Architects have been part of the Royal Academy since our foundation in 1768. Today, we are dedicated to our innovative architecture programme and can boast some of the world’s greatest architects as RAs, from Richard Rogers and Norman Foster to Will Alsop and Zaha Hadid.
Ron Arad RA
Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv and after studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem he moved to London in 1973 to study at the Architectural Association.
In partnership with Caroline Thorman, Arad established the design practice One Off Ltd in 1981. In their workshops and showroom in Covent Garden, he made and displayed his handcrafted designs. Later the pair founded Ron Arad Associates (1989), a design and architecture practice in Chalk Farm, London; and in 1994 opened the Ron Arad Studio, in Como, Italy, where Arad continues to explore innovative techniques and technologies. Initially crafting unique pieces, usually chairs with sculptural forms, and fusing high-tech materials with found objects, Arad quickly gained international recognition. One-offs such as Bookworm and the Well-Tempered Chair were later mass-produced, in collaboration with leading manufacturers.
It’s exciting to think of the RA as an international forum for architecture. Some of the great curators in the world ply their trade and share their ambition here.
Architecture at the RA
Installation (Blue Pavilion) by Pezo von Ellrichshausen.
Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris. / © Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Our architecture programme
The Royal Academy Architecture Programme explores architecture’s place within contemporary culture, through a diverse range of exhibitions and events. Our Architecture Programme is made possible by the Drue Heinz Endowment for Architecture.
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Building Kéré Architecture's installation
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The Annenberg Courtyard, Burlington House
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The Royal Academy is housed in Burlington House, an ornate seventeenth century mansion in the middle of bustling modern-day Mayfair.
Over the course of its long history, the building has undergone significant alterations, both structural and more superficial, according to the different needs of its owners and the changing tastes of the times.