Wright & Wright architects has been chosen to design the first phase of a new centre for architectural study at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The development is a joint venture between the riba and the v&a. Wright & Wright will design a riba study room, storage facilities for the preservation of collections of architectural drawings and artefacts, and accommodation for staff. The new centre will be built in the museum's Henry Cole Wing and work is expected to start in 2001. The new facilities will open in 2002. A second phase, also planned, will include a gallery for the riba collections. Wright & Wright was appointed through a tender process and the selection panel included riba president, Marco Goldschmied, and former president Dr Rod Hackney.