Brazilian architects in London: RIBA

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60 Threadneedle Street, London, Eric Parry Architects.
(Image credit: Courtesy of Timothy Soar)

A short walk from London’s bustling Soho and Oxford Circus, the Royal Institute of British Architect’s London headquarters was the obvious choice for the London leg of our feature on Brazilian architects working abroad.

The RIBA is the architecture community’s central reference point in the British capital. It is also a busy centre for all sorts of events related to the built environment, from smaller building design projects, through to larger scale urban developments.

Housed in a stunning Grade II listed building designed in the 1930s by architect Grey Wornum, the Portland Place RIBA head office is an architectural gem in itself; an opportunity we couldn’t let pass.

This spring closes and summer kicks off at the RIBA with a stimulating exhibition at the main HQ’s Gallery 2 and a big announcement – the winning designs for the annual RIBA Awards.

The Gallery 2 show visits South America, yet through another of the continent’s nations; Colombia. Colombian Architecture: A Visual Narrative of Two Cities explores the urban transformation of the country’s main cities of Bogotá and Medellín over the past 20 years; a series of architectural changes, crucial to the cities’ social inclusion, anti-violence and cultural legacy movements. The event is part of the 2010 London Festival of Architecture program and is sponsored by a group of supporting organisations, including the Embassy of Colombia.

The Institute’s 2010 awards for architectural elegance were announced a few days ago. They include 93 UK buildings and a further nine in the rest of the EU, with highlights such as the Carmody Groarke Regent’s Place Pavilion, 60 Threadneedle Street in London by Eric Parry Architects, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum by Rick Mather Architects and the Creative Business Units in Aberystwyth by Heatherwick Studio. Featuring multiple winners for some categories, the Institute also welcomed many younger practices that won their first RIBA prize this year.

Smaller in scale but not in prestige and focusing on residential projects, the RIBA Manser Medal is another of the institute’s much-celebrated prizes. The annual award for the UK’s best new house was just relaunched a few days ago in partnership with HSBC Private Bank and promises to offer an array of amazing one-off residential designs, with the shortlist to be announced this autumn, followed by the winner later in the year.

Just a few of the organisation’s many events, be it an exhibition, an award ceremony or a lecture, there is always something on at the RIBA for the architecturally minded visitor.

60 Threadneedle Street Interior, London

60 Threadneedle Street Interior, London, Eric Parry Architects. 

(Image credit: Courtesy of Timothy Soar)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Rick Mather Architects.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Andy Matthews)

Balnearn Boathouse, Tayside

Balnearn Boathouse, Tayside, McKenzie Strickland Associates.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Keith Hunter)

Broadcasting Place, Leeds

Broadcasting Place, Leeds, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Cloud 9)

Cardiff Central Library, BDP

Cardiff Central Library, BDP. Courtesy of CommissionAir

(Image credit: Courtesy of CommissionAir)

Clapham Manor Primary School, London

Clapham Manor Primary School, London, architects: drmm.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Jonas Lencer)

Creative Business Units, Aberystwyth

Creative Business Units, Aberystwyth, Heatherwick Studio. Courtesy of Edmund Sumner

(Image credit: Courtesy of Edmund Sumner)

Great North Museum, Farrells with Purves Ash and Casson Mann

Great North Museum, Farrells with Purves Ash and Casson Mann.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Andrew Haslam)

Infinity Bridge, Teesdale

Infinity Bridge, Teesdale, Spence Associates.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Morley von Steinburg)

New Horizon Youth Centre

New Horizon Youth Centre, Adam Khan Architects. 

(Image credit: Courtesy of David Grandorgev)

Regents Place Pavilion, London

Regents Place Pavilion, London, Carmody Groarke.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Gautier Deblonde)

Salvation Army, Chelmsford

Salvation Army, Chelmsford, Hudson Architects.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Keith Collie)

The Dow Jones offices, in New York

AIANY Design Awards Interiors Merit winner: the Dow Jones offices, in New York, by STUDIOS Architecture.

(Image credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto)

41 Cooper Square, in New York

AIANY Design Awards Architecture Honor winner: 41 Cooper Square, in New York, NY by Morphosis Architects and Gruzen Samton, LLP.

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

The New Domino’ exhibition showcases the Rafael Vinoly masterplan for a 2200-unit development on the East River Waterfront in Williamsburg

(Image credit: Jonah Stern)

AIANY Design Awards: ’The New Domino’ exhibition showcases the Rafael Vinoly masterplan for a 2200-unit development on the East River Waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At the centre of the site is a landmarked former sugar refinery. Until May 29.

The High Line, in New York

AIANY Design Awards Urban Design Honor winner: the High Line, in New York, by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

AIANY Design Awards Unbuilt Merit Award winner: Open Paradox, proposed for Seoul, South Korea

AIANY Design Awards Unbuilt Merit Award winner: Open Paradox, proposed for Seoul, South Korea, by Ginseng Chicken Architecture P.C.

(Image credit: Ginseng Chicken Architecture P.C.)

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).