Information Centre

The British Architectural Library operates an enquiry and research service, available to all RIBA members and the public, via the Information Centre. 

Information sign, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London

Image: Information sign, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London 
© Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Contact

Email: info@riba.org    
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 1802 

Public Information Line: 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3882 
(phone line open Monday to Friday between 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm) 

Members Information Line:  
RIBA members only - please give your membership number  
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3600 
(phone line open Monday to Friday between 9.30am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 5pm) 

About the Information Centre

The Information Centre can answer questions about any aspect of architecture and the RIBA and can also provide useful links to other resources. Questions requiring more detailed research - for example, on an architect's career, the design of a particular building type or the history of a particular building can be undertaken. Information can also be provided about building materials, specific products and techniques used in the past. A charge may be made for these services to non-members. 

RIBA chartered members can also be referred to specialist practice consultants who can provide help and guidance on a range of practice issues from legal and contractual problems, debt recovery, taxation, building regulations, party wall matters or planning advice.       

Past queries

Examples of past queries answered by the Information Centre:

  • tackling the recession
  • straw bale technology
  • design for residential nursing homes
  • anti-skateboard design
  • the history of buildings such as London's Smithfield Market
  • how to find the UK Building Regulations on the web
  • how long must an architect keep project records and drawings
  • biographical information on an architect active in the 1930s
  • architects' fees     

Information Sheets

Documents prepared by the Information Centre to help users with some of their research:

PDF Researching an architect
File size: 1,560kB 

PDF  Researching your house
File size: 2,013kB

PDF  Researching country houses
File size: 1,970kB

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