The East of England is one of the largest English regions, covering the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.  Around 2300 RIBA members live in the region, including over 500 students, and more than 250 practices are based here.

Newhall 'Be' Harlow © Paul Riddle

Our coastline extends from the square-mouthed bay of the Wash, through the breath-taking sands of North Norfolk and picturesque Suffolk, to the Essex towns that line the northern bank of the Thames estuary.  Inland, we boast many historic towns and cities, and centres of academic and cultural heritage, as well as a network of county and market towns and villages. In fact, around a quarter of England’s market towns are located in the region.  Known for its rural nature, and mainly low-lying, the East of England is a region of diverse landscapes, combining a rich built environment and archaeological heritage with swathes of agricultural land and sites of outstanding natural beauty.

What we do
Operating from a small office on the outskirts of Cambridge, we work with a vibrant network of volunteers and partners to promote the value of good design.  This can include running school workshops, giving talks and tours of new architecture, campaigning at local level, giving awards to great buildings, keeping our members up-to-date in their training, and a host of other activities that stimulate discussion about our built environment.  Ultimately, we are driven by a desire to improve the places and spaces that surround us; that we experience in our day to day lives; and that make a real difference to the way we all live and work.

Whatever your interest in architecture and the built environment, we’re here to help.

RIBA East, The Studio, High Green, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5EG
Tel: 01223 566285  Email: riba.east@riba.org



news from RIBA East

Click on the stories below from the East region at the RIBA.

News Cambridge Architecture Gazette 72

Cambridge Architecture Gazette 72

The Cambridge Association of Architects has launched its latest issue of the Cambridge Architecture gazette. This edition looks at the idea of context: Cambridge in Context.

2 December, 2016
News Great British Buildings talks and tours East 2016

Great British Buildings talks and tours East 2016

Join the architects for a one-off architectural tour as they reveal the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what makes their building a RIBA Award winner.

6 September, 2016
News RIBA East Student Awards 2016

RIBA East Student Awards 2016

Three architecture students, from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge University Department of Architecture and Norwich University of the Arts, have been recognised for their achievements by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East and h…

24 August, 2016
News Cambridge Architecture Gazette 71

Cambridge Architecture Gazette 71

The Cambridge Association of Architects has launched its latest issue of the Cambridge Architecture Gazette. This edition examines an aspect fundamental to growth: teamwork.

24 August, 2016

Heritage Open Days 2016

The Heritage Open Days festival starts on Thursday 8 September and there's inspiration and insight aplenty in the East this year.

16 August, 2016
News RIBA East Award winners revealed

RIBA East Award winners revealed

A social housing scheme in Essex and an eco community centre in Cambridgeshire are among twelve buildings to win one of this year's RIBA East Awards.

18 April, 2016
News Cambridge Architecture Gazette 70

Cambridge Architecture Gazette 70

The Cambridge Association of Architects has launched its latest issue of the Cambridge Architecture Gazette. The Autumn/Winter issue focusses on 'Celebrating Success'.

19 November, 2015
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RIBA East comprises an active network of nine branches across the east of England, each organising its own local events and activities.

Bedfordshire Association of Architects 
Chairman, Graham Stewart 
Tel: 01234 261941 
Email: g.s.a@btclick.com

Cambridge Association of Architects  
Chair, David Adams 
Tel: 07919 038623 
Email: daveadams01@gmail.com 

Chelmsford Chapter of Architects 
Chairman, Peter Messenger
Tel: 01245 361050
Email: pl.messenger@talktalk.net

Colchester Chapter of Architects 
Chairman, Laurie Anderson
Tel: 01206 571371
Email: lpa_architecture@outlook.com

Hertfordshire Association of Architects 
Chairman, John Whalen
Tel: 01582 761147
Email: john@clarkeandwhalen.co.uk

Huntingdon and Peterborough Chapter of Architects 
Chairman, Peter Hand 
Tel: 07768 347468 
Email: peter_hand@sky.com

Norfolk Association of Architects  
Chairman, Anthony Hudson
Tel: 01603 766220
Email: anthony@hudsonarchitects.co.uk 

South Essex Chapter of Architects 
Acting Chairman, David Charles 
Tel: 01702 345115
Email: davidcharles@uwclub.net

RIBA Suffolk
Acting Chairman, Alan Wilkinson 
Tel: 01473 689532
Email: awilkinson@klharchitects.com

West Essex Chapter of Architects 
Currently dormant - please contact the RIBA East office on 01223 566285 or email riba.east@riba.org.