A NEW architectural learning space is set to open on 29 October 2019, in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) central London landmark building.
The RIBA Clore Learning Centre, designed by architects Hayhurst & Co, aims to be a hub for hands-on, creative activities for a range of audiences, from children and families to lifelong learners. The centre has been made possible by a grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation.
Speaking about the new centre, RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “The RIBA has long understood the importance of helping everyone to engage with architecture and the built environment and the role they can play in shaping it.
“It’s great that our established learning programme, including workshops for children and adults, will be enhanced with this new dedicated learning space. We are enormously grateful to the Clore Duffield Foundation for their vision and generous grant which are making this possible.”
Gillian Wolfe CBE, Chair of the RIBA Public Education Committee: “The new Clore Learning Centre marks a radical enhancement in the RIBA’s ability to deliver learning activities to general public. It will enable a huge expansion of its existing programmes of active creative design-based education to intrigue and enrich the understanding of our built environment.”
The new 365m2 space is being created on the 4th floor of RIBA’s Grade II* Art Deco building. Including an outside learning terrace, it features a studio, showcase space and study, designed as a series of adaptable areas that can be used in different ways for the RIBA’s diverse audiences. It is designed to enable an active learning experience through creative making and sharing.
The RIBA learning programme offers opportunities for people to explore and question the built environment. It supports learners of all ages and experiences in understanding how the spaces and places in which they live, learn, work and play come to be. Inspired by architects past and present and by RIBA’s collection of more than four million items, the programmes encourage learners to think critically and test the bounds of their creativity.