Irena Murray, Sir Banister Fletcher director of the British Architectural Library at the RIBA, will step down next month
Murray, who curated the RIBA’s current exhibition on Indian architect Charles Correa, will leave the organisation at the end of June to concentrate on her own architectural research projects.
Murray said: ‘I am very proud that my last institutional job has been working with such a remarkable world class collection in such a special place. It is so felicitous that my last project I have worked on has been the Charles Correa archive and exhibition. I will continue working on research projects with the RIBA, so this is just au revoir for now.’
Harry Rich, chief executive of the RIBA, said that it had been ‘a privilege and a joy’ to work with Murray, and that ‘[Murray] has made the most wonderful contribution to the RIBA’s British Architectural Library through her scholarship, developing the collection and in representing the library on the international stage.’
He added: ‘I am delighted that Irena will continue to work with us on a variety of projects in coming years as senior research fellow.’
Rich also praised the work of Tim Hollins, director of public programme at the RIBA, who is also leaving the organisation in order to spend more time with his partner in France.
Rich said: ‘During his time at the RIBA Tim has spearheaded our hugely successful public programme and has directed some of our most successful outreach projects, including the ‘A Place to Call Home’ exhibition and the ‘Dream Builders’ series with the BBC World Service.’
He added: ‘He has also been instrumental in realising our plans for the new ground floor gallery at 66 Portland Place as well as at Mann Island in Liverpool.’