RIBA to launch new Fellow category of membership

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Council has approved the launch of a new category of membership recognising Chartered Members who have made a significant contribution to architecture. The new Fellow membership, planned to launch in autumn 2014 pending Privy Council approval of byelaw changes, is the first membership change developed in response to the RIBA’s comprehensive Membership Review, with further enhancements to the membership structure in coming years.

RIBA Fellow membership will be open to any UK or International current RIBA Chartered Member who has significantly contributed to the profession in at least 3 of the following areas:

  • Received an honour or an award for a significant contribution in architecture
  • Has led or played a proactive role in a project that has had a positive social or environmental impact at a local, regional, national or international level
  • Has contributed to the advancement or thought leadership of the profession through education, research or technology
  • Served on a local, regional, national or international working group (council, committee, board, commission, task force etc.) that has affected change, influenced or supported the profession, architecture or built environment
  • Made a significant contribution to architecture through local, regional, national or international initiatives and activities.

The RIBA will be developing the application process over the next few months, in preparation for the launch of the new Fellow membership.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

“The new RIBA Fellow membership distinguishes Chartered Members for their significant contributions to architecture. We want to recognise exceptional individuals within our membership who are actively ‘giving back’ to society beyond their day jobs, acting as ambassadors for the RIBA and our profession.  The Membership Review has informed some exciting enhancements to our membership structure that will benefit all over the coming years – our new Fellow class is the start of more positive changes to come.”


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Posted on Friday 20th June 2014