The RIBA is encouraging people to adopt a drawing from its celebrated collection in a bid to raise funding for the Architecture for All project Sponsors will be able to choose one of 150 pieces in the collection, which includes works by Palladio, Le Corbusier and Voysey.
In return for a donation of between £5,000 and £30,000, the adoptee will receive a high-quality reproduction and their name will be attached to the drawing. For those with £2 million to spare, the sponsorship and naming of the gallery is on offer, as are sponsorship for the reading room, temporary exhibitions gallery and the post of curator.
The institute hopes to raise £10 million for the Architecture for All project, £5.5 million of which will go towards a revamp of the new gallery by Gareth Hoskins Architects and the storage rooms by Wright & Wright Architects.
The RIBA has already been offered £3.5 million Heritage Lottery funding, but must raise the additional £2 million before construction can begin.
Extra money raised will be placed in an endowment fund for future exhibitions and acquisitions.
Honorary RIBA librarian Tim Drewitt said he was confident people would adopt drawings as a way of contributing to the world-class collection.
'It is our knowledge and cultural base for the profession, particularly for students, ' he said.
'Sponsors will be helping pass on our culture and contribute to the education of future generations.'
Drewitt said he hoped the funding would be in place for work to begin in September.