RIBA Chartered Membership

RIBA Chartered Membership shows clients, and employers and 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 a 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)
  • A qualification in architecture which is covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC), access to the profession of architect in the country in which the qualification was gained, and a minimum of 2 years of professional practical experience

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

  • RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent)
  • A qualification in architecture which is covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC), access to the profession of architect in the country in which the qualification was gained, and a minimum of 2 years of professional practical experience
  • RIBA Parts 1 and 2, plus at least 2 years professional post-qualification experience
  • Full architect membership of one of 12 professional institutes (on this listapproved by the RIBA Council
  • Other qualifications - if you have an architectural qualification of at least 5 years in duration, you may be eligible to apply for RIBA Chartered Membership through individual assessment, for more information click here.

    '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.

What are the benefits of being an RIBA chartered member?

Show clients and employers your professionalism and commitment
RIBA Chartered Members can:

  • use the letters ‘RIBA’ and the title ‘Chartered Architect’
  • use the RIBA crest on their websites, business cards, drawings, 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 answers questions from our members about any aspect of architectural practice or research
  • 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 are entitled to 15 mins of free legal advice per topic/call

Latest architectural news and research

  • Free subscription to one of the UK's leading architectural publications, the RIBA Journal - delivered monthly
  • Free subscriber access to the online Journal at ribaj.com
    - 2,500+ articles on architectural practice, culture and opinion
    - fully mobile compatible
    - 12,000+ images
    - print and digital Journal subscription collectively worth £158.00
  • 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, or by joining your local, member-led branch
  • Access an extensive collection of books, journals, drawings and photographs on from the British Architectural Library and online library
  • Free or discounted lectures, seminars or discussions in your area (and 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
  • Attend free CPD Providers Network regional roadshows
  • Obtain qualifications and certificates, in architecture, design or business management
  • Access specialist training conferences such as Future Leaders
  • Maintain your CPD records online with free access to the RIBA’s CPD recording system

How to become an RIBA Chartered member 

To apply for RIBA Chartered Membership:

  • Return by email to Membership Development or post back to us at Membership Development, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

If you are not currently working, or are earning less than £20,000 after tax, you may qualify for a reduced-fee subscription
To apply please complete this reduced rate application form and return it with your completed RIBA Chartered Member application or readmission form.
If you have any queries about applying for a reduced rate of subscription when joining, please call +44 (0)207 307 3686 for assistance.

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 no more than 5 business 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, RIBA certificate and membership card within approx. 4 weeks of your election.

 

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