Friends of architecture gathered at the RIBA president's office on Monday evening to celebrate the launch of the Architecture for All project. This joint venture by the institute, the British Architectural Library Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum promotes greater access to the world's most important collection of drawings, manuscripts and models.The reception also marked the formal launch of the 'Adopt a Drawing' programme, which invites donations in return for a reproduction of the drawing, the right to reproduce the image for greeting cards or other private uses, and acknowledgement of your 'adoption' on labels wherever the original is exhibited.
Promoted by BALT chairman Michael Rose, it has been occupying drawings curator Charles Hind in recent months, identifying suitable drawings for exclusive adoption. Those chosen are highly impressive; 37 of the collection's most precious examples are on 'offer' for donations of £15,000 or more, while a further 225 are available at between £5,000 and £15,000.
Among the architects whose work is part of the offer are Palladio, Corb, Mies, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Kent, Voysey and, of course, Wren. This is a great way to help the institute's initiative to bring architecture to the public.
For details call Georgina Brown on 0870 060 5504.