Radical Research & Re-storying Agency
RRA   Radical Research & Re-storying Agency



Our work is committed to engaging and challenging the realms of industry, institution and community where we seek critical understanding and new articulations that not only shift our ways of thinking but our ways of being.

We operate within the realm of industry by providing architecture and design firms with research and consultation packages that delve into the entirety of space and material.

We believe that content (architecture) cannot go uninformed of context (land and community) and for this reason we provide research that investigates ecology; culture; history; politics and socioeconomics.

A major characteristic that sets us apart from other research agencies is that we not only provide research, but we re-tool processes of architecture and utilise visual technologies such as digital modelling, 3D animation, GIS cartographic mapping to demonstrate and re-render space into a future that we can see, understand and visualise together.

We believe in creating new archival practices and emerging new information that not only goes on to inform architectural creation, but goes on to inform the world of education.

Our research is meant to disrupt the current trajectory of canonical knowledge and to create new curriculums and archives that move towards the decolonisation of architecture and modernism.

The agency begun from researching and bearing witness to pre-colonial African and Indigenous ways of building thus, grounding us in the question—“how can the pre-colonial past inform a de-colonial future”? We believe that there was a methodology of how to build present within precolonial spaces of every continent and our research is committed to revealing this as we move towards a more equal, just and sustainable way of being with each other on this Earth.

We recognise that architecture has a role in shaping communities (both human and more-than-human). Architecture has the great potential of facilitating harmony within our relationships where community and community structures can act as building material.

Our Agency conducts research and community engagement processes because we believe systems and structures go hand in hand. If the space is meant to be used by people, then it must be informed by people.

Traditionally, architectural practice has a large emphasis on personal skills and aesthetics as opposed to collaboration. But, in the words of eco-feminist Anna Tsing—“to be in the world is to be with others”(1). Therefore we ask, What are the ways in which architecture can act as a transformational device that allows for the flexible use, growth and evolution of our communities? How do we engage in community research as a method of attuning to relationships—between each other and between environment and built environment? How can structures allow for togetherness; a sense of belonging and conflict resolution?

(1) Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, “The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins”