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Become a RIBA Chartered Practice

Become a RIBA Chartered Practice

RIBA Chartered Practice membership

Become a RIBA Chartered Practice and lead standards in the profession, access services that help you run your business and win more work.

We support our RIBA Chartered Practices by offering discounts on our products and services, providing 24/7 business support and guidance, and putting you in front of potential clients.

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RIBA Chartered Practice membership

Access exclusive exclusive benefits that will help your business develop and grow. Practices outside the UK are able to join the RIBA Chartered Practice accreditation scheme too.

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Get the tools your business needs

Becoming a RIBA Chartered Practice gives you access to a range of professional services and products to help you run your business.

  • Streamline your workload with the exclusive RIBA Chartered Practice toolbox containing guidance on quality management, environmental management, health and safety, employment and equality
  • Get support making the best decisions for your practice with our 24/7 business helpline to connect you with independent HR, health and safety and tax advisors
  • Benefit from expert advice on matters like legal issues, implementing a quality management system and ensuring compliance with new policies such as GDPR
  • Get high-quality business intelligence to see how your practice is performing against criteria such as profit, turnover, marketing spend, hourly rates and salaries
RIBA Chartered Practice membership

Win more work

We know that getting your practice in front of potential clients is your number one priority.

  • Exclusive listing on our online Find An Architect directory connects RIBA Chartered Practices with clients looking to work with a practice like yours, which attracts over 60,000 visitors a month
  • We provide opportunities for you to promote your practice and meet potential clients at consumer and industry shows
  • Our Client Referrals service matches you with new opportunities and produces shortlists of practices for clients to choose from
RIBA Chartered membership

Save money on RIBA products and services

RIBA Chartered Practices enjoy exclusive discounts on a range of products and services including:

  • RIBA pension scheme
  • CPD Club and in-practice courses
  • Recruitment services
  • Venue hire in London and Liverpool
RIBA Chartered Practice membership

Demonstrate best practice

Communicate your commitment to delivering the highest professional, ethical and best practice standards in architecture.

  • Being a RIBA Chartered Practice shows potential clients and employees that your business is committed to the highest standards of professionalism, best practice and ethics
  • RIBA Chartered Practices lead the profession in setting standards for ethics, equality, diversity and inclusion and fair pay
  • As a RIBA Chartered Practice, you differentiate yourself every time you use the exclusive RIBA Chartered Practice logo and site signboards

Benefits and services

Find out what's included in RIBA Chartered Practice membership in our benefits and services brochure,
or read our Chartered Practice Primer, designed to help practices considering RIBA Chartered Practice status to work towards compliance.

Eligibility Criteria

To become a RIBA Chartered Practice, your office must meet the following criteria. If registering more than one office, each one will need to demonstrate and declare that:

  • at least one of your full-time principals (Director or Partner) must be a RIBA Chartered Member and on the ARB register
  • at least one in 10 of all staff must be a RIBA Chartered Member  and all of your architectural work must be supervised by a RIBA Chartered Member
  • at least one in eight staff employed in your practice must be on the ARB register, an RIBA Associate Member or a RIBA Affiliate Member/CIAT member
  • your practice must commit to operating policies regarding best practice in: Employment; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Health and Safety; Environmental Management; and Quality Management

Further criteria apply; please see the RIBA Chartered Practice manual for full details.

*fees are based on eligibility criteria, practice size and date of application. Read our list of subscription fees FAQs for more information.

Top image taken at: O’Neil Associates, RIBA Chartered Practice

Does your practice have over 100 members of staff?

We recognise that a 'one size fits all' approach to RIBA Membership doesn’t suit all architectural practices - particularly larger ones. Find out if RIBA Corporate Membership is right for your practice.

RIBA Corporate membership

How it works

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Need help meeting the accreditation criteria? We're here to answer any questions you might have, and to provide the practical support required to help you accredit your practice as soon as possible.

If you're already a member and have a general enquiry, contact the RIBA Information Centre's dedicated line with your membership number ready +44 (0)20 7307 3600

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