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Olympic Village, London

We have been selected by Bovis Lend Lease to prepare designs for an urban block of approximately 300 homes for the Olympic Village and subsequently to be part of the urban development of Stratford, London.

Olympic Village, London
Bromley, London

We have received a commission to prepare a residential development of approximately 400 homes in Bromley, London. The last project that we completed in Bromley was the Crystal Palace Concert Platform in 1997.

Bromley, London
River Avon Footbridge

Robin Cross has been leading a number of forum debates over the last few months in Stratford upon Avon on the design and impact of the new footbridge which we won in competition a year ago, and how it fit into Warwickshire County Council’s wider transport proposals for the town.

River Avon Footbridge
North House, Westminster
Our proposal for the refurbishment of a listed building into new offices has been granted planning permission and listed building consent by Westminster City Council.
North House, Westminster
New Staff: Fabio Figlia and Gorana Vucic-Shepherd

Fabio Figlia graduated from the University of Naples, Faculty of Architecture. He qualified in 2000. He then completed a PhD, for which his thesis was titled "Innovative design tools and methodology" which analysed the creative process within design teamwork.

Gorana Vucic-Shepherd graduated from the Architectural Association and completed her Part III at the University of Westminster in 2007.

New Staff: Fabio Figlia and Gorana Vucic-Shepherd
Jan Braker

Jan, who graduated from TU Berlin in 1997 and has been with us since 1998, is returning at the end of January to his home town of Hamburg to become a partner with two friends in a young practice. He will continue to help us on some projects from his new base, and having seen him mature here we are sure that he will be successful in his new adventure. We wish him well.

Jan Braker
Turkey

Ian Ritchie Architects have recently completed the concept design for a new sports complex - 40,000 seat FIFA standard football stadium, Olympic swimming and diving pool and indoor arena. It is anticipated that the complex will be completed in 2010. We have also been commissioned to prepare designs for a landmark residential development in Istanbul of 1,500 units, working alongside Arup, Turkey.

Turkey
Palermo, Sicily

Ian Ritchie presided over the jury of the Compasso Volante competition which was judged in Palermo, Sicily on October 5th 2007. This is an annual Diploma design competition between students from the following schools of architecture - Politecnico di Milano, Paris-La Villette, Tsinghua University Beijing, Hanyang University Seoul, Technical University Malaysia, and the University of Palermo.

The 2007 site for this competition was in Malacca, Malaysia and the brief demanded high quality housing. The members of the jury were professors: Ettore Zambelli (Milan), Eric Dubosc (La Villette), Li Dexiang (Beijing), Lee Kang Up (Seoul), Antonio de Vecci (Palermo) and Paulo Cucci (Malay), and the process chaired by Professor Marco Imperiadori (Milan).

Palermo, Sicily
RSC RIBA Award

Ian Ritchie Architects will be receiving the RIBA Award for the RSC Courtyard Theatre at the RIBA Awards dinner in Birmingham on 30th October.

RSC RIBA Award
2007 Dutch Steel Conference, Ede

Ian Ritchie will be giving a keynote speech at this year’s annual Dutch Steel Conference being held in Ede on 11th October.

2007 Dutch Steel Conference, Ede
Potters Fields & Ken Livingstone

The mayor of London, GLA and LDA have stated publicly their full support for the residential and cultural development at Potters Fields which we have designed for Berkeley Homes.
Ken Livingstone has indicated that the GLA will compulsory purchase that part of the land to enable the entire scheme, described as world class during the public inquiry, to be realised. The mayor is becoming increasingly frustrated by some London Boroughs inhibiting the delivery of much needed housing in the capital.

Although the London Borough of Southwark has been less than supportive, having consistently underplayed the 8,000 square metres cultural space provided for in the scheme. The Design Museum is actively seeking to take this space in order to increase their international profile and to triple the size of their operation in order to become, in the words of the Design Museum’s director, Deyan Sudjic, "to become the third generation Design Museum after the V&A London (19th century) and MOMA, NY (20th century)."
The project is being led by Loke Shee Ming.

Potters Fields & Ken Livingstone
North House, Westminster

We have submitted a planning application and listed building consent on behalf of a private client for the renewal of two 1930’s private houses originally designed by Oliver Hill in Great Peter Street, which were previously converted into office accommodation in the 1950’s and further modified in the 1980s. The project is being led by Teresa McQueen.

North House, Westminster
Landmark Wales

The Landmark Wales application to the Big Lottery Fund was unsuccessful.
We, along with Marks Barfield and Tonkins Lui were the winners of the international competition earlier this year. Landmark Wales has every intention of realising the three projects and will seek alternative funding.

Landmark Wales
New Staff: Annamaria Csanaki

Annamaria Csanaki, an architect trained in Budapest and Lille has joined us, and as with Karl Singporewala, had some of her drawings exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year.

