Lecture: The Royal Institute of British Architects

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, AL1 3XG

The RIBA was founded in 1834 for ‘the general advancement of Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of various arts and sciences connected therewith’. To further that purpose the RIBA cares for one of the largest and most diverse architectural collections in the world, known as the British Architectural Library. Over four million items together represent a unique body of knowledge that is rich and global in scope.

Alan Vallance is the Chief Executive of the RIBA. Based in London, he is responsible for running the peak chartered profession body for architects with 45,000 members in 115 countries around the world. Trained as a chartered accountant he has held a wide variety of roles in Europe and Australasia. He is a member of the UK Creative Industries Council which advises the UK government on major policy and initiatives for the UK’s creative industries. He is also a member of the UK Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board where he has oversight responsibility for the export of the UK’s architecture services.

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