Legacy stories

Leaving a legacy to the RIBA, no matter what the size, can make a real difference across all the most important areas of our work: developing and preserving the library and archive, celebrating architectural and design excellence through the public programme and promoting architecture to future generations through education.

How legacies and in-memoriam gifts have made a difference to the RIBA:

Barry Lennox

Barry Lennox's generous bequest to the RIBA Education Fund in memory of his wife, Jayne Lennox, will be used to set up a series of scholarships to support UK architecture students. The RIBA Education Fund exists to help alieviate student financial hardship, widen participation and reduce drop out rates. Without the generosity of donors like Barry Lennox, we would not be able to help so many students through their architectural education.

Barry Lennox: Obituary

Mr Peter Hammond FRIBA

We are very grateful to the friends and family of Mr Peter Hammond for making a generous donation to the RIBA, in Peter's memory.

Peter worked for many years for John P Osborne & Son in Birmingham, working his way up to become partner in 1970. In 1980, he established his own practice, Peter Hammond Associates, in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. 

Peter was highly respected in his profession. Of particular note was his work for the schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham and the Warwickshire Health Authority.

Peter Hammond passed away on 1 January 2015. 

Sir Denys Lasdun's archive

Sir Denys Lasdun, one of the leading architects of the 1960s, died in 2002, leaving an outstanding archive of architectural models, papers, drawings, photographs, film and audio. Offering exceptional insight into his work, and into the society, culture and politics of the second half of the 20th century, Lasdun fervently wanted his archive to be a resource for future generations – especially students – and believed that it should stay in Britain with the RIBA British Architectural Library as its custodian. 

Following his intentions, the Lasdun family have supported the RIBA's project with enthusiasm. Preservation of the archive and access to it are key for anyone who wishes to understand the architectural politics as well as architectural development of the post-war period. In projects such as the Royal College of Physicians (1958-64), the University of East Anglia (1963-9), and the National Theatre (1964-76), Lasdun dealt with issues to do with healthcare, the expansion in higher education and Government support for the arts.

Cataloguing approximately 11,000 drawings, 25,000 photographs, 506 boxes of files, and 64 models and much audio-visual material took five years and was completed in autumn 2012, allowing access to the whole archive. A world-wide audience will be able to see items from the archive and considerable background information with the launch in summer 2014 of Lasdun Online, hosted on this website. The site will offer free access to a fully comprehensive illustrated list of Lasdun's projects both built and unbuilt, accompanied by analytical essays.