66 Portland Place
Greater London






0207 580 5533


0207 255 1541

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The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of their profession.

With government, we work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.

We also hold one of the largest and most important collections of architectural drawings, photographs and archives| in the world, and stage talks, exhibitions, events| and awards| (including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize) that help people see their surroundings in a completely new way.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00

Closed: Sunday

Admission charges

Exhibitions: Free admission
Talks and other events: £8.50/5.50 (unless otherwise stated)
Please see www.architecture.com

Getting there

The nearest station's are Regents Park and Great Portland Street station - we are also only a short walk from Oxford Circus.

Additional info

From exhibitions and talks to conferences and awards, the RIBA Trust advances architectural and design excellence through engagement with everyone.

Our Exhibitions, Talks programme and our Library and Collections are open to both the public as well as members. The Collections are based both at 66 Portland Place, London W1 and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7 as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership. Please see www.architecture.com or www.vam.ac.uk/architecture for full details of opening times, education resources and all other events.

For full listings of our events programme please visit www.architecture.com

The RIBA British Architectural Library is a Designated Collection of national importance.

It is the largest and most comprehensive resource in the UK for research and information on all aspects of architecture, and one of the finest collections of architectural material in the world, with over 4 million items.

It comprises the Sir Banister Fletcher Library of books and periodicals, the photographs collection, and the drawing and archives collection which is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership.

Collection details

Photography, Design, Archives, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection including the greatest collection of the work of Andrea Palladio in the world, as well as the main archives of architects such as Edwin Lutyens and Erno Goldfinger.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
illustration of house interior by Mackintosh

Mackintosh Architecture

  • 18 February — 23 May 2015 *on now

Open Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm and Tuesdays 10.00am - 8.00pm

Celebrated worldwide, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the leading figures of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture. Mackintosh Architecture charts a career marked as much by its difficulties as by its successes.

This is the first exhibition to be devoted to his architecture and features over 60 original drawings and watercolours, as well as models, films and portraits. Seen together they reveal the evolution of his style from his early apprenticeship to his later projects as an individual architect and designer.

Highlights of the exhibition include a number of his exquisitely detailed, and highly characteristic, ink drawings for projects including the Glasgow Herald Building, Scotland Street School, and The Hill House; his original design for the Glasgow School of Art along with film footage and a model of the school and a selection of stunning watercolours.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



National Taste: Palladio and British Palladianism

  • 1 September — 31 October 2015

2015 marks the tercentenary of the publication of the first full English translation of Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura and Vitruvius Britannicus. These landmark publications established Palladianism as the British vernacular for the next 100 years – a hugely influential style that, having exported it to America and the colonies, we brought back to Europe in the early 19th century.

Palladianism covered all aspects of building in the UK, from grand country estates and monuments, to barracks, terraces and offices. Using drawings, photographs and models from the RIBA’s collections and others, this exhibition examines and celebrates the development of British classicism in the years 1715 to 1815 and charts its key players, influences and UK landmarks.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.


  • 24 April 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 1 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 8 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 15 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 22 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Much like Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect Grey Wornum worked closely with his artist wife to design the RIBA headquarters building at 66 Portland Place. For a discounted price during the Mackintosh season, join us for a tour of our unique building full of beautiful Art Deco inspired details, interesting architectural history and hidden stories.

Tours take place every Friday, after the gallery tours, from 27th to 22nd May 2015, excluding Good Friday.

All events last approximately 45 minutes and are in English.

*Events do not take place on Good Friday.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5 per person




Building Blocks: For under 5 year olds

  • 24 April 2015 10-10:45am

Drop-in to our morning sessions for little architects (under 5s) and their carers. Listen to stories, sing songs, play games and create your own artworks inspired by great architecture. We have three events as part of our Mackintosh season.

Building Blocks: Rainy Day Mackintosh
Friday 13 March 2015

Building Blocks: All About Castles
Friday 10 April 2015

Building Blocks: Flowers and Plants
Friday 24 April 2015

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6


£2 per child



Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot: Total Architecture I: Repetition and Pattern

  • 9 May 2015 11am-4pm

Taking inspiration from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s idea of Total Design, this practical photography workshop includes a study session looking at a selection of original Mackintosh drawings followed by an on-location photography shoot exploring the use of repetition and pattern in architectural practice.

Please note this workshop is linked to Total Architecture II; participants are encouraged, but not required, to register for both. Suitable for photographers at all levels, including beginners. Participants must bring their own equipment; a digital SLR camera is recommended.

With Marianne Holm Hansen.

All events have been inspired by the exhibition Mackintosh Architecture and are led by professional educators. Materials included unless otherwise indicated. Please bring your own lunch.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£30 (£20 students)



Point and Shoot

Point & Shoot: Total Architecture II: The Past in the Present

  • 16 May 2015 11am-4pm

Inspired by Mackintosh’s considered references to historical and vernacular architecture, this practical photography workshop uses the camera to investigate traces of the past in contemporary design.

The day includes an on-site photo shoot and a plenary discussion on work produced in Total Architecture I and II (participants are encouraged, but not required, to register for both). Suitable for photographers at all levels, including beginners. Participants must bring their own equipment; a digital SLR camera is recommended.

With Marianne Holm Hansen.

All events have been inspired by the exhibition Mackintosh Architecture and are led by professional educators. Materials included unless otherwise indicated. Please bring your own lunch.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£30 (£20 students)



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Architects in Residence


Architects in Residence is designed to support architects working with teachers on school-based projects in both primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges.
The resource provides a step-by-step guide to setting up a school based architecture and built environment project. The project model is based on a practitioner partnership between an architect and a teacher and is recognised as CPD for both. It supports both individual projects between a single practitioner and school and larger programmes.
Architects in Residence has been developed and piloted in schools by the RIBA Trust in partnership with Arts Inform, with support from CABE.


  • RIBA Trust
  • Arts Inform


  • RIBA Trust

How We Built Britain


Explore a thousand years of British architecture with this online exhibition of photographs, drawings, books, models and manuscripts from the RIBA British Architectural Library, brought to you by RIBA in association with the BBC.
Encounter the wonder of medieval cathedrals, Tudor prodigy houses, Georgian model villages, Scottish baronial castles, Victorian viaducts and 60s tower blocks. Follow the social, political and economic trends that have shaped the unique appearance of Britain's cities, towns and countryside.

Le Corbusier Full Resource Pack


This downloadable 20 page Full Pack provides a more in-depth outline through a question and answer format for teachers, illustrated with photos, relating the details of Le Corbusier's life and work. It is designed to assist in cross-curricular lesson planning through an exploration of architecture.

Le Corbusier Notes for Teachers


This pack, developed in partnership by Places Matter! and Barbican Education, is inspired by the Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture exhibition, providing ideas for related work for students and addressing the following questions: Why was Le Corbusier so important? How can he inspire school pupils today? Was he a hero or a villain? How did his ideas change the world? What were the design ideas he proposed? How did his design philosophy evolve? In what ways are these relevant to our understanding the design of the built environment today?



A growing online database dedicated to providing you with exceptional and unique images from the collections of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the world's most extensive visual archive devoted to architecture.
RIBApix covers world architecture of all periods together with related subjects such as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction and the decorative arts. Many of the images are also of social documentary importance.
All images on this site are copyright of the Royal Institute of British Architects, but low resolution copies may be downloaded for free for personal use or teaching purposes.

Getting there

The nearest station's are Regents Park and Great Portland Street station - we are also only a short walk from Oxford Circus.