London School of Economics launches its third RIBA international Design Competition

London School of Economics (LSE) has invited expressions of interest for its next major building project; the redevelopment of 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields (44LIF), which will be known as the Paul Marshall Building. 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields was purchased by LSE in 2013 from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) who remain in occupation until their move to the new Francis Crick Institute in 2017.

Following its redevelopment, the new building on the site of 44LIF will house a number of academic and research departments including the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. Paul Marshall is a major benefactor of the School and the Marshall Institute will make its permanent home in the new building at 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields which will take his name.

LSE has established a reputation in the last decade of commissioning high quality, innovative and sustainable architecture. The construction of a major new university building on the site of 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields will cement this reputation. This international competition, run in conjunction with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), follows the School's previous two successful RIBA competitions.


The School has instigated its third RIBA international design competition to procure a design response which will achieve the following:

  • The new building will play a key role in promoting the values, ethos and brand of LSE

  • Its contemporary high quality design will inspire future generations of students and academics and will be regarded as a seminal piece of university architecture in its historic setting overlooking Lincoln's Inn Fields in central London

  • Environmental sustainability and carbon minimisation will be fundamental aspects of the building's identity

  • Innovative and adaptable teaching and research workspaces that combine the best of old and new methods of student centred learning and academic enquiry/scholarship

  • The building will be integral to the transformation of the campus and enhancement of the public realm as well as contributing to the quality of its unique neighbourhood

Submission of Expressions of Interest

The Invitation for Expressions of Interest and the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire documents can be downloaded from the Supporting Information. Please look at these documents for more information on the competition objectives and the selection process.

To be considered all formal submissions must only be made to RIBA Competitions. LSE cannot accept any direct applications.


The outline programme for the design competition process is set out below. Please note this programme is draft and is subject to change.

23 September 2015   Competition Launched
19 October 2015   Deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest
Mid November 2015   Shortlisted teams notified
w/c 11 January 2016   Design competition brief issued to shortlisted teams
w/c 25 January 2016   Mid competition workshops
19 February 2016   Shortlisted submission deadline
22 February – 04 March 2016   Public Exhibition of design submissions
Between 24 Feb – 01 March 2016   Contract & cost clarification meetings
Friday 04 March 2016   Contract & cost submissions received from shortlisted teams
22 February – 04 April 2016   Competition submission evaluation by LSE & advisory team
13 April 2016   Final interviews
End April 2016   Selection of preferred design team confirmed

Competition Contact

The competition is being administered by RIBA Competitions, to whom any enquiries relating to the general conditions of this competition should be addressed.


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