The RIBA has announced a contest to design a 365m² education suite inside its Grade II*-listed headquarters in London
The competition, open to all RIBA chartered members and chartered practices, invites creative teams to design a dedicated studio, study room, terrace and display area inside the institute’s 66 Portland Place home.
The project, which is financially supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation, will create a space where children and families, young people and students, adults and lifelong learner can engage in hands-on and creative activities.
RIBA president Jane Duncan said: ‘The RIBA is delighted that our proposal for a state-of-the-art learning centre has been supported so enthusiastically by the Clore Duffield Foundation; it’s a fantastic validation of our engagement programmes.
‘Through our design competition we hope to commission the delivery of a vibrant and flexible learning centre that exemplifies the value we place on good design in all teaching and learning spaces.’
RIBA head of learning Elizabeth Grant said: ‘The Clore Duffield Foundation’s grant will provide the RIBA with a dedicated space for us to grow and deliver high-quality creative learning programmes for our diverse audiences.
‘The new centre will provide an inspirational and fit-for-purpose setting for learners of all ages to explore and share architectural ideas and practice with our members and one another.’
Designed by George Grey Wornum, 66 Portland Place was opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1934 as a purpose built venue for the RIBA. Its public facilities include a library, bookshop, café and bistro.
Carmody Groarke with Julian Harrap completed a £900,000 exhibition space inside the building three years ago, while Theis + Khan created a competition-winning £2.9 million annex for the institute at neighbouring 76 Portland Place.
In November last year, the RIBA appointed former Aedas director Sarah Williams to carry out a strategic review of options for the future use of 66 Portland Place.
The latest project will support the RIBA’s objective to engage school children in architecture and to promote its collections to audiences of all backgrounds and ages. Five teams will be shortlisted following an initial expressions of interest round.
The deadline for applications is 2pm, 14 July.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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