Director, Archi Cape Town, South Africa
Disruptor, Gamechanger, Implementation Analyst. Social restoration and transformation.
Riefqah is a co-founder of ARCHI and has been the head of technical and social innovation from 2011 to date. Riefqah has over 13 years experience in the industry. She has been involved in a number of feasibility studies and financial modelling for business cases.
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, migration/displacement crisis, state of the art exhibition buildings and brand interpretation centres. She has also been instrumental in designing a city plan for displaced persons in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Project involves an Interpretation Centre for refugees which is envisioned to be an expressive sculptural building.
She was also the local Project Architect on a state of the art 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, WiCA 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.
She has been invited to participate at the UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction. She has also been invited to the 2014 Building Peace Foundation Global Round Table chaired by the late Kofi Anan.