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The RIBA is committed to promoting and supporting architects in delivering better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.


More than one in five buildings in the UK pre-date 1919 and the competence of qualified practitioners in the diverse field of conservation practice is essential. Our historic environment is one of the UK’s most valuable assets and it is passed on, cherished and valued from generation to generation.

RIBA believes that architects have a primary role in identifying the potential challenges of historic buildings, areas and places, including managing change in a sustainable manner. Architects find design solutions including the repair, maintenance, adaptation and re-use of historic buildings and places that sustains and promotes their cultural significance.

As well as accredited qualified architects on the RIBA Conservation Register, we also provide leadership and support for members and practices through our Conservation Group (CG). The CG seeks to represent the diverse and exciting work being undertaken by the heritage sector, with its key focus on building conservation. It works closely with the RIBA Conservation Register Steering Group to ensure the Conservation Register assessment criteria are fair, relevant, and maintain a high level of professional competence among conservation architects.

Further reading

RIBA Books publishes books on architectural heritage and conservation.

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