The BFI has launched a search for an architect to design its new $271m (£166m) film centre on London’s South Bank.

Architects are being invited to submit “expressions of interest”, which the BFI will use to create an initial long list. The potential designers will then be interviewed and a short list will be drawn up by early August, when the architects will be asked to submit their design ideas. The final decision will be made in November.

The centre, which is expected to be completed by 2015, will house five digital screens, with one large auditorium. The current BFI building will revert back to the ownership of the South Bank centre in 2015.