We are a multi-disciplinary design practice with a strong focus on innovation

ARCHI develops client relationships with trust and professional insight to guide conceptual projects to fruition. ARCHI has been involved in Feasibility Studies and Business Case Studies since 2011+. Our extensive experience has covered various sectors of industry.

Feasibility Projects Include Parliament Space Utilization Project, Western Province Blood Transfusion Services, Balmoral Properties, Claremont Educational Precinct Development (including Claremont High School, Barkley House, and various heritage buildings) Ladismith Housing, African Freedom Museum etc. The various projects as listed above vary in sector and cost range. These project feasibilities are generally long-term projects invested to grow in collaboration with the team expertise as well as the Client body.

ARCHI has demonstrated the ability to generate feasibility to full project development through the careful and critical guidance of a full professional team with collective contributions. Feasibilities are a test of opportunity with design and cost alignment. The generic outline for feasibilities rely on strategic planning and sequential development to ensure that the overall or masterplan can be implemented as designed.

/ An Award-Winning Practice

 

2018 – African Construction Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 – Expert Judge for Women in Construction Awards – Entrepreneur/ Rising Star (Under 40)

2017 – Women in Construction, Pioneer of Innovation Award

2017 – Women in Construction, Excellence in Career Development Award

2016 – WICA Excellence in Career Development Award

2011 – SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Award Commendation / Nike FTC_Soweto

2011 – World Architecture Award Finalist / Civic & Community / Nike FTC / Soweto

2010 – Gold Loerie Award for Communication Design, Architecture, Interior Design / Nike FTC_Soweto

/ Our Team

 

Our team is a Collaborative of Global Industry Specialists and forward-thinking individuals who believe a positive global shift can be effected though innovation.

Our seasoned team has more than 20 years experience in the industry. Whilst having extensive experience, our team is dynamic and synonymous with current trend, technical and digital innovation. Our Research hub, Archi.Tokyo spearheads our technical innovation and prototype projects.

The universal influence of social media has transformed the way we engage space and our interaction with the built environment. We incorporate digital platforms within design in order to optimise user experience – to bridge the gap between the digital and real. Our design narratives result in a collective of experiences of the individual, community, local context and global interpretation.

We believe it is critical that the buildings we design are responsive as well as integral to its local context. This, in turn, creates an on-going dialogue between building, user, and the greater urban context. We believe in designing socially and environmentally responsive buildings that are intrinsically linked to issues of global relevance.

Rahdia K. Parker

SPECIALIST, STRATEGIST ARCHITECT

PR.Arch, M.Arch. (UCT) MIA (SA)

Rahdia is a professional Architect who practices as a specialist Interpretation Strategist. Her focus is on Masterplanning and Spatial Economics. Rahdia co-founded ARCHI in 2011, where she has been the Head of Interpretive Strategy from 2011 to date. Her speciality also includes conceptual mapping and brand interpretation.

Rahdia is committed to translating client’s ideas to reality through sensory experience. She has been involved in numerous Corporate brand Spatial implementation strategies.

Policy Disruptor and game-changer. Rahdia is committed to challenging normative standards to effect social transformation through innovation. She has been instrumental in the Claremont Precinct Feasibility study and project implementation plan, amongst numerous educational projects. Rahdia is also involved in the city plan for displaced persons in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Project also involves an interpretation centre for refugees which is an experiential sculptural building. In 2012 she initiated a project to alleviate overcrowding in schools. The project has since placed 950 schools in over 200 locations across the Western Cape. 31350 learners now have access to a classroom, effectively improving the national literacy rate.

Rahdia has received the 2018 African Construction, Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious accolade highlights her impressive contribution to the built environment industry over the past 15 years.

She has also received the 2016 WICA award for excellence in career development.

In 2015 she was invited to participate at the UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Riefqah Abrahams

SPECIALIST, INNOVATIONS ARCHITECT

PR.Arch, M.Arch. MIA (SA)

Industry Disruptor, Gamechanger, Implementation Analyst. Riefqah is a Specialist in Social restoration and transformation. As co-founder of ARCHI, she has been the head of technical and social innovation from 2011 to date. Riefqah has more than 13 years experience in the industry. She is committed to promoting basic human rights and sustainable design in post-disaster scenarios.

“Innovative design can change the world”.

She has been involved in post-disaster risk reduction projects, migration/displacement crisis solutions, state of the art exhibition buildings and brand interpretation architecture. She has been instrumental in designing a city plan for displaced persons in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Project also involves an Interpretation Centre for refugees. She was also the local Project Architect on a state of the art R100 million exhibition building for Nike in Soweto, the first of its kind in Africa. The building was completed in a record 5-months.

Riefqah has received the 2017, Pioneer of Innovation award, which celebrates influential women within the built environment in Africa. In 2018, amongst industry leaders, she was commissioned to be on the Judging Panel for the African Construction Awards.

She has also received the 2016 WICA award for excellence in career development. Following her work in Emergency relief architecture to mitigate overcrowding in schools, Riefqah has been invited to participate at the UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan. She has also been invited to the Building Peace Foundation Global Round Table chaired by Kofi Anan in Venice, Italy,2014.