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Evolution exhibition at RIBA North celebrates the architectural feats of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

To celebrate the work of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, RIBA in partnership with Grimshaw Architects is hosting an exhibition of models, films and drawings at RIBA North on the Liverpool Waterfront.

24 June 2019

Earlier this year the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presented the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture, the Royal Gold Medal, to Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. This award is presented annually by the RIBA on behalf of the Queen.

To celebrate the work of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, RIBA in partnership with Grimshaw Architects is hosting an exhibition of models, films and drawings at RIBA North on the Liverpool Waterfront. 

The exhibition celebrates works ranging in scale and geography: from the renowned Eden Project in Cornwall with its vast clear-span biomes, to Australia’s first significant contemporary rail terminus Southern Cross Station, to New York’s EMPAC facility, a cutting-edge performance space. With exclusive drawings, models and film, we celebrate the evolution of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw’s career and practice over five decades and look at the future of the practice – including the development of Eden North on the shores of Morecambe bay.

Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980, became a Partnership in 2007 and now operates worldwide with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Doha, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, and Sydney. What emerges is Grimshaw’s consistent pursuit of excellence and innovation, distinguishing the practice since its inception.

“We are delighted to show the Evolution exhibition at RIBA North to celebrate the architectural feats of our Founder, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. The exhibition begins with Grimshaw’s early projects and takes viewers on a journey to where the practice is at today, and where we are aiming to be in the future. The north of England is an important location for us as we develop our concepts for a new Eden Project and welcome in the next generation of environmental enthusiasts.” said Andrew Whalley, Chairman of Grimshaw.

Suzy Jones, Director of RIBA North, said: “We’re delighted to see the Royal Gold Medal 2019 exhibition, Evolution, brought to RIBA North. The presentation of Sir Nicholas’s inimitable work - which has always been driven by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design - underscores RIBA North’s growing focus on the importance of innovative and progressive architecture in a climate challenged future.”

“We are excited to welcome Grimshaw Architects to RIBA North. As their Eden North project develops, it’s a great opportunity for us to understand how Grimshaw Architects has developed and refined their work to be more focused on sustainability and good design.”

This exhibition has been organised by Grimshaw Architects in collaboration with RIBA North, on the occasion of the presentation of the Royal Gold Medal 2019 for architecture. The exhibition will run from the 26 June 2019 until 3 August 2019 at RIBA North, based in Mann Island, Liverpool.


Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information contact Heather Heaton at RIBA North: Tel: 07545888488
  2. Evolution opens to the public 26 June at RIBA North, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP and will run until 3 August.
  3. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBANorth on Twitter for regular updates 

About RIBA North

RIBA North is the RIBA's National Architecture Centre on Liverpool's Waterfront. It opened in June 2017 and was recently awarded the title of 'Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy' at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2018.

The centre is a place for everyone to discover more about architecture, with exhibitions, talks and tours as well as a café and shop. RIBA North is an inspirational resource for both our members and the public - championing architects, architecture and good design.

RIBA North is the official information hub of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Status. Discover more about the different areas that make up the World Heritage Site and the buffer zone that surrounds them through our Digital City Model. To explore these areas further, we also offer an extensive programme of walking tours.

Entry to our programme of exhibitions is free and you can find out more about RIBA North at

RIBA North, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 1BP

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