As a student of architecture there are many ways to engage with and influence the activity of your professional institute.
RIBA Student Council Representatives
The RIBA is governed by a Council of 60 members, elected from among the RIBA Membership. All student members can nominate and vote for two student members to sit on the RIBA Council. There is also a seat for a graduate student, under the affiliate membership category.
For 2012 - 2013, your council members are:
Associate Member seat: Alex Scott-Whitby
Student Member seats: Alex Bancroft and Emily Fribbance
Contact them via the RIBA Student rep blog
A national network of architecture students
RIBA Student members are part of a national network - there are a number of ways for architecture students to connect with each other, with the RIBA and with professionals.
The RIBA Knowledge Communities website is a specialist network run by the RIBA Research team. The Student network is a useful forum for architecture students to to discuss current topics and to engage with the wider architectural community.
You can follow RIBA Education on Facebook and Twitter to keep updated on news and information and to share information with others.
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The Architecture Students Network is a group of independent forums that engage with architecture students across the UK. These groups provide a communication network for students of architecture to connect with the RIBA.
Engaging with the RIBA
RIBA Student Finances Survey, 2013
In March 2011, the RIBA conducted a survey of architecture students in order to gauge the realities of their financial situation, as well as their opinions and attitudes to financial hardship. The RIBA is now repeating the survey two years later to see how the financial situation for architecture students has changed. All students of architecture are encouraged to respond to the questionnaire. It should take no more than ten minutes of your time and all respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 worth of RIBA bookshop vouchers!
Please click here to go to the survey.
Deadline for responses is Wednesday 12 June
The feedback from the survey is intended to inform and set priorities for the work of the RIBA Education Trust Funds Committee, who administer grants and scholarships to support students of architecture, particularly those suffering from financial hardship.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Hayley Russell on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7307 3678
A summary of the findings from the 2011 survey can be found below:
ZaP Architecture's Pavilion of Protest exhibition in the RIBA's Florence Hall, September 2011
ZaP Architecture Pavilion of Protest
The RIBA's Student Finances Survey from March 2011 helped to inform the data used by ZaP Architecture, a student architecture collaborative, as they launched a campaign to raise the profile of the costs of an architectural education. Their response to this issue was exhibited at the RIBA in September 2011 as the Pavilion of Protest, created in collaboration with students at Sheffield University. More information is available on their website.
RIBA Student Forum: Tough Times, June 2011
In June 2011 students from across the UK gathered at the RIBA in London for a student forum. The event brought students, RIBA staff and practitioners together to discuss surviving architectural studies in 'tough times' and other issues.
The event gave students a chance to hear about some recent RIBA initiatives, while also providing a forum for them to share opinions and ideas. Find out more about the forum by download the resulting Tough Times Report and reading a report on the event from one of the student delegates.
Employment and practical experience
Students and graduates should refer to the RIBA's Professional Experience and Development website for full information about the practical experience eligibility criteria and further information and guidance www.pedr.co.uk
RIBA Appointments is the RIBA's recruitment website.
Other opportunities for students and graduates seeking entry into professional practice include the RIBA's Host Practice scheme and the RIBA's mentoring scheme. Please refer to the webpages for further information, or contact the education department if you would like further information on how you could take advantage of these opportunities.