Ian Ritchie (architect)

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Ian Ritchie
Born (1947-06-24) 24 June 1947 (age 71)[1]
Sussex, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Liverpool John Moores University
University of Westminster
Occupation Architect
Practice Ian Ritchie Architects
Website www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk

Ian Ritchie CBE RA (born 24 June 1947 in Sussex) is a British architect,[2] artist and author, who founded Ian Ritchie Architects in 1981. His projects include the RIBA Award-winning Terrasson Greenhouse and London Regatta Centre, and American Institute of Architects Award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company Courtyard Theatre. Ritchie was the first foreign architect to receive the French Academie d’Architecture Grand Silver Medal for Innovation.[2]


Ritchie graduated from Liverpool John Moores University School of Architecture in 1968. He then went on to research Urban Studies for a year in Oita-Osaka, Japan and graduated with a Diploma in Architecture with Distinction from PCL, London (now University of Westminster) in 1972.[2] After working with Norman Foster (1972–76), Ritchie spent two years in France designing and constructing projects before joining Arup's Lightweight Structure Group.[3] In 1979, he founded Chrysalis Architects. In 1981 he created Ian Ritchie Architects in London, and co-founded the design engineering firm Rice Francis Ritchie (RFR) with Peter Rice and Martin Francis in Paris.[2] Ritchie left RFR in 1990 and went on to a number of advisory and teaching roles alongside his work at Ian Ritchie Architects, regularly lecturing on topics including art, urbanism and regeneration at venues across the world. During his career he has been awarded multiple accolades, including a CBE in 2000, and was elected a Royal Academician in 1998 and Professor of Architecture at the RA Schools in 2004.[2] Ritchie (and Ian Ritchie Architects) have had over 60 national and international award nominations and have been shortlisted four times for the RIBA Stirling Prize and Mies Van der Rohe Prize.[2] Ritchie was the first foreign architect to receive the French Academie d’Architecture Grand Silver Medal for Innovation.[2]

Major architectural projects[edit]

In 1999, Ian Ritchie Architects (alongside Scottish Homes and Thenew Housing Association) completed Scotland’s Home of Tomorrow - new social housing for Glasgow’s East End.[citation needed]

Image Project Awards and nominations
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Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art
Madrid, Spain
Completed 1990 (with Onzono/Castro)[4]

Louvre Museum Inverted Pyramid
Paris, France
Completed 1993 (with I.M. Pei and RFR)[5]

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Leipzig Messe Glass Hall
Completed 1995 (with gmp)[6]

  • German Building of the Year (1997)[7]
  • German Steel Construction Award (1998)[7]
  • IABSE International Outstanding Structure Award (2000)[7]
  • Saxony State Award for Architecture and Construction (1996)[7]
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Crystal Palace Concert Platform
Completed 1997[8]

  • American Institute of Architects Excellence in Design Commendation (1997)[9]
  • Civic Trust Award (1998)[9]
  • RFAC Trust Arts Building of the Year (1998)[9]
  • RIBA Award and Stirling Prize shortlist (1999)[9]
  • UK Design Council Millennium Product Award (1999)[9]
  • The Chartered Institute of Building Celebrating Construction Achievement Award (2000)[9]
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Jubilee Line Extension, Bermondsey Station
London, UK
Completed 1999[10]

Plymouth Theatre Royal Production Centre (TR2)
Plymouth, UK
Completed 2002[12]

  • American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Award (2003)[13]
  • RIBA Award and Stirling Prize shortlist (2003)[13]
  • RFAC Trust Building of the Year (2003)[13]
  • Galvanizers Association Award Highly Commended (2004)[13]
  • Abercrombie Architectural Design Award: Best New Building and Overall Best (2004)[13]
  • European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe award shortlist (2005)[13]
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The Spire
Dublin, Ireland
Completed 2003[14]

  • British Construction Industry International Award finalist (2003)[15]
  • RIBA Award and Stirling Prize shortlist (2004)[15]
  • Mies van der Rohe Award shortlist (2005)[15]
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RSC Courtyard Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Completed 2006[16]

RSC The Other Place (Transformation Project)
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Completed 2016[17]

RSC Courtyard Theatre

  • American Institute of Architects Award (2008)[18]
  • MIPIM Client Satisfaction Award[18]
  • RIBA National Award and Stirling Prize mid-list[18]
  • RICS Award - West Midlands: Community Benefit (2009)[18]
  • RICS Award - West Midlands: Sustainability shortlist [18]
  • West Midlands Architect of the Year (2006)[18]

RSC The Other Place

  • AJ Retrofit: Cultural Buildings Award - Cinemas and Theatre shortlist[19]
  • LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum (LEAF) Awards: Refurbishment of the Year shortlist (2016)[20]
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Wood Lane Underground Station
London, UK
Completed 2008[21]

