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King Solomon Academy

King Solomon Academy in Westminster was completed. The final phase was the refurbishment of the Leonard Mannaseh school building.

King Solomon Academy
Royal Academy of Music

We have been invited to undertake a feasibility study into transforming The Academy's Sir Jack Lyons Theatre which was opened in 1976. The Theatre, which currently seats 230, is used for opera, jazz and media music as well as some chamber music performances. The study will take place early in 2010.

Royal Academy of Music
RIAS Hon Fellow

Ian Ritchie was unanimously elected by the RIAS Council an Honorary Fellow.

RIAS Hon Fellow
Liverpool University

Ian Ritchie delivered a lecture on Light, his first as Honorary Visiting Professor, and was followed by a master class with third year students.

Liverpool University
Competitions

Competition entry for Dance 4 Nottingham; East Renfrewshire and Midlothian Council joint Schools Project; TfL Bermondsey Station overdevelopment, London; Royal Victoria Dock Pedestrian Link, London.

Competitions
Sainsbury Centre

Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (SCVA) at UEA in Norwich has appointed Ian Ritchie to oversee the last phase of the refurbishment. Ian was the project architect while working at Foster Associates until 1976. The centre opened in 1978, since when two further additions have been made to the building.

Sainsbury Centre
New Lights

We have designed a new wall light 'Livis' and a linear pendant light 'Linis' for the North House project. Both are being manufactured by Prolumena.

New Lights
Erik Havadi

Erik Havadi obtained his Masters in Scenography from Laban.

Erik Havadi
RIAS Doolan Awards

Ian Ritchie, along with Professor Andy McMillan, Professor Kathryn Findlay and the RIAS president David Dunbar judged Scotland's most prestigious architectural award, the Doolan Award, worth £25,000. The winner was the Small Animal Hospital, Glasgow, with the presentation taking place at the Scottish Parliament. Ian Ritchie gave a keynote lecture on "Innovation and Collaboration" at a symposium 'Architect & Engineer' in the context of the new Aalto University, Helsinki. Aalto University is created through a merger between the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Helsinki University of Technology, which will start operating on the 1st of January 2010.

RIAS Doolan Awards
Competitions

Institute of Food Research John Innes Centre, Norwich.

Competitions
Aalto University

Ian Ritchie gave a keynote lecture on "Innovation and Collaboration" at a symposium ´Architect & Engineer´ in the context of the new Aalto University, Helsinki. Aalto University is created through a merger between the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Helsinki University of Technology, which will start operating on the 1st of January 2010.

Aalto University
Sainsbury Welcome Centre at UCL

Following a rigorous public procurement process over several months, we emerged as the winning architects selected to lead the design for The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL.

Sainsbury Welcome Centre at UCL
Competitions

Shortlisted with Ulrike Brandi Licht to design Christmas Illuminations for the avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris; University of London School for Speech and Drama.

Competitions
Wood Lane Station Awards

Wood Lane Station has been shortlisted for the Institute of Structural Engineers Award for Transportation Structures 2009

Wood Lane Station Awards
Liverpool 1

A critical review by Ian Ritchie was published in Architecture Today, Issue AT200 August 2009.

Liverpool 1
Wood Lane Station Awards

Wood Lane Station has been shortlisted for:

  • National Transport Awards 2009 'Rail Station of the Year'
  • The British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards and the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award 2009
Wood Lane Station Awards
RSC Courtyard Theatre

The Courtyard Theatre has been shortlisted for a RICS National Award 2009.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Liverpool University Hon Professor

Ian Ritchie has been conferred the title of Honorary Visiting Professor to the School of Architecture by the University of Liverpool.

Liverpool University Hon Professor
Wood Lane Station – award

Wood Lane Station has been awarded the 2009 ROSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety to the construction manager Costain and their team.

Wood Lane Station – award
Wood Lane Station

NLA Major London Issues exhibition is an evolving display including seminars, lectures and debates highlighting key issues facing London in 2009 with a monthly focus on the following 12 sectors; Energy, Public Realm, Housing, Conservation, Work Place, Education, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Water, Environment, Hotels and Retail.

