This summer, The American Friends of the British Architectural Library and RIBA Patrons come together for the first time in London. We hope you will join us for a three day series of exclusive tours surrounding the Summer Dinner.

Day one A Tour of RIBA & its collections

Wednesday 25 June 2014, 11.30am – 3.30pm

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

On day one, we will tour 66 Portland Place, the Grade II listed Art Deco building and home to the RIBA and British Architectural Library. This will be followed by a light lunch and an exclusive viewing of highlights from our world class collections.

RIBA © Philip Vile

Day two – A Special Invitation to Folly Farm

Thursday 26 June 2014, 8.15am – 2.30pm (including travel)

Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, RG7 4DG

The owners have generously invited American Friends and Patrons to visit Folly Farm, their private residence and an exceptional example of classical and Arts and Craft architecture, extensively re-modelled by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The gardens, laid out in 1912 by Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, have recently been re-planted by English garden designer Dan Pearson. RIBA’s Chief Curator Charles Hind will lead us on a tour of the house and garden with refreshments in between.

Sulhamstead Hill
Sulhamstead Hill © Will Pryce

Summer Dinner

Thursday 26 June, 7.00 – 11.00pm

66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Join Harry Rich, Chief Executive for our highlight of the year: the Summer Dinner. Welcome drinks will be held exclusively in the beautiful surrounds of the British Architectural Library, at the heart of the RIBA and its collections, followed by dinner at the top of the building overlooking the London skyline.

The British Architectural Library at RIBA
The British Architectural Library at RIBA © Philip Vile

Day three – An “escape to the country”: Great Dixter and Brickwall

Friday 27 June, 9.00am – 5.30pm  (including travel) 

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH & Brickwall House & Gardens, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6NL

Brickwall is an impressive 17th Century timber-framed house surrounded by a wonderful Stuart garden. Great Dixter dates back to 1460, and was restored by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1900s when the house was owned by Nathanial Lloyd OBE, FRIBA. His son, the gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd, planted the garden. Join RIBA’s Chief Curator Charles Hind as we tour each house and garden, with Victoria Williams, Administrative and Conservation Director and Fergus Garrett, CEO and Head Gardener at Great Dixter.

Great Dixter
Great Dixter © Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection


Cost for the three days are: UK Patrons £250 (individual) / £500 (couple) US $450 (individual) / $900 (couple)

For further details please contact Emily de Vismes: or +44 207 307 3689