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Wallpaper* Unveils RB Arkitektur, with Sweden’s Architect of the Year, as One of the World’s Most Exciting New Architects


Wallpaper*, the international design magazine, has chosen RB Arkitektur for its Architects Directory: 101 of the world’s most exciting new architects.

Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* editor-in-chief, says: “Wallpaper* and its readers are passionate about architecture so launching this directory makes perfect sense. Wallpaper* cast its critical net across the globe to compile this directory of the best young architecture practices, which I’m delighted will be available to readers whenever they need it on”

The directory emphasizes RB Arkitektur’s ambition to identify the uniqueness of each project through extensive analysis of each different programme. Such an approach allows for a variety of expressions and architectural solutions.


The site, area and locale are the greatest source of inspiration for Belatchew Lerdell, who says, ’My inspiration lies mainly in the zeitgeist.’ The architect is also inspired by other aspects of contemporary culture, especially fashion, contemporary art and photography.


Acknowledging the importance of environmental and sustainable issues in the development of architecture, the practice is orientating its design towards incorporating all relevant technologies. Belatchew Lerdell also predicts that ’various aspects of globalisation will have an even greater impact on the way we live and the houses we build’.

International Strategy

-It is of course very gratifying having been identified by a magazine such as Wallpaper*, since they very consistently have presented high quality architecture over the years, comments Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO, RB Arkitektur AB.

- This recognition consolidates our strategy to establish ourselves internationally, taking part in architectural competitions, in order to win larger commissions worldwide.

About RB Arkitektur

RB Arkitektur is an architectural practice working in the field of contemporary and innovative architecture, and has attracted much attention in international media and has also been published in several architectural books.

RB Arkitektur was founded by Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, who was born in Ethiopia in 1969, and grew up in Uppsala, Sweden. After receiving a Masters Degree in Architecture from Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Rahel worked as an architect in Paris, Luxemburg and Tokyo. After a decade of working abroad, she returned to Sweden in the year of 2000.

Rahel Belatchew Lerdell was appointed Architect of the Year 2006/2007 by receiving ’The Great Design Award’ from Residence Magazine.


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