  • British Construction Industry Award shortlist (2009)[22]
  • HSBC Rail Business Awards - Station Excellence (2009)[22]
  • Institute of Structural Engineers Award for Transport Structures shortlist (2009)[22]
  • National Transport Awards Rail Station of the Year shortlist (2009)[22]
  • Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award shortlist (2009)[22]
  • RIBA Award shortlist (2009)[22]

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour, University College London
London, UK
Completed 2016[23]

  • BCI Award: Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m) winner (2016)[24]
  • BCI Award: Judges Special Award shortlist (2016)[24]
  • BCI Award: Prime Ministers Better Public Building Award shortlist (2016)[24]
  • Building Magazine Project of the Year finalist (2016)[25]
  • LEAF (Leading European Architects Forum) Award: Best Façade Design and Engineering (2016)[26]
  • LEAF Award: Overall Winner (2016)[26]
  • NLA Award: Education shortlist (2016)[27]
  • Offsite Construction Award: Best Use of MEP Prefabrication shortlist (2016) [28]
  • Offsite Construction Award: Product Innovation shortlist (2016) [28]
  • RIBA London Awards Shortlist (2016)[29]
  • Society Facade Engineering Awards finalist (2013)[30]
  • Surface Design Award: Public Building Exterior shortlist (2015)[31]
  • World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards: Higher Education and Research shortlist (2016)[32]
  • World Architecture News (WAN) Facade Award longlist (2016) [33]

Public and professional appointments (selected)[edit]

Educational appointments (selected)[edit]

Awards and honours (selected)[edit]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. Mr Ian Ritchie, architect, 66 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Ian Ritchie RA". The Royal Academy of Arts. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.engineering-timelines.com/who/Rice_P/ricePeter7.asp // http://www.architectmagazine.com/business/ian-ritchies-new-memoir-explores-how-a-generation-of-british-architects-engineered-their-rise_o
  4. ^ http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/museum/history
  5. ^ http://facadesconfidential.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/louvre-pyramids-revisited.html
  6. ^ http://www.leipziger-messe.com/visitor/exhibition-grounds/
  7. ^ a b c d "Leipzig Messe". Leipzig Messe. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk/projects/concert_stand/
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Concert Stand". 
  10. ^ http://www.bssa.org.uk/cms/File/Euro%20Inox%20Publications/Jubilee%20Line.pdf
  11. ^ a b "Bermondsey Station". 
  12. ^ https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/working-details-production-centre-theatre-royal-plymouth-ian-ritchie-architects/143005.article
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Plymouth Theatre Royal Production Centre – TR2". 
  14. ^ http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/5146
  15. ^ a b c "Iconic Architecture in Dublin:The Spire". Miesian Plaza. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  16. ^ http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/1489
  17. ^ https://www.rsc.org.uk/press/releases/the-other-place-reopens
  18. ^ a b c d e f "RSC Courtyard Theatre". Ian Ritchie Architects. Archived from the original on 18 January 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  19. ^ https://retrofit.architectsjournal.co.uk/sho_rtl_ist_tes_t
  20. ^ http://www.arena-international.com/leafawards/leaf-awards-shortlist-2016/5761.article
  21. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2008/october/new-wood-lane-underground-station-opens
  22. ^ a b c d e f "Wood Lane Station". 
  23. ^ https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/May2012/17052012-Sainsbury-Wellcome-Centre-contractor-appointment-building-work
  24. ^ a b c "BCI Awards 2016 finalists". 
  25. ^ "Building Magazine Awards shortlist 2016". 
  26. ^ a b "LEAF Awards 2016 Winners". LEAF Awards. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  27. ^ "New London Architecture awards" (PDF). 
  28. ^ a b "Offsite Awards shortlist". 
  29. ^ https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Contactus/NewsAndPress/PressReleases/2016/Shortlistedprojectsannouncedforthe2016RIBALondonRegionalAwardsforarchitecture.aspx
  30. ^ "Offsite Awards". Archived from the original on 2016-08-28. 
  31. ^ "Surface Design Awards finalists announced" (PDF). 
  32. ^ https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/higher-education-and-research-completed-buildings
  33. ^ "World Architecture News Facade Award longlist". 
  34. ^ a b "The Judges and the Judging Process". The RIBA. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  35. ^ http://www.giaequation.co.uk/cultural/187-the-natural-history-museum21
  36. ^ http://www.e-architect.co.uk/architects/ian-ritchie-architects
  37. ^ a b c d "Ian Ritchie". European Forum Alpbach. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  38. ^ http://aub.ac.uk/journey/professor-ian-ritchie-cbe/
  39. ^ a b "Ian Ritchie CV" (PDF). Brandi Institute. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  40. ^ a b c d "Ian Ritchie". Zillah Bell Gallery. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  41. ^ "The American Institute of Architects – 2010 AIA Honorary Fellows – Ian Ritchie, Hon. FAIA, Awards". Aia.org. 2010. 

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