RIBA Retired Chartered Membership

Your status as an RIBA Retired Chartered Member is acknowledgement that you have completed a career in architecture and hold a lifetime of expertise in this field. You can continue to access a wide range of benefits and services including continued use of the ‘RIBA’ affix after your name.

RIBA Retired Chartered Membership means, as a fully retired architect, you can retain your status as an RIBA Member without having to be ARB registered, maintain your Personal Indemnity Insurance (PII) or your Continual Professional Development (CPD).

Who can become an RIBA Retired Chartered member?

 To become an RIBA Retired Chartered Member you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must have previously been an RIBA Chartered Member for a minimum of five years - and
  • if you are working, it must be less than 7 hours per week in any profession other than architecture - and
  • declare that you have completely retired from practice (in accordance with the architect’s registration act 1997).

Advantages of becoming an RIBA Retired Chartered member 

As an RIBA Retired Chartered Member, you can access a range of exclusive benefits and services that will ensure you can continue to enjoy all the perks of RIBA Membership for a reduced fee.

It entitles you to continue to make full use of the ‘RIBA’ affix after your name.

Knowledge, research and information

  • Get the latest news on design and practice with a free subscription to one of the UK’s leading architectural monthly magazines (worth over £60p.a.) – RIBA Journal.
  • Receive free one-to-one, bespoke and specialist guidance on architectural practise, history, conservation and the work of the RIBA through the dedicated RIBA Information Centre.
  • Access to an extensive international collection of books, journals, drawings and photographs on the history and practise of architecture, the built environment and landscape design from the British Architectural Library and online library.
  • Enhance your skill set and share your views on specialist topics of interest with those who work in the architectural and wider construction profession through the RIBA Knowledge Communities.
  • Stay up-to-date on practice, international news, latest research, RIBA activities and more through the RIBA e-bulletins.
  • Exchange information and inspiration on topics relating to architecture through the RIBA online community wiki - RIBApedia.
  • Receive preferential rates for lectures, seminars and other events within the RIBA Trust programme.
  • Access legal, technical and regulatory guidance through free telephone consultation with over 20 practice consultants or RIBA staff with specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Communicate your status and expertise

  • Use of the ‘RIBA’ affix to signal your excellence.
  • Entry in to the RIBA Member Directory.

The RIBA is constantly reviewing and improving the benefits and services it provides and welcomes feedback about this at all stages.

 How to become an RIBA Retired Chartered member 

If you would like to know more about joining or re-joining as an RIBA Retired Chartered Member, contact the Membership Development team on +44 (0)20 7307 3686 or email membership.development@riba.org.

If you are already an RIBA Chartered Member and would simply like to switch to Retired Chartered Membership, please contact our Membership Services Team on +44 (0) 207 307 3800 or email membership.services@riba.org