Ian Ritchie (architect)

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

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
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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]

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Crystal Palace Concert Platform
Completed 1997[7]

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Jubilee Line Extension, Bermondsey Station
London, UK
Completed 1999[8]

Plymouth Theatre Royal Production Centre (TR2)
Plymouth, UK
Completed 2002[9]

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The Spire
Dublin, Ireland
Completed 2003[10]

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RSC Courtyard Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Completed 2006[11]

RSC The Other Place (Transformation Project)
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Completed 2016[12]

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Wood Lane Underground Station
London, UK
Completed 2008[13]

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour, University College London
London, UK
Completed 2016[14]

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. ^ http://www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk/projects/concert_stand/
  8. ^ http://www.bssa.org.uk/cms/File/Euro%20Inox%20Publications/Jubilee%20Line.pdf
  9. ^ https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/working-details-production-centre-theatre-royal-plymouth-ian-ritchie-architects/143005.article
  10. ^ http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/5146
  11. ^ http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/1489
  12. ^ https://www.rsc.org.uk/press/releases/the-other-place-reopens
  13. ^ https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2008/october/new-wood-lane-underground-station-opens
  14. ^ https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/May2012/17052012-Sainsbury-Wellcome-Centre-contractor-appointment-building-work
  15. ^ a b "The Judges and the Judging Process". The RIBA. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  16. ^ http://www.giaequation.co.uk/cultural/187-the-natural-history-museum21
  17. ^ http://www.e-architect.co.uk/architects/ian-ritchie-architects
  18. ^ a b c d "Ian Ritchie". European Forum Alpbach. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  19. ^ http://aub.ac.uk/journey/professor-ian-ritchie-cbe/
  20. ^ a b "Ian Ritchie CV" (PDF). Brandi Institute. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Ian Ritchie". Zillah Bell Gallery. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "The American Institute of Architects – 2010 AIA Honorary Fellows – Ian Ritchie, Hon. FAIA, Awards". Aia.org. 2010. 

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