As architects we have a responsibility towards the society and the planet. I believe in designing buildings that are climate resilient and that empower local people, but at the same time are in balance with the poetic dimensions of architecture.
Anton Larsen joined the MASS Kigali office as a Senior Associate in February 2017. He first came to Africa in 2011 to work for Peter Rich Architects in South Africa, where he worked on the exhibition, “Learnt in Translation”, which was the practice retrospective look at African space making applied to contemporary architecture. He then moved to Rwanda in 2012 and fell in love with it. Since then, he has led teams on projects across Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania as well as South Africa.
Before joining MASS he worked for Light Earth Designs. His projects have spanned across affordable housing, sustainable architecture and urban planning as well as innovative projects such as the Rwanda Cricket Pavilion, a technologically advanced earth vaulted structure built using local materials and local labour. Anton is currently leading the Masaka Affordable Housing project, which is pioneering the use of prefabricated low carbon Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) structures in Rwanda. He is also designing and masterplanning an entirely new conservation agriculture university campus in Bugesera.
Anton graduated from the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture. While he was still a student, Anton began his involvement in social architecture and his projects got exhibited twice at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).