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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.
Glashutte, France by Oswald Mathias Ungers, 1985 (c) Stefan Mueller

Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected

  • 9 September 2015 — 9 January 2016 *on now

Andrea Palladio is the only architect who has given his name to a style – one that is still in use around the world after nearly 500 years. From the US Capitol to a 21st century Somerset cowshed Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected introduces Palladio’s design principles and explores how they have been interpreted, copied and re-imagined across time and continents from his death in 1580 right up to the present day.

Through focusing on his legacy, this exhibition explores how British architects such as Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington turned Palladianism into a national style. It follows how the style was adopted in the design of houses, churches and political buildings around the world from New Delhi to Leningrad. It shows how 20th and 21st century architects have reinterpreted Palladio’s design principles to contemporary uses in unexpected ways.

The buildings featured may conform to, or challenge, ideas about Palladian architecture. Either way, their inclusion is intended to provoke debate and raise questions about the aesthetic, political and social legacy of an enduring style.

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.
Design for the interior of the Dome of Discovery, Festival of Britain, 1946, by Stefan Buzas

Picture This! with The Big Draw 2015

  • 6 October 2015 7-8:40pm

"Can you sketch a phrase, draw a word or turn architectural prose to pictures? As part of The Big Draw 2015 and the BBC’s Get Creative campaign, the RIBA invites you to grab a pencil and pad for a BIG architectural sketch up where interpretation, imagination and speed are key. Special guest hosts architect Will Alsop and artist Patrick Vale speak the images - you picture the place!

Attendees are asked to bring along large format sketch pads or hard back equivalent. Other materials, pens, pencils and felt tips are provided.

Part of the RIBA's Palladian Design season of events in Autumn 2015 and THE BIG DRAW - the World's Biggest Drawing Festival."

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 11-13






Building Blocks

  • 6 October 2015 10-10:45am
  • 3 November 2015 10-10:45am
  • 1 December 2015 10-10:45am

First Tuesdays of the month during our Palladian season.

Drop-in to our morning sessions for little architects (under 5s) and their carers. There'll be hands-on activity sessions where children and their parents/carers can join in with stories, songs and lots of building and making, all themed around our Palladian Design exhibition.

With Rosie Fuller.

Building Blocks sessions are free and drop-in, but please arrive promptly. For ages 2 to 5, but younger children are also welcome. First come, first served.

Suitable for

  • 0-4



Explore and Draw

Explore and Draw workshops at the RIBA

  • 10 October 2015 11am-4pm
  • 24 October 2015 11am-4pm

Explore & Draw: Rules of Proportions
Saturday 10 October, 11am to 4pm
Taking place at Chiswick House, explore the usefulness of compositional tools, maths and geometry in relation to architectural drawing.
With Marianne Holm Hansen.
Part of the RIBA’s Architecture Drawing Day and The Big Draw 2015.

Explore & Draw: Palladian Priniciples
Saturday 24 October, 11am to 4pm
Wander through central London and draw nearby Palladian buildings, investigating the design principles behind the architectural style and developing digital drawing and design skills.
With Katie Kennedy.
Part of The Big Draw 2015

Suitable for

  • 18+


£30 / £20 (students with valid ID) exc. booking fee





  • 10 October 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 24 October 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 7 November 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 21 November 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 5 December 2015 2:30-3:30pm
  • 19 December 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Guided tours of RIBA's historic home at 66 Portland Place
For a discounted price during our Palladian Design season, join us for a tour of our unique building full of beautiful Art Deco inspired details, interesting architectural history and hidden stories.

All events last approximately 45 minutes and are in English.

Every other Saturday, from 10 October to 19 December 2015, 2.30pm to 3.30pm. £5 per person, book online.

SPECIAL: Speed Sketch Building Tour - 10 October, 2.30-3.30pm
Join us for a special building tour and speed sketch your way around the building!

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5 per person exc. booking fee. Tickets available online.




HALF TERM: Skill Up workshops at the RIBA - Digital Palladians

  • 28 — 30 October 2015

Skill Up for ages 15-18, 11am-4pm
Join us this October half term and bring Palladian Design into the digital realm.

Wednesday 28 October
Photographic Portrait of a Place
Consider how contemporary architecture references classical values by creating a photographic portrait of 66 Portland Place and its surroundings.

Thursday 29 October
From Drawings to Digital
Working to an architectural brief, create a building inspired by Palladian design principles.

Friday 30 October
Digital Portfolio
Using the Palladians exhibition as inspiration, you'll create your own designs and then learn how to translate it into an effective digital portfolio.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15


£35 (£20 if eligible for free school meals) exc. booking fee. Booking online essential




Point and Shoot Photography Workshops

  • 7 November 2015 11am-4pm
  • 14 November 2015 11am-4pm

Point & Shoot: In Pursuit of the Ideal I, a Sense of Proportion
Saturday 7 November, 11am to 4pm
Inspired by Palladio’s adaptation of classical ideals to achieve harmony in architecture, consider how rules of proportions derived from maths, music and geometry may provide useful tools for composition in architectural photography.

Point & Shoot: In Pursuit of the Ideal II, The Whole and its Parts
Saturday 14 November, 11am to 4pm
Discover the use of classical elements, symbolism and form in architecture.

Suitable for photographers at all levels.
Participants must bring their own equipment; a digital SLR camera is recommended

Suitable for

  • 18+


£30 / £20 (students with valid ID) ex. booking fee. Booking online essential.



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.

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.

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

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.

66 Portland Place
Greater London






0207 580 5533


0207 255 1541

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