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RIBA Exhibitions - Summer 2011


28 April 2011

Press office contact:

Beatrice Cooke
T: +44 (0)207 307 3813
E: beatrice.cooke@riba.org

This summer the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has organised a programme of exhibitions across the UK and overseas. Highlights include Recording the New: The Architectural Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co 1870 - 1930 at the V&A where new interiors and buildings of the time are captured in pristine condition. In Moray, Scotland, A Humane Architecture: Photographs of Edwin Smith will show how Edwin Smith's subtle monochrome photography reflects the timeless aesthetics of native building materials and techniques and in Liverpool The Exploring Eye: The Photography of Eric de Maré will be on display.

At 66 Portland Place, the Maths in Architecture exhibition runs for a third year with projects by school children taking part in the RIBA’s Architects in Residence scheme. The exhibition  61/11 Continuous Collective: BDP at 50 will celebrate BDP's 50th year as one of the UK’s leading interdisciplinary design collectives. Out in the open The Regent Street Windows Project offers the chance to see 10 original window installations by 10 different architectural practices. 

As part of the Southbank’s Festival Of Britain celebrations RIBA London gathered together a group of architecture students and graduates who designed a bandstand which will be out on the Southbank until September.

Further afield two highly acclaimed RIBA exhibitions are visiting new places. Framing Modernism: Architecture and Photography in Italy 1926 - 1965 will be at MAXXI in Rome until 20 May 2011 and  Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey will be in Indiana, USA from 5 June.

The full programme of RIBA exhibitions for Summer 2011 follows:


EXHIBITIONS AT THE RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1

Maths through Architecture
3 - 20 May, Florence Hall

A display of work by school students from North West England and London, exploring the relationship between maths and architecture through the creation of exciting local spaces. Maths through Architecture brings architects and teachers together to develop projects in the classroom, enabling students to apply mathematical knowledge to real life architectural scenarios. Managed in partnership with Arts Inform. Supported by CABE.


Gold Standard: Great Architecture from the Royal Gold Medal
12 May - 1 October, Gallery 1

A display presenting the work of nine of the many architects and architectural practices who have received the Royal Gold Medal over the last 150 years, including the latest recipient Sir David Chipperfield CBE. Given in recognition of a lifetime's work, the annual Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen.


Reinvigorating the North East: Architecture 1945 - 1979
13 May - 6 July, Gallery 2

Organized by RIBA North East, this exhibition charts the development of architecture in the north east of England in response to economic challenges, social optimism and bold political decisions following the end of the Second World War. It does so through models, archive footage and photography of the key buildings and projects which shaped the North East between 1945 and 1979. Sponsored by English Heritage, Formica and Ryder Architecture


61/11 Continuous Collective: BDP at 50
24 May - 23 June, Florence Hall

In 2011 BDP celebrate their 50th year as one of the UK’s leading interdisciplinary design collectives. This exhibition traces the ethos and work of the practice - from its founding in 1961 as part of the emerging cultural change in the north west of England, to the present day international design firm. The exhibition coincides with the launch of the publication 61/11 Continuous Collective, written by Hugh Pearman, together with the film Five Cities, Five Places, One Day by Camilla Robinson.

Gallery Talks: 14 June, 6.30pm and 21 June, 1pm, free, numbers limited

Join Tony McGuirk, architect, urban designer and chairman of BDP for an introduction to the exhibition, exploring the history, significant projects and current workings of the practice.



Take advantage of the combined expertise of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership with an ongoing programme of exhibitions.

Admission free. Open daily 10am - 5.45pm, Fridays 10am - 10pm


Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres
Until 8 May, V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery, Room 128a

A display that, for the first time, explores the architecture of the Maggie's centres which provide welcoming and uplifting spaces for those affected by cancer.


Recording the New: The Architectural Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co 1870 - 1930

4 June - 30 October, V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery, Room 128a

An exhibition that reveals the work of Bedford Lemere & Co who, through their pioneering photography, became the leading English firm of architectural photographers, setting the standards for those who followed. Employed by a wide range of industrialists, retailers, government departments and private house owners, the firm’s photographs capture new buildings in pristine condition, often showing the work of leading contemporary architects, interior decorators, designers and artists.

Curated by English Heritage, custodians of the Bedford Lemere & Co collection, the exhibition reveals the exceptional quality, depth and sharpness of the images which render them as fresh and legible today as when they were first composed.



The Regent Street Windows Project

Regent Street, Free, 9 - 29 May

Enjoy a striking open air exhibition of 10 original window installations along Regent Street. The displays are a result of partnerships between RIBA London, Regent Street Association and architects: HUT (Aquascutum), Glowacka-Rennie Architects (Hoss Intropia), OSA (Ted Baker London), Craft Pegg (National Geographic), DSDHA/Diploma Unit 11 at London Metropolitan University (Banana Republic), Ian McChesney (Levis), Honey (Duchamp), Duggan Morris Architects (Ferrari), Marks Barfield Architects (Gant) and Scott Brownrigg (Uniqlo).


