DSA Director, Clive Shepherd Retirement Celebration

April 30, 2024

Our team in South Africa gathered to celebrate Clive Shepherd's retirement, a special occasion for one of the founding partners of DSA Architects International way back in 1985, with the establishment of Ridler Shepherd Low Architects (RSL Architects).

For almost four decades, Clive has been a pillar of the organisation, embodying hard work and commitment throughout his career. Clive's influence will continue to inspire us as we move forward. We are grateful for his contributions to the team and the architectural community as a whole.

Here's to a well-deserved retirement, Clive!

We celebrate the legacy of hard work and commitment you leave behind. Thank you for your dedicated years of service and for being one of the pillars of DSA. Your presence will be greatly missed, but your impact will always be felt within our team and beyond.

Best wishes as you embark on a new and exciting journey!


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