Conference dinner – Monday 21st September 2020

All delegates are invited to a London Swinging 60’s themed Conference dinner which will be held on Monday 21st September 2020.

The dinner is not to be missed and will provide an excellent opportunity for networking with colleagues. Your purchased ticket includes a 3-course sit down meal, wine and a live band.

We are also offering 20 lucky people the chance to take a guided tour of RIBA which will take place before the conference dinner.

18:30 – 19:00: RIBA guided tour

Spaces are very limited and offered on a first come, first served basis!

Take a guided tour of our Grade II* headquarters to learn about the history and design of our landmark building. Led by a team of dedicated tour guides – architects, architecture students and professional educators – our building tours offer a unique insight into the architecture profession and the RIBA’s role in championing great architecture.

19:00 – 19:30: Drinks reception

19:30 – 23:00: Dinner and dance

Tickets cost £75 inc VAT per person and spaces are limited to 200

The cost of the conference dinner is borne by the delegates attending and has not been subsidised by the sponsors.

The RIBA tour & Conference dinner tickets can be purchased during registration and are offered on a first come, first served basis so book yours now! You are welcome to book for guests which can be done during registration.

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The History of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

No 66 Portland Place was designed by George Grey Wornum. He was the winner of the competition to design the new headquarters for the RIBA, which attracted submissions from 284 entrants. Building work commenced in mid-1933 and completed in time for RIBA’s 100th anniversary, enabling a move out of the overcrowded conditions at the former headquarters, 9 Conduit Street, London (now Sketch).

At a time of heated debate about what architectural style we should be using and during an economic downturn, Wornum’s building opened on time and on a reduced budget. The feedback was positive. He had successfully combined Classical and Modernist elements, and provided the Institute and its members a completed building fit for purpose and adaptable to changing needs.

Wornum worked with a range of artists and craftsmen to create the decoration in the interiors and on the facade. Many of these details carry symbolic significance, for example the main entrance is flanked by two bronze doors depicting ‘London’s river and its buildings’. There are also references to the British Empire, reflecting the idea that in 1934 the RIBA was a focal point for architecture in the Empire. In 1970 the building was Grade II* listed, one of the first ‘modern’ buildings to be listed to recognise its unique architectural qualities.

The 6-storey, steel framed building faced in Portland stone (the two upper floors were added in 1958) contains a series of spaces which vary in size and function. The building survived World War II unscathed and has only experienced minor modifications since the addition. The most recent change has been the creation of the Architecture Gallery on the ground floor, opened in 2014.