The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is opening the first ever RIBA Hub in Manchester; a flexible city centre space offering a dedicated area for architects, students and those with an interest in architectural design to meet, collaborate and learn. The RIBA Hub which is located at 113-115 Portland Street, at the entrance of CUBE, the Manchester Architecture Centre, will open on May 12, 2011.
RIBA Hub, Manchester's new local centre for architecture, will feature an exhibition space, cafe, specialist bookshop stocking a selection of the latest RIBA architectural books and magazines, and a meeting space. The RIBA Hub will also be an important centre for delivering seminars and CPD courses to RIBA members and allied professionals.
A six-week rolling programme of exhibitions and activities for the Hub's exhibition space has also been planned in collaboration with the Manchester School of Architecture.
"The RIBA Hub presents a fantastic opportunity for the RIBA to not only support our local RIBA members and students with a whole host of resources and events, but also to raise the profile of architecture in a very visible way on the Manchester high street," commented Harry Rich, RIBA Chief Executive.
Manchester School of Architecture welcomes this exciting collaboration with the RIBA, reinforcing our links with the profession and engaging our research driven work with a wider public audience," said Professor Tom Jefferies, Head of Manchester School of Architecture. "The Hub will add to Manchester's vibrant architectural and design culture, providing a city centre location to exhibit and exchange ideas and discuss work."