The exhibition opened at the beginning of April 2009. Wood Lane Station will feature from June in the Infrastructure Sector, which will supported by specific events in October 2009.

The Building Centre
26 Store Street
London WC1E 7BT
www.newlondonarchitecture.org
Free entry

Wood Lane Station
Dylon Development

Our design for a mixed use development at the old Dylon Factory in Bromley will be exhibited to the public on 9th May at the site near Lower Sydenham railway station. It will be submitted for planning permission later this month.

Dylon Development
RICS Awards

The RSC Courtyard Theatre was awarded the RICS Community Benefit Award and shortlisted for its Sustainability Award.

RICS Awards
Lectures

Ian Ritchie gave one of the talks at the RIAS Annual Convention held in Dundee. He focussed upon Innovation, a great Scottish tradition, and the challenges faced in today's political and economic conditions.

Lectures
RIBA External Examiners

Gordon Talbot and Ian Ritchie will be undertaking RIBA External Examiner's roles this year at Greenwich Diploma School and Oxford Brookes' post-diploma Masters.

RIBA External Examiners
Merrion Road, Dublin

Our designs for a significant mixed use development in Dublin will be submitted for planning permission in June 2009.

Merrion Road, Dublin
Wood Lane Tube Station

The project has been shortlisted for a RIBA Award.

Wood Lane Tube Station
People

Stefan Lengen has joined Mark Bagguley, who left last month, to work on a project in Vienna, Austria with CRAB Architects, led by Peter Cook.

People
Hamburg

We submitted our entry (1 of 14) for the Magdeburger Hafen competition in Hamburg for a project consisting of three buildings forming an urban block including a new headquarters for Greenpeace Germany, DesignXport, and housing. We collaborated with Max Fordham LLP, Ulrike Brandi Licht and with our 'sister' office in Hamburg, Jan Braker of blp Architekten to develop a new environmental office building typology.

Hamburg
Dresden

Collaborating with our 'sister' office in Leipzig, we completed our submission for the Dresden Cultural Palace which consists of a new 1800 seat concert hall and a smaller one, together with a new library. This is housed in a listed early 60's building, for which the authorities wish to retain the facades and roofline.

Dresden
Chichester Cultural Olympiad

We have been invited by Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester University and Chichester District Council to prepare a feasibility study to include the creation of an outdoor amphitheatre, and the refurbishment and additions to Oaklands Park House into a centre for theatre, leadership and research.

Chichester Cultural Olympiad
Merrion Rd, Dublin

Following successful pre-planning presentations, Mountbrook have instructed us to proceed with the planning application of a 52,00m2 mixed-use development in Dublin. The design concept is an architecture of urban landscape which, while accepting the verticality of urban buildings, expands the idea of the flow of landscape through the site.

Merrion Rd, Dublin
Zebede Gekko

A second prototype of our desk lamp has been manufactured in Germany. It has been designed and engineered in collaboration with Ulrike Brandi Licht and Hamburg Licht. Production is now anticipated in September.

Zebede Gekko
People

After many years with the practice, Mark Bagguley is leaving to work on a project based in Austria, and Paul Byrne after a year back in the UK, has decided to return to Australia with his wife in order to seek out new opportunities.

People
Turville Sun

We have recently designed and installed a large stainless steel sculpture named Turville Sun. It is based upon the geometric arrangement of an equatorial sundial, with time marking on the gnomon.

Turville Sun
Purfleet Housing

Taylor Wimpey has sold the 6 hectare site to Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

Purfleet Housing
Lectures 1st / 2nd Q 2009

Ian will give an Annual Lecture in the 1200 seat Bovard Hall at the University of Southern California USC Arts & Humanities, School of Architecture on the 21st January at 7pm entitled 'This Land is OUR Land, Greening Architecture, Ethics and the Environment.' An illustrated on-line download will be available on our website from 26th January in the 'writings' section.

Ian will also lecture in Scotland at:

  • Edinburgh University on the 27th February, 6pm
  • Aberdeen University on the 18th March, 6.30pm
  • RIAS Annual Conference keynote speech at Dundee University on the 15th May

Gordon Talbot will give a lecture on the 26th March at Lincoln University.

Lectures 1st / 2nd Q 2009