RIBA annual commission – Giles Round installation

The Architecture Gallery, RIBA
22 September – 23 December 2016

This autumn the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a new commission by multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round. Through extensive research of RIBA’s Collections and dialogue with contemporary practitioners, Round will create a site-specific installation for the Architecture Gallery that brings attention to one of the most familiar and unavoidable physical features of our everyday lives: the façade. The front of buildings reveals the intentions, functions and architectural periods and styles of our cities – or so it would seem on the surface. Often the use or function of a building is taken far beyond the original intentions of the architect and whilst the external appearance of the city may endure, its internal spaces are in a constant state of transformation.

Inspired by the work of a wide range of architects represented in the RIBA Collections, from Michael Searles to Berthold Lubetkin and Venturi Scott Brown, Giles’ work will explore the tension between the inside and outside of buildings and our often deceptive understanding of cities by transforming RIBA and the use of the Architecture Gallery itself and display selected objects from the collection.

Giles Round

Giles works in the cross-over between art, architecture, craft and design. Previous projects and exhibitions of his have bridged graphics, design, art, architecture, interiors, and set design. He has created immersive installations in a multitude of settings from the home to galleries and outdoor spaces. The works range from small objects to large-scale sculpture, wallpapers and installation. A firm believer that design and architecture play an active role in well-being, Giles’ work uses these tactics to create immersive and thought-provoking viewer experiences. 

Press view

The press view for the installation will take place at 9.30am at RIBA on Wednesday 21 September at 9.30am. RSVP to 

The exhibition is sponsored by Wedge Group Galvanising and is supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.


Notes to editors:

1. For further information contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA press office:; 020 7307 3813. Images from the RIBA Collections that have inspired aspects of the installation can be downloaded here:

2. The Architecture Gallery at RIBA is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Sunday and until 8pm every Tuesday. Free entrance. RIBA is at 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD. Nearest tubes are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street. The exhibition is part of a RIBA season of wide ranging events and workshops, designed for all ages and experience levels. For further information go to

3. The Architecture Gallery opened in February 2014 in the RIBA’s Grade II* listed Art Deco HQ. Through regular, free exhibitions that explore the past, present and future of our built environment the gallery programme will help visitors discover and explore architecture. The gallery offers the opportunity for the RIBA to display its world class collections contained in the British Architectural Library. 

4. About the exhibition sponsors: with nearly 150 years of history Wedge Group Galvanizing is the UK’s largest hot dip galvanizing organisation. They have 14 plants around the UK which are designed and equipped to set industry-leading standards for sustainability, low environmental impact and a quality finish. For further information go to:

5. For further information about Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation go to:

6. RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. @RIBA

7. The RIBA is a registered charity and it relies on the generosity of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to preserve its world-class collections, to maintain free public access to its exhibitions and develop a diverse and exciting public events programme.

Posted on Monday 27th June 2016

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