Recent acquisitions

New books
New books for 2013Over 100 new titles are added to the RIBA's collections every month.


The Library's role as a leading collection of architectural material is ensured by acquisitions of books, periodicals, drawings, archives, photographs, models, audiovisual material and other architectural objects. The addition of new material increases the research and education potential of the Library, a free resource from the RIBA that is available to all to use. As well as new acquisitions, new digital images - created from the Library's existing architectural material and drawn from the work of talented new photographers - are being continually added to RIBApix, the RIBA's extensive image database accessible to the public.



Charles Correa book

May 2013

This new book, published to coincide with the RIBA's exhibition on Charles Correa, uses many images from the archive that he donated to the RIBA. Copies are now in the collections and also available priced £6.95 from RIBA Bookshops.

Charles Correa book

Charles Correa book



Charles Correa Archive

March 2013

Renowned Indian architect Charles Correa (born 1930) donated his archive of over 6,000 drawings to the RIBA. It forms the largest single gift to the RIBA by an architect working outside Britain.

Drawing of the exterior, Kanchanjunga, Mumbai

Drawing of the exterior, Kanchanjunga, Mumbai
Copyright: Charles Correa Archive / RIBA, British Architectural Library



Denys Lasdun Archive

November 2012

Featuring architectural models, papers, drawings, photographs, film and audio, the archive offers an exceptional insight into the work of Lasdun and into the society, culture and politics of the second half of the 20th century. Read more

Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London

National Theatre, South Bank, London
Copyright: Lasdun Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection



Autumn 2012

Added to RIBApix has been new images by photographer John Barr of modern Japanese architecture, alongside are the photographs the architecture of British universities captured by the renowned master Henk Snoek in the 1960s and drawings by Giovanni Battista Borra from the 18th century of the impressive ruins of the Roman temples at Baalbek.

Temples at Baalbek, Lebanon, 1751

Artist: Giovanni Battista Borra
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection



Russian Constructivist magazines

May 2012

A nearly complete facsimile set of Russian Constructivist magazine 'Contemporary Architecture' ('Sovremennaya arkhitektura') from 1927-1930. The Russian text is generously illustrated with drawings and photographs of projects from across Europe, particularly from Russia and Germany. Donated by Academia Rossica.

Read more about the history of this short-lived magazine.

Covers of Russian Constructivist magazine ‘Contemporary Architecture’




Spring 2012

RIBApix continues to grow and by the beginning of 2012 the total number of images on the database exceeded 60,000.

Among the latest additions to RIBApix are drawings representing the work of Sir Charles Barry, 1930s photographs of British historical architecture, part of the RIBA Press Office Collection and images of inter-war restaurants, cafes and pubs from the Architectural Press Archive.

Quaglino's Restaurant, London

Copyright: Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection



Abu Simbel - Photograph  


This print, from the mid-19th century, shows the ancient pharonic statues at Abu Simbel. It is the earliest photograph held by the RIBA. 

Find out more about this acquisition from Assistant Curator Justine Sambrook.

Temple of Nefertari, Abu Simbel. Photographer: Maxime du Camp

Photographer: Maxime du Camp
Copyright: RIBA Library Photographs Collection



Sir Henry Wotton - Portrait


The portrait of Sir Henry Wotton is by the Studio of Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt (1567-1641). Sir Henry Wotton was a distinguished diplomat and writer on architecture. The RIBA holds an extensive collection of portraits of architects and those who made a significant contribution to architecture.

Portrait of Sir Henry Wotton

Artist: Studio of Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt (1567-1641)
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections



The Country House Revealed - DVD


Six-part series from the BBC, first screened in 2011, in which Dan Cruickshank visits houses never before open to public view.

The Reading Room of the Library was used as a location during filming and several episodes featured material from the Library's collections, including Vitruvius Britannicus from 1715 by Colen Campbell.

Design for Wanstead House, London, from 'Vitruvius Britannicus'

Artist: Colen Campbell
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection



Church guides


2,500 church guides gathered over many years from across the UK and continental Europe by the Heraldry Society were donated to the RIBA. The material ranges in size from leaflets to larger booklets; together, they provide commentary and otherwise difficult to find information on local history and ecclesiastical buildings.

Read about how the guides found their way to the RIBA. 

Church guides donated by the Heraldry Society

Copyright: British Architectural Library



London Underground stations - models


Models of London Underground stations were made by Charlie Connor of CDC specially for the V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership exhibition Underground Journeys. The stations were all originally designed by architect Charles Holden:

  • Arnos Grove
  • Balham
  • Rayners Lane
  • Sudbury Town
Model of Balham London Underground station

Model maker: Charlie Connor of CDC Design
Architect: Charles Holden
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections



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