The Brits Who Built the Modern World, 1950 – 2012


10am - 5pm

Monday to Saturday (closed on Sundays)

British architecture in the 21st century has an almost unrivalled reputation around the world for daring, innovation, creativity and flair. From Beijing to New York and Doha to Mumbai, British architects and British expertise are playing a major role in redefining the world’s cities and creating extraordinary buildings.

The names of Rogers, Foster, Grimshaw, Farrell, Hopkins and others feature prominently on the global stage, but why? Where has this come from? Using the RIBA’s unique collections and material from architectural practices, this exhibition tells a global story of British architecture between 1950 and 2012.

Inspired by the BBC series the 'Brits Who Built the Modern World' it explores what and where the British built and the reasons behind architecture's dramatic transformation in the post war years. Through the work of a definitive generation of architects and other key players, it charts the projects and influences that put British architecture on the world map.

Part of a season of exhibitions and events inspired the BBC series The Brits Who Built the Modern World #BritsExhibition 


Free of charge




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Madrid Barajas airport, Madrid, Spain, 2006. By Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. © Duccio Malagamba / RIBA Library Photographs Collection