AT STROMNESS LIBRARY FROM JULY TO OCTOBER 2018
Warehouse Buildings, 2 -12 Victoria Street Monday
IN AID OF THE JOHN RAE SOCIETY, ORKNEY
About Ian Ritchie:
Ian Ritchie CBE RA is an architect, writer, poet and expresses his art not only through his practice’s architecture, but personally through monotypes and etchings.
He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1998 and to the Akademie der Künste in 2013. In 2000 he was awarded a CBE and in 2000 became the sole foreign architect to receive the French Academie d’Architecture Grand Silver Medal for Innovation, and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers Millennium Award.
The monotypes are made in Edinburgh at Barbara Rae’s studio, and their friendship led Ian to go with Barbara to the Arctic in 2016 and introduced him to the John Rae Society. [ Barbara Rae is having exhibitions in London, Edinburgh and Stromness (Pier Gallery) in 2018 on the theme of the Arctic.] His monotypes and etchings have been shown widely, and each year since 1998 at the Royal Academy of Arts London.
In 1981 he created both Ian Ritchie Architects in London and co-founded the design engineering firm Rice Francis Ritchie (RFR) in Paris. Before he left RFR in 1990, the practice had been responsible for major projects in Paris including the Bioclimatic Facades at la Villette Cité des Sciences and the Louvre Pyramids and Sculpture Courts with I M Pei.
He leads one of the world’s leading innovative practices with a reputation for strategic thinking, environmental and ethical concerns, design quality and R&D with industry. His practice has won more than 80 awards, including the Iritecna Prize for Europe and the Commonwealth Association of Architects Award for the Advancement of Architecture, and has been shortlisted four times for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Earlier this year their work at the Royal Academy of Music won the RIBA London Building of the Year, the RIBA and AJ National Awards.
His architectural practice has realised many landmark projects throughout Europe and the UK including the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art Glass Towers in Madrid, the Leipzig Glass Hall, EdF Pylons, the Dublin Spire, RSC Courtyard Theatre, Bermondsey and Wood Lane tube stations for London Underground. His most recent projects are the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Mercers Walk in Covent Garden, and the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera-Musical Theatre and Recital Hall in London.
Ian Ritchie devotes much time to education. He has been visiting professor at Leeds University School of Civil Engineering, TU Vienna, Moscow School of Architecture and taught at Sheffield University and the Architectural Association. He was Professor of Architecture at the RA Schools (2004-12) and is Visiting Professor at Liverpool University.
He regularly chairs international juries, including the RIBA Stirling Prize and Les Jeunes Albums France. He helped found CABE in 1999 after serving as a Royal Fine Art Commissioner, was a member of Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (2001-2011), sat on the European Construction Technology Platform (2005-2008), advised the President of Columbia University on its Manhattanville Project, and the Director of the CUSP at New York University. He is a former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (2000-17), advisor to the Ove Arup Foundation (2000-18) and is advisor to Backstage Trust (2012-).
Ritchie continues to lecture internationally on architecture, art, urbanism, regeneration, light, structures, glass technology and innovation at major venues and universities.