Preview of Creation From Catastrophe: How architecture rebuilds communities exhibition 26 January 2016

We would like to invite all American Friends to join us for the Patrons Private tour of our upcoming exhibition, Creation From Catastrophe: How architecture rebuilds communities on Tuesday 26th January at The Architecture Gallery in 66 Portland Place. The destruction of cities can present unique opportunities to radically rethink townscapes. Beginning with Christopher Wren’s plan for London after the Great Fire 350 years ago, this exhibition will examine the fragility of architecture, our relationship to nature, and the power of architects to instigate change. The Patrons tour will precede the official private view.

Please get in touch for more information and to register.

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NLE’s Makoko Floating School in Nigeria, Lagos 2012

An evening with Spitalfields Music and the Collections on 19 January 2016

We would like to invite all American Friends to join us for a special event with Spitalfields Music at the British Architectural Library in London on Tuesday 19th  January. This year’s event, which is part of a celebration of Spitalfields Music’s 40th anniversary, will include the choir singing songs of the 70s through to modern day and a display and discussion of objects from the Collection focusing on buildings such as the National Theatre which also is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Join us for an evening of wonderful sights and sounds to start the new year!

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Proposed Royal National Theatre and Opera House, South Bank, London, as seen from the river: elevational view of model by Denys Lasdun & Partners in 1960 © Lasdun Archive / RIBA Collections

 

Patrons Christmas Party on 8 December 2015

We would like to invite all American Friends to join us on Tuesday 8th December for the Patrons Christmas Party 2015. This year, Alan Leibowitz and Barbara Weiss invite us in to their Westminster home for the annual Christmas party. Originally an office building, the site has been completely rethought by Barbara – an architect – into a family home. Tours of the house are planned on the evening for those who wish to hear more about how the project came to fruition.

Barbara Weiss Architects ©  Paul Riddle
Barbara Weiss Architects © Paul Riddle

Fabulous AFBAL Fall Event 2015

Just one of the spectacular Central Park views from Dr Susan Weber's apartment
Just one of the spectacular Central Park views from Dr Susan Weber’s apartment

AFBAL Board Member, Dr. Susan Weber, graciously opened her spectacular upper west side apartment and hosted a wonderful party exclusively for The American Friends of the British Architectural Library on October 22nd.

The views inside and out were a delight with sweeping panoramas of Central Park and creative interiors boasting works including Philippe Starck design, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jens Risom furniture and beautiful adaptations by her architect and designer, David Mann of MR Architecture + Décor.

David was on hand to show our supporters around and explain how Susan’s art collection fit in with the overall scheme.

To ensure you don’t miss out on similar events, please join as a member.

Our Host, Dr. Susan Weber, and her architect and designer, David Mann of MR Architecture + Décor.
Our Host, Dr. Susan Weber, and her architect and designer, David Mann of MR Architecture + Décor.

Pear Tree House Visit on 4 November 2015

We would like to invite all American Friends to join us on Wednesday 4th November, as the RIBA Patrons are heading to Dulwich to view Pear Tree House which has been nominated for a RIBA Regional Award 2015. The group will be led around the home by owner and architect, Jake Edgley, to find out how an architect’s vision became a perfect home for his family.

Please get in touch for more information and to register.

If you are unable to attend this but have made travel plans to the UK before the end of the year, please do get in touch as there are other events which may be of interest.

Pear Tree House © Edgley Design
Pear Tree House © Edgley Design

RIBA Patrons Copenhagen Trip Launch Party in London 20 October 2015

The RIBA Patrons are launching their inaugural international trip to Copenhagen with an evening of Danish Design with Carl Hansen & Son and Louis Poulsen on October 20th in London.

Places are very limited for this trip which will be taking place from May 18th – 21st 2016.

Please register your interest with Rachel Isherwood at Rachel.Isherwood@riba.org or +44 207 307 3701.

AFBAL Fall Event on 22 October 2015

AFBAL Board member Dr. Susan Weber is generously opening her private apartment in New York to AFBAL supporters for a tour and reception with her architect, David Mann of MR Architecture + Décor, on Thursday 22nd October.

To have access to this wonderfully exclusive event, please join or renew your membership either using PayPal on our website or send a cheque addressed to Mr John Spurdle c/o The American Friends of the British Architectural Library, Inc. 515 Madison Avenue, Suite 2310, New York, NY 10022.

Explore the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 16 September 2015

We would like to invite all American Friends to join RIBA’s UK Patrons for a visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Information can be found below:

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Please join us for an after-hours private tour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which was designed by George Gilbert Scott and Matthew Digby Wyatt in 1868 as ‘a kind of national palace or drawing room for the nation’. Central to the new building was the India Office, with the exotic Durbar Court, first used for a reception for the Sultan of Turkey. The tour will be led by expert, Kate Crowe. Please get in touch for more information and to register.

If you are unable to attend this but have made travel plans to the UK for later in the year, please do get in touch as there are other events which may be of interest.

   The state stair in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Whitehall, London was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) and Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877) and was completed in 1868. © Richard Ingle / RIBA Library Photographs Collection.

The state stair in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Whitehall, London was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) and Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877) and was completed in 1868. © Richard Ingle / RIBA Library Photographs Collection.

Preview Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected exhibition on 8 September 2015

We would like to invite all American Friends to join RIBA’s UK Patrons for a private view of the Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected exhibition. Information can be found below:

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Please join us for a private preview tour of the upcoming Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected exhibition at RIBA’s HQ in 66 Portland Place, London. Focusing on contemporary architecture, this exhibition explores how the design principles of Andrea Palladio have been interpreted, copied, and reimagined across time and space. It includes previously unexplored works that bring out unexpected stories about the impact of his legacy. Join us for a joint curator-led tour prior to the official private view. Please get in touch for more information and to register.

If you are unable to attend this but have made travel plans to the UK for later in the year, please do get in touch as there are other events which may be of interest.

   A 1912 preliminary study of an elevation of a building with a domed rotunda, an octastyle portico and lateral wings designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944) in 1931 for the Viceroy's House in New Delhi, India. © RIBA Library Drawings Collection.
A 1912 preliminary study of an elevation of a building with a domed rotunda, an octastyle portico and lateral wings designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944) in 1931 for the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, India. © RIBA Library Drawings Collection.

Discover the real Downton Abbey on 30 July 2015

We would like to invite all American Friends to join RIBA’s UK Patrons for a visit to the wonderful and historic Highclere Castle – otherwise known as Downton Abbey. Information can be found below:

Thursday 30 July 2015

Please join us for an exclusive tour of Highclere Castle, before the public arrive, which will give us the privacy to explore the home of the Carnarvon family, latterly made famous by Downton Abbey. Lady Carnarvon will welcome us into the Saloon on arrival before we are guided on a tour of the Main State Rooms and Castle bedrooms. Please get in touch for more information and to register.

If you are unable to attend this but have made travel plans to the UK for later in the year, please do get in touch as there are other events which may be of interest.

Designs for remodelling the exterior of Highclere Castle, Hampshire, for the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon: perspective by Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860). Drawing by Thomas Allom (1804-1872). © RIBA Library Drawings Collection.
Designs for remodelling the exterior of Highclere Castle, Hampshire, for the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon: perspective by Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860). Drawing by Thomas Allom (1804-1872). © RIBA Library Drawings Collection.