The Bartlett School of Architecture


Ian Ritchie – Bartlett International Lecture Series

30 October 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre north façade. Photographer: Grant Smith

This event is free.

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


Christopher Ingold Auditorium
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

This event is free and open to all. No booking is required, but please arrive early to guarantee your place.

Designing with the Mind, in Mind and Music

Lecturer's Abstract

Ian gives an overview of the research and design approach to the Sainsbury Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL, and the Royal Academy of Music’s new opera and musical theatre and recital hall. The illustrated lecture will include two short films and a hint at Ian's notion of non-linear beauty – a characteristic he tries to achieve in his practice’s architecture. 


Ian Ritchie is founding director of an architectural practice that has received over 100 national and international awards. Previously, he was a co-founder of Rice Francis Ritchie, a design engineering practice based in Paris. 

Ian is a Royal Academician and elected member of the Akademie der Künste. He has been an Honorary Visiting Professor of Architecture at Liverpool University; Fellow of the Society of Façade Engineering; Emeritus Commissioner CABE and an adviser to Backstage Trust. Recently he was advisor to The Ove Arup Foundation, the Director of the Centre for Urban Science and Progress NYU, and to the President of Columbia University on the Manhattanville masterplan. 

Ian has chaired many international juries including the RIBA Stirling Prize, the RIAS Doolan Award, Berlin Art Prize, Czech Architecture Grand Prix Jury and the French government’s 'Nouveaux Jeunes Albums'. He continues to lecture globally, has written several books, including poetry, and his art is held in several international galleries and museums.

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Image: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre north façade. Photographer: Grant Smith