After qualification

Congratulations – you’ve completed some of the toughest and longest qualifications available, and now an exciting career as an architect lies ahead of you.  You can now access a different level of support and guidance from the RIBA, designed to help support you in your professional life.

RIBA chartered membership 

As an RIBA Chartered Member you will be able to access a wide range of exclusive benefits and services that deliver the tools and support to help you excel in your career and stay ahead of the competition.

Regional and International networks

The RIBA has a network of regional offices in England and Wales (RSAW), working actively on behalf of local members.  In addition, there are international chapters in the USA, Hong Kong and the Gulf. 

The RIBA also runs an extensive programme of events, with support from organisations such as the UKTI, to promote the work of members overseas, and to assist members to gain work internationally.  More information can be found on RIBA International webpages.

Professional support

The RIBA works to promote and support effective architectural practice and to maintain standards in the profession. We provide guidance, tools and services to enhance the capabilities of architects and their practices. In partnership with our members, we seek to positively influence the working environment of architects. 

Continuing professional development

RIBA chartered members are obliged to spend a minimum of 35 hours each year maintaining their competence.  The RIBA provides a core curriculum for CPD, as well as offering a varied programme through our regional offices as well as our Providers Network.  For more information, see CPD at the RIBA (link to

RIBA Information Centre

The British Architectural Library operates an enquiry and research service, available to all RIBA members and the public, via the Information Centre.

The Information Centre can answer questions about any aspect of architecture and the RIBA and can also provide useful links to other resources.. 

RIBA chartered members can also be referred to specialist practice consultants who can provide help and guidance on a range of practice issues from legal and contractual problems, debt recovery, taxation, building regulations, party wall matters or planning advice.