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Royal Institute of British Architects, London

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4.6/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
The Royal Institute of British Architects is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971.HistoryOriginally named the Institute of British Architects in London, it was formed in 1834 by several prominent architects, including Philip Hardwick, Thomas Allom, William Donthorne, Thomas Leverton Donaldson, William Adams Nicholson, John Buonarotti Papworth, and Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey.After the grant of the royal charter it had become known as the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, eventually dropping the reference to London in 1892. In 1934, it moved to its current headquarters on Portland Place, with the building being opened by King George V and Queen Mary.Royal charterIt was granted its Royal Charter in 1837 under King William IV. Supplemental Charters of 1887, 1909 and 1925 were replaced by a single Charter in 1971, and there have been minor amendments since then.The original Charter of 1837 set out the purpose of the Royal Institute to be: '… the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith…'
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  • The RIBA book shop is extensive. The Restaurant upstairs is elegant nouvelle cuisine. The ceilings are high and the windows tall - even a little room on the roof terrace in the summer. Take time to ca...  read more »
  • We went there for an organised event at the end of a series of Engineering masterclasses for my daughter. It was great. The two talks were incredifbly ineteresting and inspiring and just being in the ...  read more »
  • Meeting space is a great mix of creative and functional. The location is central to many transportation links and hotels. 
  • RIBA hold some very good exhibitions. Enjoyed the "Brutalist playground" as this holds great interest for me. I am so interested in the current exhibition "Creation from Catastrophe" How architecture can impact upon future generations. If Charles II and Sir Christopher Wren had got their way after the Great Fire of London in 1666 then London would look a whole lot different today. We must always consider how important architecture is to us all, the impact of good or bad architecture is huge and should never been underestimated. RIBA lovely building, cycle past it every day and always give it a nod.
  • Great cafe on the ground floor. It is a good place for business conferences
  • Not generally open to the public as it's the HQ, but if you get the chance take a stroll around the space and look at the history. Fantastic even from the outside
  • Overpriced bookshop. This place is so london
  • Lovely building with smallground floor cafe
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