Sustainable technologies and sustainable communities, pioneering ‘homegrown’ building solutions.

Light Earth Designs LLP is a partnership between award winning architects Peter Rich, Timothy Hall and the engineer Michael Ramage (University of Cambridge and formerly MIT).

Light Earth Designs have developed an innovative and award winning thin shell vaulting technology – a fusion of advanced structural analysis, architectural design with labour intensive, locally sourced material

production offering a much needed solution to building sustainably in the developing world context.

Light Earth Designs has pioneered vaulting using locally made air dried hand pressed soil tiles.

With two multi award winning built works completed to date, Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa (winner of the 2009 World Building of the Year) and The Earth Pavilion for the Prince of Wales Start exhibition in London, this method of construction has proved to be innovative, cost effective and beautiful.


Light Earth Designs LLP is an award winning company with a reputation for consistent innovation at the highest level of design.