Richard Molten


Richard is founder and acting director of the Grenadines Partnership Fund (GPF), a non-profit organisation established in 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina for the purpose of supporting community initiatives that benefit the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  

Based in Columbia, South Carolina Richard has practiced architecture for more than 38 years.  Since 1981 he has been a principal of his own architectural firm, Molten Lamar, Inc. His practice has focused predominantly in resort development and residential commissions in the southeastern United States ranging as far south as the Florida Keys and north to the mountains of the Carolina’s.  Molten Lamar, Inc. has won awards for diverse projects such as the re-purposing of an industrial structure which now houses his and other offices, art studios, and an art gallery and the development of an infill housing project in the midst of the downtown historic district of Charleston, South Carolina.

An avid sailor, Richard has sailed up and down the eastern coast of the United States and throughout the Caribbean islands.  As a result of his travels to the Caribbean, the Grenadines Partnership Fund was established with the support of friends and funding by a benevolent foundation. The GPF focuses on four main areas: Basic Needs: clean water supplies, sustainable sanitation, and waste management systems; Education: primary, secondary and adult education, youth health development and sports programs; Economic Development: infrastructure and initiatives that create self-sustaining economies; and Environmental Protection and Conservation: land, marine and cultural preservation projects and renewable energy efforts.  With the assistance of community leaders in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the GPF identifies viable projects and then provides financial support through grants to locally based non-profit organisations.
Mr. Molten continues to take on interesting architectural commissions when the opportunity presents itself.