Ian Ritchie RA was born in Sussex in 1947. He studied at Liverpool John Moores University School of Archiecture in 1968, then at PCL, London (now University of Westminster) in 1972, graduating with a Diploma in Architecture with Distinction.
In 1981, Ritchie founded Ian Ritchie Architects. His 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 and Bermondsey and Wood Lane tube stations for London Underground.The practice has won more than 70 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.
Ritchie also devotes much of his time to education and lectures internationally on architecture, art, urbanism, regeneration and values, light, structures, glass technology and innovation. He has been visiting professor at Leeds University School of Civil Engineering and TU Vienna, and taught at Sheffield University, the Moscow School of Architecture and the Architectural Association. He was elected Professor of Architecture at the RA Schools (2004-12) and is currently Special Professor at Liverpool University.
Ritchie was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.
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