The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today launches a new membership class called Associate Member, which will replace the current Graduate class. This change has been implemented to provide the best possible support for a wider range of members.
Unlike the existing Graduate class, Associate Member applicants do not need to be working towards Part III (necessary for Chartered Architect status), therefore widening access to more professionals in the industry including :
Non-recent Part I and Part II qualified graduates with relevant practical experience
Those with EU qualifications (minimum five years of academic study as stipulated in the European Union Directive)
Those individuals who have decided post Part II that they wish to work in another architecturally related field, such as surveying or engineering
RIBA Associate Members will have a number of specifically tailored RIBA support services to help their career development, moving them towards RIBA Chartered Membership. Existing Graduate members will automatically be moved to the new Associate Member category.
Richard Brindley, Executive Director of RIBA Professional Services said:
"The new Associate Member class is a great opportunity to enable all members who have an interest and qualification in architecture to engage with the profession and enjoy the benefits of RIBA membership. The structure of the new class better reflects the progress and development throughout a practitioner's career, by guiding those seeking to become Chartered Architects through the process of completing Part III, eventually leading them to Chartered Membership."
For further information, visit www.architecture.com/RIBAMembership