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The Compact

The Compact

The Compact

Working collaboratively to meet the RIBA Compact obligations

Help inform the RIBA Compact and take part in our trial

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.

Why now?

The RIBA Compact Timeline 2015-2022
The Compact timeline 2015-2022

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.  

What's involved in the trial?

This summer, we welcome students/graduates, schools of architecture and practices from any location to test out the RIBA Compact obligations and provide us with feedback. Initially, each participant will be asked to review the relevant obligations and take steps to start meeting them – and we’ll ask you for feedback a few weeks later, so we can act upon any concerns or questions.

As a student or graduate wanting to take part, chat to your employment mentor and your Professional Studies Advisor (PSA). While it's likely that the main benefits may be for Part 1 graduates taking their first steps in practice, those working towards Part 3/supporting graduates at this stage can also join in. 

Some of the obligations are what may be considered as general good practice, whereas others may take more time to work through. If you are new to working in practice, then the regular catch ups you would expect to have with your mentor or manager might provide a good opportunity to review the RIBA Compact together.  As a mentor, there may be some new ideas to support your student and incorporate into everyday practice. If you are a Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) you can provide details of the support offered to students undertaking experience following graduation and help assist with any queries they or their mentor may have.

For the trial to be a success, each participant will need to work together with the other relevant parties. We’ll be managing your feedback through two short surveys and optional discussion groups to get your views. The feedback will allow us to build a useful and supportive tool for use by students, schools of architecture, practices and the RIBA.

We’ll be in regular contact with you throughout the trial, discussing progress and answering any questions you may have, while working to meet our obligations too.

Download our related resources

We’ve developed a number of resources to support you as you trial the RIBA Compact.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, ideas or feedback, you can contact the RIBA Education team, get in touch via email at: compact@riba.org

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