In 2004 RIBA and the V&A opened the first museum gallery in the country dedicated to architecture in the UK. It provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the art, use and practice of architecture. On display are models, drawings and designs, and samples of materials, as well as photographs and fragments of buildings.
Video: Introduction to the V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery
Abraham Thomas, Curator of Designs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, introduces us to the RIBA Architecture gallery picking out some highlights and personal favourites. The V&A RIBA gallery is the Uk’s only permanent architecture gallery and is divided into three sections covering: designing and creating, function within building and style and aesthetics within architecture.
Guide to the Architecture Collections
This guide is a starting point to help you find what you need from the architecture collections of the V&A and RIBA Architecture Partnership. Architectural objects are housed in various places throughout these two institutions. This guide provides a short description of each location, accompanied by the kind of material you might find there.
Family Art Fun: Discovering Architecture Back-Pack
The back-pack is designed for children aged 7+ and will take families on a journey to learn about the work of architects through drawings, colour, connecting spaces, light and materials, and finally construct a model and design their own building.
Architecture in the Archive of Art & Design
The architecture collection in the Archive of Art and Design demonstrates a broad spectrum of styles, influences and interests amongst the architects it represents. For example, architect and president of the Royal Academy of Arts 1954, Alfred Edward Richardson, held a deep interest in the 18th century. This is represented in his archive which consists of many glass lantern slides depicting furniture, interiors and exteriors of buildings which mainly concentrate on the 18th century.
V&A + RIBA online workshops
The RIBA British Architectural Library and the V&A jointly possess the finest architectural archive in Europe, a free and publicly accessible learning resource for all. Our six online workshops are based on images and material drawn from the archive and can be used to explore our collections and different themes in architecture.
Teachers' resource: Explore design processes through the V&A and RIBA Architecture collections
This resource explains the design processes used in architecture and shows how they can inspire and facilitate other design projects. It draws on the V&A collections and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) archive of architectural drawings, manuscripts and models.