After completing an interior design degree in 2010, Richard went on to pursue a degree in Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, culminating in him leaving with a Masters in Architecture in 2016 from the Graduate school of Architecture. While practising in a small firm, Richard was given the opportunity to return to the GSA as an assistant lecturer for Unit 17 for a year in 2017. In 2018, after successfully registering as a Professional Architect, Richard decided to take the leap and start building up his own practice, Blackline Architects.
Q: What was your time at the GSA like?
A: The best part of my Architectural studies was the feeling that we were all doing something new, ground-breaking, exciting, different, unusual and unknown – all rolled into two years.
Q: How has the GSA impacted your life?
A: It has had quite an impact on my life because the GSA has changed my perspective on what architecture is and what architecture should be.
Q: How do you think the GSA is shifting the profession?
A: It is enabling a new generation of Architects to enter the South African environment, the likes of which has not seen this type of calibre of students entering the workspace for many, many years.
Q: Did the GSA teach you to be an architect?
A: No, the GSA taught me to think like an Architect, and to be a maker.
Q: How do you describe the movement we are creating at the school?
A: It is leading the way in Architectural education within Africa.
Q: Describe the GSA in one word / one sentence.
Q: Which staff member made an impact on your life at the GSA.
A: Lesley Lokko.
Alumni - Unit 12 Alumni, 2017. Photo: © Georgia Gronewold Graphic Design: © DieAteljee
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