The RIBA Compact is an ethical framework with a series of obligations for students, practices, schools of architecture and the RIBA to meet. The aim is to make a mutual commitment to improve the experience of students moving into the workplace after graduating from Part 1 or Part 2. The RIBA Compact will enter a trialling phase this summer, with the objective of implementing the obligations as a RIBA Chartered Practice requirement from 2022.
By working collaboratively to ease the transition from academia to a practice environment, those signed up for the trial are helping develop best practice for the future benefit of the profession
The trial is now underway and we are no longer accepting sign-ups.
In 2015 the RIBA Education Review identified various challenges for students around moving from academia to the workplace. In 2020, the RIBA launched The Way Ahead, our new Education and Professional Development Framework, signifying a new direction for architectural education and continuing professional development, with a greater emphasis on health and life safety, the climate emergency and professional ethics.
Further research and evidence identify some prominent issues for the next generation of architects, including: standards for pay; agreement of hours worked and arrangements for overtime; wellbeing in the workplace and fair access to opportunities.
We recognise that change is needed to address these issues. Trialling the RIBA Compact will allow architecture practices and students to help shape the final obligations and demonstrate their commitment to the highest workplace standards. Schools of architecture play a vital role in educating the future profession and the new RIBA validation procedures and criteria place emphasis on professional skills and signposting students to support on offer throughout their studies, including time spent in practice.