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Offices Dublin 12/06

We have been commissioned by a major developer in Ireland to prepare designs for a major office development in the centre of Dublin, overlooking the River Liffey.

We are working with Arup (structural engineers) and Delappe & Waller (environmental engineers).

Offices Dublin 12/06
River Avon Footbridge Competition

Ian Ritchie Architects together with Schlaich Bergermann (Stuttgart) have won the competition to design the new River Avon footbridge, close to the Royal Shakespeare Theatres in Stratford upon Avon. The news was announced November 15th.

River Avon Footbridge Competition
Paterson Memorial Lecture Cheltenham

Ian Ritchie is giving the annual Paterson Memorial Lecture at the invitation of the Cheltenham Civic Society on Tuesday, 5th December 2006, at the Society’s HQ, Parmoor House, Lypiatt Terrace, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham.

Paterson Memorial Lecture Cheltenham
RA Schools Lecture

Ian Ritchie’s will lecture at the RA Schools on 15th November at 11.00 am.

RA Schools Lecture
Bartlett Lecture

Gordon Talbot will lecture to undergraduates 20th November (a.m.)

Bartlett Lecture
Leipzig Glass Hall Book

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this remarkable glass building - the largest in the world - The Royal Academy is publishing this November, a boxed limited edition of 250 (signed copies) of all the key construction drawings prepared by the specialist contractors on special folded paper, and a colour illustrated text describing the background and the construction details.

Leipzig Glass Hall Book
RSC Courtyard Theatre Book

RSC Courtyard Theatre, published by Categorical Books, is 14cm x 14cm, has 96 pages, a historical synopsis of theatre with a perspective upon Shakespearean theatre and, technical developments in theatre and a full description of the concept, design process and procurement of this radical new theatre in Stratford upon Avon seating more than a thousand around a large thrust stage. The book includes many colour photographs and drawings. It retails at £8. Please email tom@categoricalbooks.com directly or email Ian Ritchie Architects and include your name and address with the number of copies you wish to purchase and this will be forwarded to Categorical Books.

RSC Courtyard Theatre Book
Helsinki Lecture

Ian Ritchie will deliver the annual Finnish Constructional Steelwork Association lecture on 5th October.

Helsinki Lecture
New Avon Footbridge

Our competition design for the new footbridge across the Avon at Stratford upon Avon will be on public exhibition in the town during September. Our entry is one of six invited. No images are available as all the entries remain anonymous at this stage.

New Avon Footbridge
Whitecity

Multiplex announced 17th August, that, with immediate effect, they were no longer the contractor on London’s largest single development.

Whitecity
RSC Courtyard Theatre

“I’m so proud of what Ian (Ian Ritchie, the architect) has achieved in making such a handsome building out of this.”
“…This theatre already has charisma. It’s going to be a great place to see Shakespeare - an intimate theatre where the actors and the audience are in the same room, allowing the performance to become an "up-close", shared experience.”
“The end result is a credit to all of those people involved both from the RSC team and those from outside who brought their expertise to the project”
- Michael Boyd, RSC Artistic Director

RSC Courtyard Theatre
RSC Courtyard Theatre

On July 7th The RSC’s production first part of the Henry VI trilogy, directed by Michael Boyd, opened in the acclaimed Courtyard Theatre.
There has been universal praise from public and actors to the new venue, which has been built in only 11 months, and on time.
Ian Ritchie Architects would like to thank everyone involved in achieving a remarkable outcome.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Gordon Talbot RIBA Examining

Gordon Talbot continues his role as RIBA External Examiner of Diploma work at Greenwich University.

Gordon Talbot RIBA Examining
Compasso Volante 2006

Ian Ritchie will be President for the third year of the Compasso Volante competition jury in which Final Year Diploma students from Beijing, Seoul, Paris and Milan produce final thesis designs on a common site - this year in Marseilles. The jury will take place in Beijing in September.

