Architecture for All is one of the biggest and most exciting projects ever undertaken by the RIBA. Forged in partnership with the V&A Museum this joint venture will boost access to the partners' world-class architectural collections and stimulate greater public understanding and engagement with architecture.At its heart the project will provide: For the RIBA Drawings and Manuscript Collections, which remain in the ownership of the RIBA, fine new facilities within the V&A, with the RIBA's own curators and the benefit of the museum's conservation expertise.
For students, architects and researchers, access to the combined resource of the RIBA's and V&A's drawings, manuscripts and objects collections.
For the wider public a major new gallery, permanently devoted to architecture, prominently sited in the V & A, with exhibitions based on the collections and with imaginative and interactive displays to bring architecture to life and challenge the visitors' perceptions.
For people around the country, joint education programmes drawing upon the V&A's strength in this area, and outreach projects in partnership with other bodies in London and regional centres of architecture.Launched in 1999, after a series of studies and a review of the options by KPMG, Architecture for All has developed significantly, especially in terms of its outreach. Three successive RIBA Presidents have given their support, as have the V&A Trustees. Agreements in principle have been signed by the partners, with the formal Agreement expected shortly.
A joint bid was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in December, and a major fund-raising campaign will kick off in the spring.No alternative proposals have been received from any other institution, but joint exhibitions with the RA are among the partnership ventures being actively considered.
RIBA President Paul Hyett last week confirmed his support.
RIBA Chief Executive Richard Hastilow commented, "This is a project for the 21st century, providing the top care for international treasures while reaching out imaginatively to show what good architecture can do for society."
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