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​​Become a RIBA Client Adviser

The next Client Adviser submission deadline is 30 April 2024.

RIBA Client Advisers guide clients through the process of commissioning buildings, helping them to maximise the value and quality of their projects.

The RIBA Client Adviser is a RIBA-accredited role that meets the need for independent advice among various client groups.

RIBA accredited Client Advisers are experienced professionals that can provide impartial and informed advice from the earliest stages of the client’s project. They can draw up a business case, prepare the project brief, help select the right practice, set up and lead the project team or manage the procurement on behalf of the client.

The new RIBA professional services contract for Client Advisers, aligned with the RIBA Plan of Work 2020, recognises the strategic role of Client Advisers at the preliminary stages of a project and is available to use via RIBA Contracts Digital and in paper format.

If you would like to apply to join the Client Adviser Register, please see the Application Form and Application Guidance document.

In your application, please complete your ‘expertise sectors’ using the following categories where possible:

  • Housing – private
  • Housing - commercial
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Local authority
  • Humanitarian/resilience/disaster recovery
  • Other: please provide detail

How to apply

You do not need to be a member of the RIBA to apply to be a RIBA Client Adviser, but if you are accepted by the Assessment Panel you will either need to become a member or you will have to pay an additional £150 subscription before your name can be added to the RIBA Client Adviser Register.

Please note that you need to be a registered architect in order to become a RIBA Client Adviser.

All applications are assessed by a RIBA Client Adviser Assessment Panel.

Please send your completed application to by 30 April 2024.


Fees for membership to the RIBA Client Adviser Register are charged at £310 per annum.

Please email Client Adviser for more information.

If you are looking to work with a RIBA Client Adviser, please see the RIBA Client Adviser register.

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