New Staff: Annamaria Csanaki
King Solomon Academy

The detailed planning and listed building applications have been submitted to Westminster City Council for this ARK school project which is one of the City Academies. The project involves the renovation of Leonard Mannasseh’s original Grade II* School in Penfold Street, and adding new nursery, primary and secondary teaching spaces and dance/performance facilities.

Go to project page

King Solomon Academy
The Leipzig Glass Hall Book of Drawings

The latest book, The Leipzig Glass Hall book of Drawings by Ian Ritchie Architects has been published by the Royal Academy. This limited edition of 250 signed copies has been produced by Ian Ritchie and Henning Rambow, and printed and bound in Leipzig. It consists of more than 30 multi-fold-out construction drawings on cartridge together with a detailed text and coloured photographs describing the origin, development and technical details of the construction of the world’s largest single space glass building. It is available from the Royal Academy shop or by contacting Ian Ritchie Architects.

The Leipzig Glass Hall Book of Drawings
Staff: Karl Singporewala, Elektra Slimpas and Paul Ruff

Three new architects will join us during August and early September: Karl Singporewala who has graduated from Brighton with distinction and whose work was selected for the RA Summer Exhibition this year; Elektra Slimpas who graduated from Stuttgart University; Paul Ruff who graduated from Westminster University with distinction.

Staff: Karl Singporewala, Elektra Slimpas and Paul Ruff
Olympic Village

We were one of several practices selected by Lend Lease to be invited to contribute to the Olympic Village development.

Olympic Village
Purfleet Housing

The design for 659 homes that we have prepared on behalf of Taylor Wimpey is being submitted this month for planning permission.

Purfleet Housing
RSC Courtyard Theatre

RSC Courtyard Theatre has received a National RIBA Award at the awards ceremony in London 22nd June. Along with our client represented by Susie Sainsbury, Simon Harper, Tom Piper; and Ian Ritchie, Rui Dias, Doug King, Bill Price, Andy Hayles, Gavin Green, Paul Gillieron, Bert den Arendt, and RSC actors Katy Stephens and Richard Cordery all managed to get onto the stage to take a bow! This award means The Courtyard is on the mid-list for the Stirling Award along with 13 other national winners, and 5 from the rest of the world. Since 1998, Ian Ritchie Architects have now had 4 projects listed for the Stirling Award. The Courtyard has also been submitted for the RIBA Access Award which will be announced at the Stirling Award evening in October.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
RA Summer Show

RA Summer Show Architecture Gallery, curated by Ian Ritchie, is entirely blue and has been very favourably received by architects, visitors and press. Bovis Lend Lease are also sponsoring a student prize this year for the first time.

RA Summer Show
RSC Courtyard Theatre

RSC Courtyard Theatre has received a Regional RIBA Award.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Landmark Wales
We have won the competition to design and realise a new Landmark for Wales at Holyhead Harbour. Matthew Wells of Techniker was a key member of our design team.
Landmark Wales
RSC Courtyard Theatre

With the final performance of Coriolanus in the RST, the Courtyard Theatre has now become the main theatre for the RSC in Stratford upon Avon. The transformation of the RST by Bennetts Associates will enable productions to begin again in 2011.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Staff: Manuel Irsara, Sun Hur and Paul Vick

Manuel Irsara will be joining us on May 14th. He is Italian, and a graduate of TU Vienna in 2005, and also attended the Bartlett for a Diploma Year in 2004.
Sun Hur is leaving after nearly six years with us to begin his own multi-cultural architecture-art studio with friends back in Seoul.
Paul Vick is leaving this month to start his own practice. We wish him well.

Staff: Manuel Irsara, Sun Hur and Paul Vick
Glass Conference, Finland

Ian Ritchie will be giving a talk on Potters Fields, glass facades and the latest Part L impact at the international Glass Conference, GPD07, in Tampere, Finland, on Saturday 16th June.

Glass Conference, Finland
Office Summer Trip

This year’s summer trip is to Leipzig on June 1-3. We’ll meet up with our ‘sister office’ there, Tagebau, see the Glass Hall ten years after its completion and experience the renaissance of the city itself.

Office Summer Trip
New London Square

Peter Bishop announced that there will be a new London Square embracing both St Pancras and King’s Cross Stations. We were selected in March 2006 by London Borough of Camden following a competitive interview to help create the design framework for new London Square at Kings Cross, and to produce urban design guidelines for the areas east, west and south of Kings Cross Station.

New London Square
Thames Gateway Bridge

Ian Ritchie has been appointed to the Mayor&rsqiuo;s Design Panel for the new river Thames Gateway Bridge (TGB) connecting north London at Beckton with south London at Thamesmead. An international competition for its design, procurement and management will be announced early this summer.
Under the chair of Michael Clarke, the panel includes Sir Jack Zunz, ex Chair of Arup; Peter Bishop, Director Design for London; Chris Wise and Malcolm Fletcher, both engineers, Rikki Burdett, Julia Barfield and Michel Desvigne. Observers from LB of Newham and Greenwich will also attend.

