Theis and Khan Architects designed the Institute’s new offices at 76 Portland Place to create a sustainable and flexible working environment
The Theis and Khan team, which also included Max Fordham LLP together with Price & Myers, was selected following a panel interview with six shortlisted teams.
The new premises at 76 Portland Place, just a couple of doors from the Institute’s Art Deco landmark building at 66 Portland Place, has been transformed to provide high-quality new office space that is exemplary in its design, and environmental sustainability. The fluidity of this new working environment is in direct contrast to the formality of the current headquarters building, an exciting juxtaposition embodying the RIBA's past, current and future thinking.
The main forum is the communal social space of the building where staff meetings, discussions, private working and dining take place. It is also where RIBA members can meet staff.
RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:
“The selection panel was greatly impressed by all the shortlisted teams’ initial thoughts, approach to the project and their experience and ability to deliver within a constrained timeframe. Theis and Khan gave an exceptionally considered approach and clearly demonstrated how they aim to meet our aspirations. We were particularly inspired by the team’s consideration of the relationship between our new premises and our main RIBA headquarters building, and how they had successfully delivered projects with such synergies in the past.”
Soraya Khan and Patrick Theis said:
“We are thrilled to be appointed to lead the team designing the RIBA’s new offices; it is an enormous privilege and we would like to thank the selection panel. We look forward to delivering a high quality sustainable design that both meets the RIBA's aspirations for its new building and reflects the integrity of 66 Portland Place. We were intrigued by the potential synergies between the two buildings and look forward to developing these further with the RIBA.”