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Competitions

We were shortlisted for competitions in Dresden and Hamburg. We are working with our sister offices in each city respectively.

Competitions
AIB Headquarters

A successful High Court legal action was brought against Dublin Docklands Development Corporation resulting in the 40,000m2 AIB HQ being cancelled as it was about to go to construction phase.

AIB Headquarters
Wood Lane Station

Wood Lane Station on the Hammersmith & City Line opposite the BBC will be opening this month. The design team was led by Gordon Talbot with Anthony Summers, Mark Bagguley, Stefan Lengen, Gordon Swapp, and Jim Corbett.

Wood Lane Station
poïesis in architecture

Ian Ritchie Architects exhibition "poïesis in architecture" at Liverpool University opened with party on 2nd October and to the public from 3rd October and will run until January 16th 2009.

poïesis in architecture
Ian Ritchie Liverpool University Lecture

Ian Ritchie will be delivering a lecture at Liverpool University in the evening of Wednesday, December 3rd 2008.

Ian Ritchie Liverpool University Lecture
Dublin

Mountbrook Homes have appointed us to prepare designs for a major development in Dublin.

Dublin
Chichester Festival Theatre

We have been appointed to prepare a feasibility study on the refurbishment and potential expansion of the Grade II* Powell and Moya designed Chichester Festival Theatre.

Chichester Festival Theatre
Lambeth College Hotel

Following a successful public inquiry, Berkeley Homes were granted planning permission to convert the Lambeth College building by Tower Bridge into a ‘boutique’ hotel, maintaining Ian Ritchie Architects’ 100% record in securing planning permission for every project that it has designed and submitted for permission in the UK and Europe.

Lambeth College Hotel
New Staff; April – August 2008

Paul Byrne graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1997. He joined the practice in April 2008 on his return from Hong Kong and Australia.

Laurenz Müller graduated from TU Dresden and completed a Masters at TUDelft, Netherlands in 2007 and joined us in July 2008 having previously worked on projects in Porto, Portugal.

Erik Havadi graduated from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2003 and also gained a Masters at TU Delft in 2004. He joined the practice in August 2008 and has been working in London for the past three years, prior to which he was based in Antwerp and Amsterdam.

New Staff; April – August 2008
RCE 1851

Ian has been member of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851’s selection panel for its Research Fellowships in The Built Environment for the past few years and, also since 2006, its Research Fellowships in Design. The 2008 Research Fellowships is currently being reviewed by the panel of Alan Baxter, Dr Joanna Kennedy, Lord Lindley and Ian. The Research Fellowships are worth £60,000 over two years.

RCE 1851
RSC

Ian Ritchie and Jocelyne Van den Bossche will be participating in the RSC International Council Meeting 10-12 September in Stratford - upon - Avon.

RSC
USA Columbia University

Ian Ritchie will again be contributing to President Lee Bollinger’s Manhattanville Ad Hoc Committee in October and November which is critically reflecting upon the evolving Renzo Piano’s Masterplan which was commissioned by Columbia University for its significant expansion north into Manhattanville, a neighbourhood bordered on the south by Morningside Heights on the west by the Hudson River, on the east by Harlem and on the north by Hamilton Heights.

USA Columbia University
Scotland Lectures

Ian Ritchie will be giving lectures in Scotland - at Aberdeen University and Edinburgh University during the coming academic year.

Scotland Lectures
USA Lecture

Forthcoming lectures being given by Ian Ritchie include the annual key note lecture at USC Los Angeles.
"This Land is OUR Land... GREENING Architecture, Ethics and the Environment"

A Key-Note Lecture exploring the pioneering work of our practice and to provoke meaningful reflection among USC students and professionals.It will be given in the USC Boavard Auditorium to an audience of 1200 on January 21st 2009.

USA Lecture
New Projects
Dublin, The Olympic Village, Football, St. Petersburg
New Projects
Staff: Jan Braker, Umut Yamac and Lay Mon

Jan Braker
After ten years with us, Jan Braker has returned to his home city of Hamburg to help lead a new young practice. Jan will continue to help us on North House project. Jan’s last project was to oversee the office extension and new workshop facilities, while monitoring Umut Yamac.

Umut Yamac
Umut is returning to the Bartlett UCL after being offered the chance to do a Masters. He completed the workshop project under the guidance of Jan Braker enabling him to complete his Part III.

Lay Mon
Lay Mon, after five years with us, is moving to a smaller practice where she will have more opportunities to engage with the building process more directly enabling her to be better prepared for her Part III.

We wish them all every success.

Staff: Jan Braker, Umut Yamac and Lay Mon
Liverpool Exhibition

Poïesis in Architecture
This exhibition captures the essence from 20 international projects of Ian Ritchie Architects through poetry, drawing, photography, models, components, materials and books. The exhibition is at the University of Liverpool, Department of Architecture, Leverhulme Building, Abercromby Square from 3rd October 2008 to 16th January 2009. Opening night party is 2nd October.

Liverpool Exhibition
Purfleet Thames Gateway

Purfleet, Cory’s Wharf, a 700 metre long Thames-side mixed use development, was granted Reserved Matters Approval by the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation. The approved scheme, which we have designed for Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd., and consists of extensive public landscape and play areas, and a riverside walk surrounding buildings from 3 storeys to 18 storeys tall which contain 502 residential units and 1398 square meters A1 / A3 use.

