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Practice Space

The Practice Space at 66 Portland Place showcases recent works by architecture practices around the globe, as well as the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the RIBA President’s Medals. It is a space dedicated to achievement and innovation, with an ambitious programme of displays throughout the year. 

Practice Space, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (Tuesday, 10am to 8pm)

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President's Medals exhibition, Practice Space

RIBA President's Medals 2023 exhibition

15 December 2023 to 6 April 2024 

The annual RIBA President's Medals exhibition showcases the talent of architecture students whose design projects and dissertations are nominated by schools of architecture across the globe for the RIBA Bronze, Silver, and Dissertation Medals.

The RIBA President's Medals are regarded as the most prestigious awards in architectural education worldwide.

Established in 1836 when the Institute of British Architects awarded the first Silver Medal to George Godwin, the President's Medals are the RIBA’s oldest awards.

The current format of the awards dates to 1986, when at the celebration of their 150th anniversary, the institute replaced a large number of student awards, scholarships and prizes with the Bronze and Silver Medals to reward outstanding design work at RIBA Part 1 and Part 2. In 2001, a Dissertation Medal was added to reward accomplished written work.

The winners receive their awards from the RIBA President at a ceremony in December of each year. Over the last few years, this showcase of talented student work has been exhibited in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Find out more about the RIBA President's Medals.

Lesley Lokko

RIBA Royal Gold Medal: Lesley Lokko 

2 May to 21 September 2024 

This display celebrates this year's RIBA Royal Gold Medallist, Professor Lesley Lokko.   

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the Monarch and is awarded to acknowledge the contribution and influence made by an architect or practice who have directly or indirectly advanced the profession of architecture. 

Lesley Lokko is an educator, author, and curator. A luminary architect and renaissance figure who has etched an indelible mark on the global stage, this display highlights her groundbreaking contributions to architectural education, dialogue, and discourse from a ‘Global South’ perspective – relentlessly pursuing inclusivity and equity in the field. 

Please note: on occasion 66 Portland Place may be closed to the public, including during the holiday season. Find our full opening times and plan your journey.

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