine in 2019. He is passionate about architecture, travel sketching, photography and teaching.
OUR PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN
Our Architectural approach is rooted in strong principles that guide an appropriate solution to our clients’ specific needs. These principles are as follows: