25th May 2004




The University of Lincoln is the new home for some of the biggest names in architecture.


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has relocated its east midlands office to the city.  Previously located in Nottingham, the regional office represents more than 1,000 architects practising in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, as well as student members.


The RIBA’s decision to relocate its regional office to the university will help to establish stronger links between architects and education.


The regional office makes a major contribution to debate about the built environment across the east midlands with a prestigious awards scheme and by providing advice about all the work that architects do.


“The RIBA has long been established as an important point of contact for matters relating to regional architects and architecture,” said Gwen Cottrell, Regional Director of RIBA East Midlands.  “Our move into the city of Lincoln, and to the very heart of vibrant and enterprising regional regeneration, will reinforce all we do.


“We are very enthusiastic about our new location right alongside students of architecture and related courses, within the acclaimed contemporary new architecture building, which is shortlisted for a RIBA award.


“The relocation of the regional office will enhance the close links that the school already has with the profession,” said Professor John Chilton, Head of the School of Architecture. “One of the benefits is that our architecture students will be introduced to the RIBA right from the start of their careers and they will be able to obtain advice and support about professional matters on their doorstep.”


The University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture moved from Hull to Lincoln last year.  The £10m building was designed by internationally renowned architect Rick Mather.


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Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

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