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As the global governing body for naval architecture and maritime engineering, everything we do is designed to effect positive change.

Like ship design itself, we have constantly evolved since our formation to stay at the forefront of innovation, serving as a knowledge centre for the latest ideas. Our members are among the major disruptors, enablers and decision makers in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships across the maritime industry.

RINA is at the forefront of learning and education and offers accreditation services for universities, colleges and businesses. We look at the continuous professional development of all our members so that they are equipped to deal with emerging challenges, whether that’s insidious threats such as cybersecurity or the technological transformation demanded to combat climate change.

To help achieve this, RINA publishes a range of technical magazines, journals and conference proceedings available in print and online, covering the latest in maritime news and insight. In addition, we offer an extensive programme of international conferences, workshops and training courses, showcasing the best in research and development concerning ship design, construction and operation. There is also a vibrant community of branches both in the UK and further afield.

Far from being a British-centric organisation we have members in more than 90 countries around the world, making us ideally placed to not only promote innovation but also to influence policy at bodies such as the International Maritime Organization, where we are recognised as a Non-Governmental Organisation with Consultative Status.

RINA is committed to providing all who are involved with or interested in the maritime industry with equal opportunity to engage fully with all our activities. We’re also committed to encouraging those organisations with which we engage to provide the same inclusive standards.

Naval architects have a responsibility to advance the art and science of ship, boat and yacht design. We are only limited by our imagination.

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects Headquarters

Northumberland Street

Northumberland Street

The Institution’s international headquarters are at 8-9 Northumberland Street, London. As well as the Institution’s offices, the building houses the Froude Room, the Scott Russell Room and the Denny Room, used for meetings and conferences.

The Denny Room also contains the Institution’s Library, which houses books covering all aspects of the design, construction, maintenance and operation of commercial and naval vessels.

1938 – 1955

Upper Belgrave Street

Upper Belgrave Street

In 1938, the Institution moved to 10 Upper Belgrave Street. In 1955, the premises were extended to include a Lecture Hall, the building of which was greatly facilitated by the generosity of the late Viscount Weir of Eastwood (an Honorary Vice-President of the Institution) after which the hall was named. The wood panelled Denny Library on the first floor was furbished by Margaret Lady Denny in 1939, in memory of her husband, Sir Archibald Denny.

1914 – 1918

Adam Street

Adam Street

With the reconstruction of Adelphi Terrace after the 1914-1918 war, the Institution moved to the south corner of Adam Street nearby.

1860 – 1913

Adelphi Terrace

Adelphi Terrace

In the early days, the Institution settled in rooms at Adelphi Terrace, London – first at No. 7, then at No. 9 and finally at No. 5 (the former house of David Garrick). The proximity of Adelphi Terrace to the Royal Society of Arts where John Scott Russell had been Secretary, and where for many years meetings of the Institution were held, made the choice of the Institution’s first headquarters very convenient.

We have members in more than 90 countries around the world, making us ideally placed to widely promote innovation and influence global policy.

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