riba fellow membership 

RIBA Fellow Membership recognises our inspirational and sometimes unsung Chartered members, who have shown real contribution to architecture, the profession and the community. 

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Welcome to our new Fellows!

The RIBA is delighted and proud to announce our newest RIBA Fellows recognising our inspirational Chartered members who have made a significant contribution to the profession.

Jane Duncan, RIBA President, says: "I am delighted to welcome our new RIBA Fellows. The Fellow Assessment Panel was impressed by the diversity, depth and breadth of our members’ contributions to architecture, representing our exceptional membership talent.

The community of RIBA Fellows highlights an incredible range of individuals and their many differing contributions to architecture – a desire to support, influence and affect change, whether on a local, national or international scale.  Fellows of the RIBA have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate the great importance and impact of their contributions which affect and influence change in the profession that advances architecture.

By highlighting these professionals we can create a benchmark to which future generations of architects can aspire, which will continue to emphasise and celebrate the sometimes unsung heroes of our profession."

For more information, please read our Fellow Membership brochure.

RIBA Fellowship

RIBA Fellowship recognises the achievements of our Chartered members that have made a significant contribution to architecture, the profession and the community. The standard of applications was very high, and our Fellow Assessment Panel was impressed and humbled by the wide range of contributions that are being made by our own Chartered members every day. The 30 Fellows who have been elected represent a broad range of backgrounds and specialisms, who continue to affect and influence change from all four corners of the globe.

Find out more about our Fellows here.


  • Be recognised for your contributions to architecture and demonstrate your role as an influencer in your community through use of the FRIBA affix
  • Gain the industry status of a true ambassador for the future of architecture and the profession
  • Receive the knowledge, information and tools to establish your role and showcase your unique talents, your expert voice, and your positive influence as an ambassador for the profession and the RIBA. Find a new platform for affecting change, with the support of the RIBA
  • Grow your network, make more connections and find new opportunities to develop how you contribute to architecture and inspire our communities

Eligibility Criteria 

You must be a current RIBA chartered member to be eligible to apply, and demonstrate through your application that you meet 3 of the following 5 criteria:

  • you have received an honour or an award for a significant contribution to architecture
  • you have 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
  • you have contributed to the advancement of thought leadership in architecture through education, research and development or use of technology
  • you have served on a local, regional, national or international working group that has affected change, influenced or supported architecture or the built environment
  • you have made a significant contribution to architecture through local, regional, national or international initiatives and activities such as charity and community projects


Fellow Membership subscription fees are 20% above current Chartered Membership subscription fees. Fellows elected in November 2016 will begin to pay the higher Fellows subscription rate from January 2017.

Applicants will be informed of the cost of their subscription if their application is successful and they are elected as a Fellow.

If you have any questions about the subscription fees, please call +44(0)20 7307 3652 or email Membership Development.

How to Apply 

Please note that we are now closed for applications and will be reopening in June 2017.

All valid applications will be assessed by a Fellow Assessment Panel appointed by RIBA Council. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the Fellow Assessment Panel’s recommendations. The decisions of the Fellow Assessment Panel are final and binding.

Please make sure you read the Applicant Guidance Notes before applying. This includes details of the eligibility criteria, guidance on completing your application form and the application and assessment process.

Fellow application form

The application form will be available to download here.

To help us administer your application, please complete the Fellow application form electronically, scan and email it to Membership Development along with your supporting documentation. Alternatively, if you would prefer to complete it by hand, please either scan and email it, or send it by post along with supporting documentation to:

The Membership Department
The Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place

If you have any questions, please email Membership Development or call +44(0)20 7307 3652.
The first application deadline is midday on Friday 30 September, but applicants are encouraged to apply in good time to enable the Membership Department to make an initial assessment to ensure all relevant information as part of their application has been provided.

Key Dates 2016

Applications open: 8 August 2016

Deadline for applications: midday on Friday 30 September 2016

New Fellows elected: by 25 November 2016

Please note that we are now closed for applications and will be reopening in June 2017.