Aidan Ridyard BA (Hons) Dip Arch (Dist.) RIBA - Principal
After studying at Birmingham School of Architecture, Aidan’s early career included ten years at Hickton Madeley Architects where he gained experience in the design and delivery of a range of projects for clients as diverse as theatres, conference facilities, and medical centres. He joined Broadway Malyan in 2006, establishing their new studio in Birmingham, and being appointed to the Board in 2009. His main role was to lead Broadway Malyan’s education team, winning a number of prestigious design competitions, for schools, colleges and universities in the UK and overseas.
Aidan has led the design teams for notable projects at Bournville College (Shortlisted for RIBA Award 2012) and Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College (Urban Vision (CABE) Building of the Year 2011) in the UK, as well as the British Council’s School in Madrid and the new American Community School in Doha. His design for Middlesborough College was highly commended in the RIBA/LSC Awards of 2006 and his Llanfyllin Medical Centre was shortlisted for the 2005 National Eisteddfod Prize for Architecture and is still an exemplar project.
Aidan has a particular passion for the design of spaces for teaching, learning and research, a philosophy running through a series of projects from schools to universities. He teaches at several universities in the UK and is active in an ongoing programme of research, notably into the effectiveness of learning spaces in Higher Education. Aidan’s recent project for Coventry University’s new Health and Science building will commence on site in the New Year.
His recent and current projects, since joining BFF, have included a number of Feasibility Studies for Coventry University and the refurbishment and remodelling of the Grade II* Listed Hall for Cornwall , Truro. He is leading the team for the remodelling and extension of the Grade I Listed York Guildhall to provide creative workspaces, together with restaurant, cafe bar and conference facilities.