Compasso Volante 2006
Kings Cross

London Borough of Camden have appointed us following competitive interview to help create the design framework for a new London Square at Kings Cross, and to produce urban design guidelines for the areas east, west and south of Kings Cross Station.

Kings Cross
Stirling Prize 2006

Ian Ritchie will be chairing the jury for 2006 Stirling Prize in association with the Architects Journal.

Stirling Prize 2006
New staff: Ben Flatman and Umut Yamac

Two new architects join the practice: Ben Flatman and Umut Yamac.

New staff: Ben Flatman and Umut Yamac
Robin Cross

Congratulations to Robin Cross who was elected as a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Lewisham and now represents the socially mixed and culturally dynamic ward of Telegraph Hill.
He was elected with a mandate to promote urban regeneration, stronger environmental policy and a renewal of life in the community.

Robin Cross
RIBA Trust Lecture; Toni Ruttimann 13/06/06

Ian Ritchie has invited Toni Ruttimann, known as Il Suizo, the young man who builds bridges, to lecture at the RIBA on 13th June at 6.30. He has built more than 300 bridges in disaster areas in S America and SE Asia. Tickets will be in short supply, so book early here.

RIBA Trust Lecture; Toni Ruttimann 13/06/06
RSC Courtyard Theatre
The new 1048 seat Courtyard Theatre and support complex will be completed next month, on time and within cost. Rehearsal of Michael Boyd’s production of the Henry VI trilogy begins in June and the opening night is 7th July 2006. Tickets for the RSC Complete Works Festival can be obtained on line.
RSC Courtyard Theatre
Staff: Oliver Scheffler, Brian Heron and Teresa McQueen

Three new architects join the practice: Oliver Scheffler, Brian Heron and Teresa McQueen.

Staff: Oliver Scheffler, Brian Heron and Teresa McQueen
Westminster City Academy

In May 2005 the charity ARK Education invited Ian Ritchie Architects to design one of a network of seven inner city schools it is to sponsor under the Government’s Academies programme.
This month ARK Education received confirmation that its Westminster project can proceed.
The Academy is to provide education for 892 children and will occupy two sites in the Lisson Grove area in the City of Westminster. The Academy will operate an extended school policy and engage the local community.
Building work is expected to commence on the Cosway Street site in 3Q 2007 and on the Penfold Street site in 1Q 2008.

Westminster City Academy
Dublin – Judging

Ian Ritchie has accepted to act as the international juror in the assessment of a limited, two-stage architectural competition for an approximately 200,000m2 development in Dublin.
The site is close to the city centre and will be developed as a high quality mixed-use scheme and it is the client’s intention to create a world class example of high quality, innovative high density residential, retail development and office development.

Dublin – Judging
Oxford Brookes – Masters in Design

Ian Ritchie has accepted the invitation to be the External Examiner for the new M.Arch course at Oxford Brookes University. The course, which will start in September 2006, will be directed by the internationally acclaimed architectural teacher Prof. David Greene.
The one-year (12 month) course is conceived as a high-level design programme. It is a post-professional course that will appeal primarily to architects and designers from the UK and overseas who wish to develop their design skills to the highest levels by undertaking an intensive programme of study. Speculative research in design will be a key part of the course, with a particular emphasis on making and its role in design.
The new M.Arch is the first new architectural programme to be launched at Oxford Brookes since the appointment of Prof Mark Swenarton as head of architecture in September 2005.

Oxford Brookes – Masters in Design
Palermo, Sicily 01/06

Ian Ritchie participated in a conference discussing the urban renewal of the city, and also lectured at the University.

Palermo, Sicily 01/06
The Spire Trust

Dublin City Council has confirmed that The Spire Trust will become active following the inaugural meeting scheduled for March 2006.
The Spire Trust funds from exploiting the economic marketing value of the Spire will be made available through grants to promote the arts, particularly among those who are marginalised from participating in them.

The Spire Trust