Ian Ritchie is renowned for leading some of the most innovative architectural practices in the industry, distinguished for their strategic thinking, environmental awareness, design quality and research and development.
Ritchie studied at the University of Westminster. Amongst others, he has been taught at the Moscow School of Architecture and the Architectural Association.
Ritchie continues to lecture at Universities across the world and at major venues including the Royal Academy of Arts, Pompidou, and the European Commission.
Working with Norman Foster between 1972and 1976 Ritchie went on to found Chrysalis Architects in 1979 with Alan Stanton and Mike Davies.
In 1981 he created Ian Ritchie Architects in London and co-founded the design and engineering firm Rice Francis Ritchie. In 1999, Ian Ritchie Architects completed a social housing project in Glasgow with Scottish Homes and The New Housing Association.
Ritchie’s practices have won more than 60 awards and realised many landmark projects throughout Europe including the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art Glass Towers, the Leipzig Glass Hall, Dublin Spire and the RSC Courtyard Theatre. In 2010 Ritchie was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects.
He regularly chairs international juries, including the Stirling Prize. He is currently a governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, advisor to the Ove Arup Foundation and Dean School of Architecture Design & Construction at the University of Greenwich.
In 2000 he was awarded a CBE. He is the sole foreign architect to receive the Academie d’Architecture Grand Silver Medal for Innovation.