The Institute for Creativity and Technology

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The Institute for Creativity and Technology opened in May 2021. London's new work space for the creative industries can be found in the Design District, right next to Ravensbourne University London on the Greenwich Peninsula.

What is the Institute for Creativity and Technology?

Institute for Creativity and Technology building from the outside

Ravensbourne’s new Institute for Creativity and Technology is a future-focused home of experimentation, connection and collaboration.

Led by a diverse community of ethical thinkers, creators and disruptors, it is a place where hi-tech collides with lo-tech and no-tech. It provides a space for leading-edge design and media practice to explore new frontiers in a unique culture of innovation.

At its heart the Institute is an ecosystem of professional partnerships, industry networks, business incubation and an internationally recognised transdisciplinary team.  

Whether you are looking to upskill, retrain, reach beyond executive boundaries, or provoke innovation change – this is a destination for inspiration.

A place to thrive

Come join us. You will grow your skills and nurture ideas while expanding your capacity for daring leadership and business development.

Students learn and create in a custom-designed study space with movable walls, standing and seated desks, tables for making and meeting, and flexible spaces for talks and seminars.

Our students have access to the Institute’s prototyping facilities, virtual reality/augmented reality and mixed reality labs, research labs, Incubation+ and dedicated events and exhibition space.

Image of the London skyline from the Institute roof

Cityscape image taken from the Institute roof

Image taken by building and refurbishment contractor, Troy.

Workers on top of the Institute roof with the skyline in the background

Cityscape image taken from the Institute roof

Image taken by building and refurbishment contractor, Troy.

Cityscape image taken from top of Institute building

Cityscape view taken from the Institute roof

Image taken by building and refurbishment contractor, Troy.

One unique offer

The Institute for Creativity and Technology’s six component parts make for one unique offer.

Five innovative department, one unique offer

  1. Postgraduate Studies: A space where creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and communications come together. The programme explores the strategic use of design, innovation and technology. It looks at how the application of these components can put people at the heart of new business models, brand innovations, technological transformation and social change.
  2. TheWorkshop: A practical workshop space for the exploration of materials. The space offers 3D printing, large format digital print, laser cutting and vacuum forming, Arduino and Raspberry Pi coding and workshop hand tools.
  3. CreativeLab: The Institute’s in-house creative agency offering insight, connectivity, innovative thinking, new approaches and fresh solutions to our industry partners.
  4. Incubation+: A collective founded on connections and collaborative working. It provides extensive commercial support to graduates and businesses including accelerator programmes, business mentoring, exposure to investors, commercial partnerships, networking events, and branding expertise from our in-house creative team.
  5. Research department: Home to an experimental research community that explores the potential of creative technologies. It has an international reputation as a research partner on innovative digital projects, working with industry and government in the UK and beyond.
  6. EventsHub: Brings together practical know-how with insights from leading practitioners from across the globe.

What is the Design District?

The Design District is Europe’s first permanent purpose-built design district comprising 16 new buildings, designed by eight world-leading architectural practices. It's based in London’s newest creative hub located next to Ravensbourne University London and the O2, the world’s most successful music venue, on the Greenwich Peninsula.

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Aerial shot of the design district

In the media

Guardian coverage for Institute for Creativity and Technology

The Guardian, June 2021

‘An architectural fashion show’: Greenwich peninsula’s Design District

From a rooftop basketball court to a caterpillar-shaped food hall, the souk-like London development is architecture at its trendiest. Can its eye-popping buildings lure young creatives – and bring the buzz?

Read the full article here

Coverage of The Institute for Creativity and Technology in The Architects Newspaper

The Architects Newspaper, May 2021

Tenants move in as London’s Greenwich Design District nears completion

In September 2017, plans for London’s first purpose-built ‘Design District’ were unveiled.

The project is nearing completion as the district readies itself for its first tenants moving in spring this year. These include Ravensbourne University, which is moving into a shimmering silver cube designed by Barozzi Veiga (A1), with interiors by Brinkworth. 

Read the full article here.

Rendered image of Institute appearing in Design Week

Design Week, March 2021

 Interior inspiration: Design Week’s picks:

Ahead of its opening later this year, interior design consultancy Brinkworth has released renders of what the Institute for Creativity and Technology will look like. Housed in the incoming Design District, the space will be operated by Ravensbourne University London.

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Coverage in London TV for Institute for Creativity and Technology

London TV

Ravensbourne University London launches new Institute for Creativity and Technology to kick-start careers

The brand new Institute for Creativity and Technology will occupy one of two Barozzi Veiga buildings at Design District from May 2021.

Read the full article here.

The Architects Journal

The Architects Journal

Designing the Greenwich Peninsula’s Design District

At the end of May the first ‘creatives’ will begin moving into the almost-complete Design District on a car-free 1ha site next to the O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Read the full article here.