Thames Gateway Bridge
RA Summer Exhibition

Ian Ritchie, together with Paul Huxley and Bill Woodrow will be co-ordinating this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The theme is Light.
Chris Wilkinson will assist Ian with the hanging of the architecture gallery and this year, we are encouraging architects to submit works which are for sale. Collecting architectural drawings, prints and models is a growth area.
Forms can be obtained from summerexhibition@royalacademy.org.uk

RA Summer Exhibition
Staff: Clarissa Matthews, Nick Pamphilon, Jose Garrido, Christiane Lange

Clarissa Matthews is leaving after ten years with us, to explore new avenues and to start a practice with her husband. Clarissa worked on the EdF Pylons, and was project architect on the London Regatta Centre and the recently completed £80 million London Underground’s main Central Line Sidings at Whitecity.
Nick Pamphilon, who has worked with us for the last three years while maintaining his musical career, is leaving for Mexico to engage more deeply with its architecture, language and musical culture. He has contributed to Whitecity, the new Westminster City Academy, Potters Fields and technical research.
We wish both a very successful future.
José Garrido will be joining Ian Ritchie Architects at the beginning of March. José graduated from Cornell University in 2002, having already obtained a masters from the Universidad de Navarro.
Christiane Lange who has worked with us through Professor Henning Rambow’s studio, Tagebau, in Leipzig, will join us at the beginning of April for five months, before studying for a Masters at the ETH, Zurich.

Staff: Clarissa Matthews, Nick Pamphilon, Jose Garrido, Christiane Lange
Copenhagen Lecture

Ian Ritchie will be giving a masterclass and a public lecture, focusing on glass, on March 1st 2007, at the Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs Lyngby. This is the inaugural lecture to celebrate the 150th anniversary of civil engineering education in Denmark.

Copenhagen Lecture
ICA Textile Futures

20th March at 6pm is the time of the official launch of our newly formed "textile futures research group" which comprises around 30 innovators in the field of textiles working across the University of the Arts.
There will be a seminar at 6pm at the ICA main lecture theatre at which Ian Ritchie will be one of five contributors giving a 20min talk interrogating the future of textiles through describing their work and ideas. It will be followed by the launch party. Carole Collet, Course Director MA Textile Futures at the University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins College, is leading this initiative.
www.csm.arts.ac.uk; www.textilefutures.co.uk; www.tfrg.org.uk

ICA Textile Futures
Oxford Brookes Lecture

Ian Ritchie will be giving the final lecture out of series of eleven lectures in the ‘Dreamers + Makers’ series.
The lecture series is organized by OxArch, the Oxford Student Architecture Society. This year they are welcoming a mix of architects, engineers artists and other professionals.

Oxford Brookes Lecture
Landmark Wales

We have been selected to submit a design entry in the competition for Holyhead Harbour. Construction budgets range from £1 million to £2.5 million, and the phase one Landmark Wales projects are at Holyhead Harbour, the Second Severn Crossing and on the Flintshire border.

Landmark Wales
Staff: Godofredo Pereira

Godofredo Pereira, from Portugal, joined our office.

Staff: Godofredo Pereira
Sculptural Seat

A unique stainless steel sculptural seat, designed for a private client and fabricated by John Desmond Ltd with assistance from Barnshaws and Windsor Workshop. The seat has recently been installed in a private park alongside other sculptures by Frink, Chadwick and Pye.

Sculptural Seat
Hammersmith & City Line

The major load bearing trusses spanning across the tracks of the Central Line at White City were successfully placed and enable the construction of the Hammersmith & City Line Wood Lane station to proceed apace. This new station, opposite the BBC, is another public transport facility that we have designed, and will make a significant contribution to tube travel in West London. It is the first new London tube station since the Jubilee Line was extended during the 1990s (Bermondsey Station).

Hammersmith & City Line
LUL Central Line Sidings

After several years in design and construction, the TfL LUL Sidings for the overnight garaging of sixteen Central Line trains was handed over. This project forms part of the major public infrastructure works which enables the development of Whitecity and improves public transport for London. Waterman Group provided engineering design services and Multiplex constructed the buildings.

LUL Central Line Sidings
St Olave’s Hotel

We submitted, on behalf of Berkeley Homes, a detailed planning application for the transformation of the Grade II Lambeth College building near Tower Bridge, Southwark, into a ‘bijou’ hotel.

St Olave’s Hotel
Potters Fields, Tower Bridge

Site preparation works commenced for the first phase of the Potters Fields development.

Potters Fields, Tower Bridge