HeritageFounded in 1953, we now have teams collaborating internationally, with a shared commitment to our ethos of Everything architecture.

Two pioneering young entrepreneurial architects, Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates, who worked with Le Corbusier and Ove Arup, first met in the office of Berthold Lubetkin. They went on to form Ryder and Yates in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates with their team

Beginnings built on inspiration. From the minds of two pioneering young architects.

Le Corbusier, Lubetkin and Newcastle-born Arup, had a powerful influence on the design philosophy of Gordon and Peter which can still be seen in Ryder’s work today.

Ted Nicklin, who later became a mentor to Peter Buchan, joined Ryder and Yates in 1963, bringing with him a commitment to social architecture. In the same year Leszek Kubik, a Polish structural engineer, joined. By 1965, building services engineer Jack Humphrey and electrical engineer Geoff Brown were also part of the team.

The death of Peter Yates in 1982 resulted in the formation of Ryder Nicklin Partnership, which continued until the retirement of Gordon Ryder in 1990. Following the sudden death of Ted in 1994 it was left to Peter Buchan, who had joined in 1977, and Mark Thompson, who had joined in 1988, to take the practice forward to what it is today.

This basis for integrating architects and engineers in a single practice stemmed from the experience both Gordon and Peter enjoyed while working with great designers. This pioneering approach remains in Ryder’s work today – inclusive and collaborative. There is passion in every aspect.

“One thing is certain – Ryder will keep evolving…”

Rutter Carroll, Architectural Historian

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An insight into our history. Highlighting Ryder through time.

There is a rigour running throughout Ryder’s approach and a deceptive simplicity in our work, a determination for useful and functional design. This has not changed in over 70 years.

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Ryder’s work is increasingly diverse but always disciplined and well controlled. No practice anywhere is ever free of the tics of architectural fashion, but Ryder, secure in its own heritage, is freer than most.

Hugh Pearman

Architectural Critic

AwardsRyder and our work has been recognised with over 200 awards.

They include the prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award for International Trade, ranking world class in the Best Companies to Work For tables and being named Building’s Architectural Practice of the Year 2021, and finalist eight times since 2012.

2023

AJ100

NUCASTLE, Shortlisted: Community Impact of the Year

2023

BCO Midlands

103 Colmore Row, Shortlisted: Commercial Workplace

2023

BCO Northern

New Billingham House, Shortlisted: Corporate Workplace

2023

Constructing Excellence North East

Dogger Bank, Winner: Net Zero and shortlisted Building Project of the Year

2023

RIBA North West

India Buildings, HMRC, Shortlisted

2023

Scottish Property

Winchburgh Sport and Well Being Hub, Shortlisted: Architectural Excellence Award (Public Use)

2023

UKReiiF

PlanBEE / Mark Thompson, Shortlisted: People and Skills Torchbearer

2023

Insider North East Property

One Strawberry Lane, Winner: Commercial Development of the Year

2023

Inside Housing Development

Grace House, Winner: Best Affordable Housing Development £20m+

2022

BCO Northern

Pipewell Quay, Commended: Corporate Workplace

2022

Best Companies to Work For

Ryder Architecture – Best Large Companies to Work For, Top 10

2022

Edinburgh Architectural Institute

Queensferry High School, Winner: Large Project Award

2022

Insider Media Property Awards North East

Pipewell Quay, Winner: Fit Out / Refurbishment of the Year

2022

Insider Media Property Awards North West

India Buildings, HMRC, Winner: Development of the Year

2022

Mixology North

India Buildings, HMRC, Shortlisted: Project of the Year, Public Sector

2022

RICS North East

NUCASTLE, Newcastle United Foundation, Winner: Community Benefit

2022

RICS North West

India Buildings, HMRC, Winner: Refurbishment / Revitalisation Project

2022

Education Estates

Queen Elizabeth High and Hexham Middle Schools, Winner: Project of the Year (Schools)

2021

Asia Pacific Chinese Design Competition

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Headquarters, Hong Kong, Gold Award

2021

Best Companies to Work For

Ryder Architecture – Best Large Companies to Work For, Top 50

2021

Building

Ryder Architecture – Architectural Practice of the Year, Winner

2021

Civic Trust

The Pavilion at Kew Gardens, Finalist The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Finalist

2021

Design in Mental Health

Camden and Islington Mental Health Accommodation, Winner: Service User Engagement

2021

Edinburgh Architectural Institute

Queensferry High School, Winner: Large Project

2021

International Property

Grace House, Winner: Social Housing London Grace House, Winner: Social Housing United Kingdom

2021

Scottish Design

Dunoon Primary School, Commended: Education

2021

Queen's Award for Enterprise

Ryder Architecture, Winner: International Trade

OkanaLet’s shape tomorrow.

Okana was created in 2024 to build on the success of BIM Academy – an internationally respected digital consultancy founded by Ryder, and Ryder Alliance – a global network delivering collaborative projects around the world.

Combining the strengths of both, we launched Okana, a pioneering global built environment consultancy, bringing together visionary thinking alongside economic viability.

Okana turns innovative ideas into sustainable realities that resonate with communities worldwide.

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