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 legacy to the RIBA Education Fund in memory of his wife, Jayne Lennox, has been 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

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. 

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.