Research and Innovation Group

Are you interested in joining the group and believe you have the required skills and experience? We are currently inviting applications from across the membership to fill available places to beging in 2017.

Apply here by filling in this ONLINE FORM by 31 October 2016 and sending your CV to, subject 'RIG membership'. We will contact you on 1st December.

The RIBA invites applications from individuals who are passionate about helping the profession advance its research culture, to help us to grow a network of experts to support the development of research in practice and to make it into the new normal for Chartered Architects.

Group members are expected to attend 3 meetings annually and to respond to occasional email requests for input into RIBA responses to government consultations. The meetings are an opportunity to discuss current industry and policy issues and to provide input in relevant RIBA activities. They are held at the RIBA headquarter in London and usually run from 2-5pm.

Members may also be invited to contribute to RIBA media and communications, speak at RIBA or other industry events or to give oral evidence to government. These latter activities are all voluntary.

The RIBA is committed to promoting equality and diversity, a culture that values difference and recognises that people from different backgrounds and experiences can bring valuable insights to the way we work. We welcome and encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, location, age, or practice size that reflects the diversity of the profession.

Group members are reimbursed for their travel expenses and regional members who find they cannot spare the time required to attend in person or those with other barriers to attendance are invited to get in touch to discuss opportunities for virtual participation in meetings.

The initial term of membership is 2 years. The maximum term of membership is 6 years.

Group objectives:

To provide research and innovation knowledge and capability within the RIBA and to provide research advocacy within and outside the RIBA:

  • To enhance and promote links between practitioners, the academic research community and funders in architecture and the built environment. 

  • To promote and connect architectural research to other professions in the built environment and to wider groups in society.

  • To enhance international research links to ensure that the RIBA, architectural profession and architectural academia are matching or exceeding global research standards.

  • To develop, support and promote a range of strategic research projects within the RIBA (having a lead role in setting the agenda for built environment research), the architectural profession and architectural academia.

  • To raise awareness among practitioners of the benefits, both intellectual and economic, of highlighting the research work that they undertake through, or in addition to, their projects.

Chair: Prof Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Reading

Simon Bradbury (Plymouth University)
Clare Eriksson (RICS)
Alan Jones (RIBA Vice President Education, Queen's University Belfast)
Peter Oborn (RIBA Vice President International)
Neil Paterson (BRE Trust)
Paola Sassi (Oxford Brookes University)
Jennifer Whyte (Imperial College London)

Contact: RIBA Research