What is an RIBA Client Adviser?

An RIBA Client Adviser is usually an architect (but not the one designing the building) sitting on the client's side of a project, independent of the supply team, monitoring and helping to manage the design process from its earliest stages.




It is a vital role on all projects, for example, Private Finance Initiative or Design and Build, where the client's access to the executive design team is often limited.

Through your RIBA Client Adviser you can maintain control over issues affecting the quality, value, sustainability and lifecycle of your building or project. An RIBA Client Adviser provides a single, effective interface with the design team and other professionals, working closely with you to understand your business objectives and articulating your needs with absolute clarity and consistency. An RIBA Client Adviser can also advise on other consultants and professionals in the construction, business, government and academic sectors.

RIBA Client Advisers are selected by the Royal Institute of British Architects from its international membership for their all-round procurement expertise, design experience, business knowledge and track-record of delivering results in construction projects. The RIBA evaluates and accredits all of its Client Advisers on an annual basis. 

Client Advisers in Practice. Below are a selection of case studies.

Waingels College Wokingham (PDF - 1,390kB)

University of Cyprus Masterplan (PDF - 1,650kB) 

Pitzhanger Manor Walpole Park Ealing (PDF - 3,603kB)

Fleet St Redevelopment C Hoare & Co (PDF - 1,296kB)

Building Schools for the Future Essex CC (PDF - 5,818kB)

London 2012 Facilities Olympic Delivery Authority (PDF - 4,137 kB) 


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