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Ritch Holben

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Ritch Holben is a Pennsylvania farm boy who knew from a young age that architecture would be a key part of his life.

He spent his junior year at Penn State University, studying in Europe and then backpacking from the fjords of Norway to the Isles of Greece. These experiences defined his life’s mission: to see beauty in all places, to capture it, create it, salvage it and share it. Simply put, to LIVE BEAUTIFULLY.

After college, Ritch developed his architectural skills at firms in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. He began his own design practice in 1997. The following year, he asked a “date” to join him on a first-ever exploration of the Berkshires for a work-related gig and, on that very day, found, bought and moved lock stock and barrel to Southfield with his now-husband, Ken De Loreto. After 10 wonderful years here, and 10 longer winters, the couple now split their year between the bucolic, culturally rich mountains of Massachusetts and the vibrant international melting pot that is Miami. To see more of Ritch’s work, visit www.RhDesign.me

Articles by Ritch Holben


Friday, 22 Jun 2018 - Designer Ritch Holben considers the pergola, a cost-effective way to gain shaded, summer living space with no need to heat or maintain it off-season.


Friday, 23 Mar 2018 - With astonishing skill, designer Ritch Holben completely transforms an outdated veterinary clinic into Bilmar Veterinary Services while staying within its building's original footprint.

Black beauties

Friday, 14 Jul 2017 - “When I find a colour darker than black, I'll wear it. But until then, I'm wearing black!”  ― Coco Chanel