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RIBA launches new Associate Member class


05 May 2009

Press office contact:

Mina Vadon
T: +44 (0)207 307 3761
E: mina.vadon@riba.org

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

Notes to editors

  1. For further information please contact Mina Vadon in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3761 or email mina.vadon@inst.riba.org
  2. The Associate Member membership subscription starts at £56.00. For further information, contact the RIBA Membership Services team on 020 7307 3800 or email membership.services@inst.riba.org
  3. 2009 marks the 175th Anniversary of the RIBA. To celebrate this milestone the Institute has planned a programme of special events which look back with pride on some of the most significant achievements of the past while also looking forward to the years ahead.  We aim to use our position as the home of architecture in the UK to engage an even wider audience in the vitally important architectural issues which have such a large influence on the way we live and work both now and in the future.  Our programme for the year includes major loans to the Palladio 500 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and our collaboration with the Barbican centre to bring the highly-acclaimed exhibition; Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture to London.  We are also running a national schools competition in collaboration with Construction Skills to design a new parliament building which coincides with the 175th anniversary of the current Barry/Pugin Palace of Westminster.  Our major annual events such as the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Royal Gold Medal and Annual Lecture will also be given special prominence during the year. In raising our profile for our anniversary year we hope to demonstrate better the breadth of our activities and convey our passion for good design and designers, in the built environment. For further information go to www.architecture.com/175


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