Elizabeth Chu Ritcher is the CEO of Richter Architects and the national president of AIA. Elizabeth is also a mother of three children and one of the leading architects of our age.
Elizabeth believes that in today’s world, architecture is more relevant than ever before. It has been predicted that by the year 2050, about 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. Architecture is the centre of this urban growth and architects will play a leading role in the design of the environments which are healthy, sustainable and resilient. Elizabeth believes that where we live is central to our sense of well being.
Through her work, Elizabeth does not intend to bring about balance, but harmony. She seeks to draw people from their computer and smartphone screens back to the present and goes about her work passionately. Juggling the three important duties of a CEO, president and motherhood is a daunting task which she has successfully undertaken for several years, and will continue to do so.
For Elizabeth, architecture is hope. It stands as a record of our dreams and values. Architecture is about people and it speaks to the rhythms of daily life.