Windows Project walking tours
Regent Street, Free, Sunday 15 May, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Join us for a walking tour of the participating windows on Regent Street. Places are free but advance booking is essential at architecture.com/theregentstreetwindowsproject


RIBA Student Bandstand
From end April until 3 September, Southbank Centre, free

Following in the spirit of 1951, when many Festival of Britain projects involved young architects, the RIBA has worked with a group of students and graduates of architecture to design a bandstand for the anniversary celebrations.



Fifty Buildings 50 Years: Great Modern Architecture in the East Midlands
Corby Cube, Until 12 May
Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show, 14 - 15 May
Lincolnshire Show, 22 - 23 June

A touring exhibition that showcases innovative and enduring architecture, across the East Midlands, from the 1960s onwards. The show includes social and cultural commentary on the region during each decade and how this helped shape both the built environment and regional identity. Children of all ages can contribute to the exhibition by drawing and designing their own buildings of the future, helping to predict what the architecture of the region may look like in 50 years time.

A Fifty50 Guide Book is available to purchase online. See www.architecture.com/fifty50.

With thanks to: Heritage Lottery Fund, Ibstock Brick and sponsoring architects



The Exploring Eye: The Photography of Eric de Maré
17 June - 4 September, The Equator, Mann Island, Liverpool, free

Eric de Maré, 1910 - 2002, was one of Britain’s most influential architectural photographers. Enjoy an exhibition, drawing on material from the RIBA Library Photographs Collection, that explores his work and highlights how he broadened the perception of where architecture was to be found. A prolific contributor to the Architectural Review, de Maré illustrated pioneering studies of Britain’s neglected industrial heritage. His book The Functional Tradition in Early Industrial Buildings potently suggested how warehouses and mill buildings could serve as an inspiration to architects rebuilding postwar Britain. Part of the North West Architecture Festival 2011.

Sponsored by Mann Island. A Countryside Neptune LLP development



A Humane Architecture: Photographs of Edwin Smith
14 May - 2 July, Moray Art Centre, Findhorn, Moray, free

In collaboration with the Moray Art Centre, this exhibition examines the work of Edwin Smith (1912 - 1971) whose archive is held by the RIBA. It shows how Smith's subtle monochrome photography reflects the timeless aesthetics of native building materials and techniques. The intrinsic beauty of a humble home or farmhouse is revealed through the use of historic and traditional architecture. Also on display are a selection of Smith's drawings and paintings.   



Framing Modernism: Architecture and Photography in Italy 1926 - 1965
Until 22 May, MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy   

Following its success at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Framing Modernism travels to Rome. The exhibition, including 110 period photographs mostly drawn from the unique archive of the British Architectural Library Photographs Collection, investigates how the development of Italian Modernist architecture was recorded and shaped by photography and the part played by books and magazines such as Domus and Casabella in fostering this striking visual exploration.

An RIBA exhibition supported by a generous grant from the Graham Foundation via British Schools and Universities Foundation, Inc.


Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
5 June - 31 July, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Showcasing 31 of the RIBA’s rare drawings by Andrea Palladio, this touring exhibition explores the development of Palladio’s design sensibility and his profound influence on architecture in America. Drawings range from early studies and sketches to presentation drawings of villas and other works which, alongside original books and specially created models, highlight Palladio’s enormous impact on the architecture of the United States.

An RIBA exhibition, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza. Models by Timothy Richards of Bath.



Albertopolis: The Development of South Kensington & the Exhibition Road Cultural Quarter

Discover the area’s world-class cultural and educational institutions and the iconic buildings they inhabit, see historic photographs and maps, architects' drawings, models and manuscripts as well as some more unusual objects.



Notes to editors

  • For further press information please contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office, 020 7307 3813; beatrice.cooke@inst.riba.org
  • Unless otherwise stated, entrance to all exhibitions is free, though entrance to gallery talks may require a reservation.
  • The exhibition galleries at the RIBA are open from Mon – Sat, 10.00 – 17.00, (exhibitions may occasionally be closed for events, call 020 7307 3888 to check) and are at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD.  Nearest tubes are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street. For further information about the exhibitions go to www.architecture.com/programmes
  • The British Architectural Library is open Tue, Wed, Fri 10.00 – 17.00, Sat 10.00 – 13.30. Photo ID required fro entry. T: 020 7307 3882 or visit www.architecture.com/librarydrawingsandphotographs
  • The V&A+RIBA Architecture Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum are open daily from 10.00 – 17.45. www.vam.ac.uk/architecture   


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