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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Larry Botchway

Show RCA work

  • Narrative Drawing

    Narrative Drawing, Larry Botchway

  • Okumaning Town

    Okumaning Town, Larry Botchway 2019
    Photographer: Larry Botchway

  • GOPDC Production

    GOPDC Production, Larry Botchway

  • Food Crop Platform Informal Use

    Food Crop Platform Informal Use

Major project:

Palm Town

The palm oil industry, worldwide and specifically in Ghana, is growing at an alarming rate. Today, approximately 50% of the products we buy from supermarkets contain palm oil. This demand requires production. Having consumed large portions of Southeast Asia already, expansion of this industry is increasingly targeting West and Central Africa. By 2021, 22 million hectares of land in West and Central Africa will be converted into palm oil plantations.

This results in the displacement of entire communities, loss of cultural land and the concentration of large workforces within the radii of respective plantations. Examples of this can already be seen in Okumaning (an agricultural town in the eastern region of Ghana) and many other towns and villages near plantations.

This project is an investigation of the effects of the palm oil industry in Ghana, using architecture as a tool to prevent the disenfranchisement of the villagers of Okumaning during this climate of industrial agricultural growth.

Using the vernacular language of Okumaning’s villagers, I propose a series of infrastructural interventions which deal with village needs whilst providing an achievable model that locals can use to prevent the villagers from being displaced. Each intervention stands as a monument to stability, whilst also providing various collective modes of equipment.


  • botchway
  • School

    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture



  • Contact

  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Portsmouth, 2015
  • Experiences

  • Architectural assistant, Haworth Tompkins, London, 2016-19; Architectural assistant, Miquel Lacomba Arquitectos, Mallorca, 2015
  • Funding

  • RIBA Wren Insurance Scholarship & Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Bursary Award
Royal College of Art