View from Central Park including the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, Savoy-Plaza Hotel and the Squibb Building, New York. Ralph Deakin / RIBA Library Photographs Collection Balcony Bridge, Central Park, New York (c. 1860s) RIBA Library Photographs Collection

The British Architectural Library Trust (BALT), a 501 (c) (3) registered not-for-profit organisation, was formalized in 2013 to support the cultural programme of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

With the help of our generous American Friends, we are able to support one of the world’s greatest architectural collections, including research, cataloguing, conservation and digitization, and promote collaborations between the RIBA and American institutions through cultural activities in the US, including exhibitions, educational programs and scholarly exchanges.

The impetus for founding the American Friends was boosted by the extraordinary success of Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey. This RIBA exhibition traced Palladio’s impact on the architecture of the United States through rarely seen original Palladio drawings and a number of books from the RIBA’s collections, alongside specially commissioned architectural models by Timothy Richards. During 2010/11, the exhibition was shown in New York, Washington, Indiana and Pittsburgh. Watch a series of short films on the exhibition made by the National Building Museum.

BALTrust Board of Directors

  • Theodore R. Gamble Jr, Chair
  • Anne Kriken Mann, Vice Chair
  • Edward M. Williams, Secretary
  • Frederick A. Bland, Treasurer
  • Emilie de Brigard
  • Fred W. Clarke
  • Melissa Del Vecchio
  • Kent Jackson
  • Debra Lehman Smith
  • Andrew Whalley
  • Buzz Yudell

Directors Emeriti

  • A. Eugene Kohn
  • John W. Spurdle


  • Lawrence F. Gilberti

Trust Advisory Council

  • Berry G. Bergdoll, Meyer Shapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University
  • Mosette Broderick, Professor of Art History, New York University

Executive Assistant to the Board

  • Wayne Chen