RIBA Journal

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The RIBA Journal
EditorHugh Pearman
Former editorsPeter Murray
Staff writersEleanor Young, Jan-Carlos Kucharek
Circulation28,405 (ABC 2019)
PublisherRoyal Institute of British Architects
Year founded1893
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon
Websitewww.ribaj.com Edit this at Wikidata

The RIBA Journal is the official publication of the Royal Institute of British Architects, based in London. It has the largest circulation of any architectural magazine in Britain.

The RIBA has issued publications since its foundation in 1834, and the magazine evolved from these. It was established in 1893[1] as the Journal of proceedings of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was the same year renamed Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects before becoming[when?] The RIBA Journal. Until the outbreak of the Second World War it appeared fortnightly, then monthly. From 1986 to 1987 it was rebranded The Architect: The Journal of the RIBA, then reverted to its previous title. It is often known simply as the RIBAJ, and its website is ribaj.com.[2]

It is a monthly publication in print, but updated daily online, where there is much extra material. It is edited by Hugh PearmanHugh Pearman[3] since 2006, with Eleanor Young as executive editor, Jan-Carlos Kucharek as senior editor and Isabelle Priest as assistant editor.[4] Previous editors in order back to 1968 are Amanda Baillieu, John Welsh, Richard Wilcock, Jose Manser, David Pearce, Jonathan Glancey, Peter Murray,[5] Monica Pigeon, Roger Barnard and Malcolm MacEwen. In 2016 the RIBAJ instigated the MacEwen Award, subtitled "architecture for the common good", named after its campaigning former editor and his town-planner wife Anni MacEwen.[6]

Between 1993 and 2008 the magazine was published in a joint venture with an outside publisher, the Builder Group, later absorbed into UBM. The RIBA kept a 25% stake. In 2008 the RIBA once again took 100% ownership, contracting out its publication to Atom Publishing. In 2012 the publication moved to RIBA Enterprises, the commercial wing of the Institute: since 2016 it has been published directly by the Institute.[7] It is not paid for out of RIBA membership subscriptions, operating instead on a self-financing commercial basis through advertising, sponsorship and non-member subscriptions. This arm's length relationship extends to its independent editorial voice, which is by policy not controlled by the Institute. In 2015 the magazine moved into new offices at 76 Portland Place designed by architects Theis + Khan in what had previously been the Institute of Physics building. [8]

In 2012 the magazine launched a magazine supplement "Products in Practice" or PiP, which is published six times a year, edited by Jan-Carlos Kucharek.[9] In 2013 both the RIBAJ and PiP were redesigned by Matt Willey, relaunching in September that year.[10] In 2014 the website, ribaj.com was also redesigned and relaunched. The RIBA Journal operates a "digital first" policy whereby material is published first online. In January 2019 the cover was redesigned by Linda Byrne of consultancy Alphabetical Order. [11]

In 2009 and 2014 the RIBA Journal won the International Building Press National Journalism "Magazine of the Year" award in its non-weekly category[12][13] In March 2016 a critical independent survey of the RIBA by another publication, the Architect's Journal, asked the question "What does the RIBA do best?" Respondents voted for the RIBA Journal by a clear margin, with a high approval rating.[14]


  1. ^ "New Look for RIBA Journal". Creative Review. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. ^ Pearman, Hugh (November 2013). "Editor". RIBA Journal. 120: 106–107.
  3. ^ "About Us - The Editors". RIBA Journal. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  4. ^ Fisher, Clare (17 August 2006). "Hugh Pearman appointed editor of RIBA Journal". Journalism. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Prince brings the house down". Evening Times. 31 May 1984. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Explore | RIBAJ". www.ribaj.com.
  7. ^ Klettner, Andrea (29 June 2012). "RIBA Journal to be published in-house". Building Design. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Theis + Khan Architects". Theis + Khan Architects.
  9. ^ Kucharek, Jan-Carlos. "A change..." www.ribaj.com.
  10. ^ Willey, Matt. "RIBA Journal and PiP supplement". Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  11. ^ Pearman, Hugh. "New year, new look, new architecture". www.ribaj.com.
  12. ^ Awards, IBP. "IBP Journalism Awards 2009" (PDF). IBP. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  13. ^ Awards 2014, IBP. "41st national journalism awards bulletin" (PDF). Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  14. ^ Mark, Laura. "AJ survey results: RIBA is out of touch but not yet out of time". Architects Journal.

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