RIBA Chartered Membership

RIBA Chartered Membership shows clients, and employers & the industry that you’ve reached the gold standard in architectural practice.

As a member you’ll be supported, resourced and represented by your professional institute throughout your career. And you’ll be adding your voice to a 40, 000 strong global community who are passionate about championing the cultural and social impact of architecture and good design.

 Who can become an RIBA Chartered member? 

If you’re currently based in the UK, you can join if you have:

  • RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent)* or
  • A 5 year architectural qualification from any EU country that is listed in Directive EC/2005/36, plus at least 5 years of practical experience as an architect
  • A 5 year architectural qualification from any EU country that is listed in Directive EC/2005/36, plus Part 3

If you’re currently based outside the UK you can join if you have:

  • RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent)* or
  • A 5 year architectural qualification from any EU country that is listed in Directive EC/2005/36, plus at least 5 years of professional post-qualification experience or
  • A 5 year architectural qualification from any EU country that is listed in Directive EC/2005/36, plus Part 3 or
  • RIBA Parts 1 and 2, plus at least 2 years professional post-qualification experience overseas or
  • Qualifications which are recognised by, and are a current full architect member of, an overseas institute on this list

    * 'equivalent' can be ARB Part 1 or 2 exemptions, or some CAA qualifications completed before December 2012. If you need more information please contact us.

Chartered Membership – individual assessment by panel

If you are an architect who was educated overseas, who currently resides outside the UK and who doesn’t meet any of the above requirements, you can choose to apply for Chartered membership via an individual assessment by a panel.

The minimum requirements in order to be assessed are that are that you must have:

  • at least 5 years of academic study leading to a professional qualification as an architect
  • at least 5 years of professional experience in architectural practice
  • are a registered/licensed architect where you reside
For more information, please email the Membership Eligibility Assessment Panel MEAP@riba.org

Why become an RIBA Chartered member? 

Raise your profile with clients and employers
RIBA Chartered Members can:

  • use the ‘RIBA’ letters and the title ‘Chartered Architect’
  • use the RIBA crest on their website/stationary/etc
  • have an online entry in the public directory of RIBA Chartered Members
  • have red RIBA signboards made if they're a partner or director of their own practice

For more information about Chartered Practice signboards, or the commercial Find an Architect directory, please see RIBA Chartered Practice

Ask us anything

  • The Information Centre can answer member questions about any aspect of architectural practice or research, and can also provide useful links to other resources.
  • Specialist practice consultants can also provide Chartered Members with help and guidance on a range of practice issues including:

    • building regulations
    • party wall matters
    • planning advice
    • legal and contractual issues
    • taxation
    • debt recovery
  • Chartered members can also be referred to a lawyer for 15 mins of free legal advice

Latest architectural news and research

  • Free subscription to one of the UK’s leading architectural monthly magazines (worth up to £142 p.a.) – the RIBA Journal
  • Stay up-to-date with industry legal and regulatory developments, government policy, national cultural events and more with RIBA Member Updates
  • Find out about the latest networking  and social events via emails from your local RIBA Region
  • Access an extensive collection of books, journals, drawings and photographs on from the British Architectural Library and online library
  • Receive preferential rates for lectures & seminars locally or at 66 Portland Place
  • Access an extensive resource of relevant products and services through the Product Selector Directory

Career development, training and business networking

  • Access free or low-cost training providers through the free RIBA CPD Providers’ Network directory
  • Obtain qualifications and certificates, in architecture, design or business management
  • Attend free CPD Providers Network regional roadshows
  • Access specialist training conferences such as Future Leaders
  • Maintain your CPD records online with free access to the RIBA’s CPD recording system

For more information about the benefits of membership, please read the following brochure:

How to become an RIBA Chartered member 

To apply for RIBA Chartered Membership:

  • Check you’ve attached:

    • Any qualification documents needed (if you have RIBA Part 1 and 2 from the UK you don’t need these - but for other routes, please check the form)
    • Payment information – we won’t be able to proceed without this
  • Return by email to Membership Development or post back to us at Membership Development, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

What happens next

Your application will go to the next available membership admissions committee – these are held once a month, usually on around the 15th.

We expect the committee to confirm your membership within 5 workings days of the committee date.

You’ll be notified as soon as this happens by email, and can begin using the title, affix, signboards and all other membership benefits straight away.

You’ll also get a welcome pack and a card within 4 weeks of your election. 


Watch this video find out what current RIBA Chartered Members have to say about what RIBA Membership means to them personally, and why it’s an advantage to be a part of your industry membership body.

RIBA Chartered Membership from RIBA on Vimeo.

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