RIBA, Stirling Wilford Exhibition

RIBA, Stirling Wilford Exhibition

An exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), featured 11 major projects plus competition entries of architectural practice James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates. The aim of the exhibition design was to communicate the architecture in such a way that it would not be elitist.

The exhibition concept stemmed from the logic and geometry of the building designs and the playfulness of the architects’ execution. At the same time, it created a deliberate contrast to the Thirties architecture of the RIBA building, with two orange “reptiles” signalling a modern and temporary intrusion. Sketches, drawings and schematic explanations were presented in a layered display on tilted purple walls which surrounded the entire exhibition, providing continuity through three separate exhibition spaces. The promotional graphics included posters, invitation cards, exhibition packs and a catalogue.

Client information

Stirling Wilford

Over a period of 30 years the practice of James Stirling and Michael Wilford has designed numerous highly acclaimed buildings including the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, the Clore Gallery at the Tate, No1 Poultry in the City of London and the Lowry Centre in Walsall.

RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects is a professional membership organisation and aims to advance architecture by demonstrating benefit to society and promoting excellence in the profession.

The organisation's HQ is in a fine Grade II-listed 1930s building, designed by Grey Wornum, at the junction of Portland Place and Weymouth Street in London W1.

The building houses an extensive architecture bookshop, a café with outdoor terrace, galleries hosting exhibitions, lecture theatres for talks, and is home to one of the finest architectural libraries in the world.