Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a professional body established for architects from Britain and around the world. The organisation was formed in 1834 by several renowned architects such as Thomas Leverton Donaldson, Thomas de Grey, John Buonarotti Papworth and Phillip Hardwick and was originally called the Institute of British Architects based in London. Currently boasting over forty thousand members, the institute’s headquarters are in Portland Place in London although there are several regional quarters around the world.
The most famous facility here is the library. The library at the Royal Institute of British Architects has well over four million items and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important architectural libraries. The library’s vast collection includes numerous periodicals and books, photographs and drawings. The RIBA library is open to everyone. Although the library generally opens by 10 am, closing hours vary on different days. The library is also closed on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. To avoid disappointment it is generally best to call before going over to visit the library.
In addition to the library, the institute also puts on exhibitions from time to time. One can find out more about the RIBA’s exhibits, dates and timings on their official website. The RIBA’s Information Centre is a one stop place to settle all questions related to architecture. The centre contains a wealth of information on how to choose an architect, settling on a design style for a home and plenty of other questions that one may choose to ask. The centre can also put visitors in touch with consultants and expert advisers on matters pertaining to architecture. While usage of this facility is usually free, non-members maybe charged a fee for inquiries that involved detailed research.
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