A related full planning application proposing a further 157 residential units at the eastern end of the site is expected to be decided by the Development Corporation in the very near future.

Purfleet Thames Gateway
King Solomon Academy Westminster

Site works have commenced on this project which is scheduled to be largely completed by September 2010 for a construction cost of £17million. 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.

King Solomon Academy Westminster
Wood Lane Underground Station

The station, on the Hammersmith & City Line opposite the BBC’s main entrance, is now in its final weeks of construction and is schedule to open to the public this autumn. It makes extensive use of stainless steel for the walls and gold anodised aluminium for platform and ticket hall ceilings. The design team has been led by Gordon Talbot, with Mark Baggueley and Stefan Lengen with Waterman Burrow Crocker. The contractor is Costains.

Wood Lane Underground Station
Shakespeare Avon Bridge

Press Releases from Ian Ritchie Architects and Warwickshire County Council

Shakespeare Avon Bridge
The Visiting Professors in Building Engineering Physics

Ian Ritchie Architects helped launch this initiative in 2006 alongside The Ove Arup Foundation, The Happold Trust, Hoare Lea, DSSR, and The Royal Academy of Engineering.

It is a programme that is proving itself very successful at the first three universities to receive this sponsorship - Cambridge, Bristol and Sheffield. The programme will expand to further universities this year and over the next few years.

This industry led initiative seeks to direct bright engineers to consider building services as a career option. It achieves this through interaction with senior industrial practitioners who are appointed as Visiting Professors at universities. Each uses their knowledge, skills and experience to inspire, develop and deliver course material, mentor project work, provide careers advice and involve themselves in other related activities at their host university. The initiative has a particular emphasis on achieving sustainability in the built environment, and seeks through a holistic approach to foster a clear understanding of energy efficiency and the key interdisciplinary relationships between engineering systems, envelope and structure, that are at the heart of sustainable building performance and architecture.

Further information on this initiative can be obtained from ian.bowbrick@raeng.org.uk

The Visiting Professors in Building Engineering Physics
RA Summer Exhibition

Ian Ritchie will be exhibiting four etchings at the RA Summer Exhibition 2008: Wood Lane Station, London Underground’s new station on the Hammersmith & City Line; The Pearl of The Gulf Monument; A New Anfield Stadium; Oranmore Lands.

Karl Singporewala has had his work ‘portentous Progressions’ selected for the exhibition. This is the second year running that his work has been accepted.

RA Summer Exhibition
UK AIA 2008 Awards

Ian Ritchie Architects have won a UK AIA Award for the RSC Courtyard Theatre. The awards were announced 8th May at the Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London.

UK AIA 2008 Awards
Potter’s Fields Press Statement

Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd have issued the following Press Statement:

"From the outset of the project, Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd has always worked closely and constructively with Berkeley Homes. The scheme offers housing, both private and affordable, eleven thousand square metres of public space of which eight thousand square metres is for cultural use such as museums or galleries while ensuring that the entire ground level forms a permeable and public extension to Potter’s Fields Park through to the riverside walk…

Potter’s Fields Press Statement
Dublin Bank HQ

Ian Ritchie Architects have been successful in a limited invited competition for the design competition of a significant HQ office development on the north bank of the River Liffey. As a result, our client, Royceton has been able to secure the development of the new Allied Irish Bank HQ building in Dublin. It represents the largest ever letting agreement in Ireland.

Dublin Bank HQ
Trip to Athens

Ian Ritchie Architects’ annual ‘works outing’ is to Athens in March to look at the effect that hosting the Olympic Games has on a city, and to the Athletes’ Village in connection with our commission from Bovis Lend Lease for the London Olympics.

Trip to Athens
Lectures

Ian Ritchie will give the RIBA West Midlands lecture on European Second Cities on Tuesday 4th March in Birmingham.
He will also give a lecture at the Birmingham School of Architecture on Thursday 13th March.
Ian is also lecturing to students from the Politecnico de Milano at our office on 15th March.

Lectures
RA Breakfast – From Russia

Ian Ritchie Architects will have a breakfast viewing in March of the Royal Academy exhibition From Russia.

RA Breakfast – From Russia
Lecture to Friends of Blackheath Halls Architecture Group

Synopsis: Values in Architecture

Ian Ritchie CBE RA, the Royal Academy’s Professor of Architecture and Director of Ian Ritchie Architects explores and challenges the meanings of some of the complex and contradictory issues that confront designers today such as progress, consumerism and sustainability. He will include examples of how his architecture and ideas attempt to focus these issues through the physical and ephemeral materials with which his architecture is made.

Lecture to Friends of Blackheath Halls Architecture Group
RSC Courtyard Theatre BPA at MIPIM

The RSC Courtyard Theatre was commended in the Client Satisfaction category at the Building Performance Awards at MIPIM 2008.

RSC Courtyard Theatre BPA at MIPIM
New Bus Shelters

Ian Ritchie Architects have been selected to compete for the design of Transport for London’s new generation of bus shelters. Designs will be submitted by nine teams - two are architectural firms, and the other six industrial design companies.

New Bus Shelters
Liverpool Exhibition 2008

Ian Ritchie Architects will be creating an exhibition of their work at Liverpool University. It will run during October and November 2008 while Liverpool is European City of Culture. Professor Neil Jackson will be helping to facilitate the exhibition.

Liverpool Exhibition 2008