The Royal Institute of British Architects is calling for expressions of interests to refurbish its Grade II* listed headquarters at 66 Portland Place in London.


The body is inviting RIBA Chartered Practices to submit their Expressions of Interest – outlining their approach, relevant skills, team roles, case studies and references for the design and planning of a complete refurbishment of its headquarters at 66 Portland Place – by 2pm on 1 February 2022.

RIBA President Simon Allford said the institution was looking for a “rejuvenated home, fit for the present and the future”. The competition brief calls for a lead architect to develop design options, costs and feasibility studies for the full renovation of the Grade II* building to create a headquarters that is fully accessible and exemplar of sustainable design. “The building will be a physical stage for our ‘House of Architecture’ concept – a space where members, visitors and RIBA colleagues can find inspiration, stimulation and make connections,” he said.

Allford will head up a panel to shortlist six teams and select an overall winner. Each shortlisted team will each receive £5,000 + VAT.

Also on the panel will be RIBA Board member and Honorary Treasurer Simone de Gale, RIBA Head of Estates & Facilities Liam McConnell, RIBA Board member (Business & Enterprise) Murray Orr, Chair of the RIBA Board Jack Pringle, RIBA Board member (Heritage) MaryAnne Stevens, RIBA Chief Executive Alan Vallance and Sarah Williams, RIBA Architect Adviser.

Williams said RIBA was seeking an “exemplary refurbishment”. She added: “It’s critically important that we ensure its continuation, relevance and legacy for future generations.”