London School of Economics: New Global Centre for the Social Sciences

Sponsor: RIBA

Location: London

Type: Expression of Interest (EOI), two-stage, international


Expressions of Interest (EOI) invited from architectled teams (complete design team required including structural, mechanical, electrical, etc.).

Language: English


14 June 2013: Expression of Interest (EOI) Deadline

Awards: Each architect/practice shortlisted to proceed to the design phase of the competition will receive an equal honorarium of £10,000 plus VAT.

Design Challenge:

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is the world’s leading centre for social sciences. Founded in 1895, the LSE is one of the largest colleges within the University of London and has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence nationally and internationally. This is an unusual UK university; few university institutions in the world are as international. The study of social, economic and political problems covers not only the United Kingdom and other countries within the European Union but also countries of every continent.

The LSE is committed to procuring the highest quality architecture and has a strategic aim of creating a ‘world class’ estate, commensurate with its international academic standing and competitive with other world class HEI’s.

The next step in the campus development programme is to further improve the School’s teaching, research and support facilities through the complete redevelopment of the centre of its Aldwych campus. The new building that will be constructed will have a vital role to play in cementing the LSE’s position as a world renowned educational establishment and will become a place that inspires existing LSE students and will help attract new high calibre students and staff to the School.

The design of the new building provides the opportunity to encompass new types of spaces for creative research, social learning and intellectual collaboration, which will be flexible and able to accommodate evolving academic practice.

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