IMPORTANT Read the RIBA's latest COVID-19 advice and information | Website terms of use and cookie statement

Become a RIBA Chartered Practice

Build on your hard work and success

Communicate your commitment to delivering the highest quality professional services, ethical and best practice standards in architecture. Win more work.

As a RIBA Chartered Practice, you differentiate yourself every time you use the exclusive RIBA Chartered Practice logo and site signboards. Unlock access to our unique Find an Architect service and get support making the best decisions for your practice with our 24/7 business helpline.

RIBA Chartered Practice UK Membership form Make an enquiry

Register your practice today and get the rest of 2021 for free

We welcome practices outside the UK. Find out how to join the RIBA Chartered Practice accreditation scheme.

RIBA Chartered Practice membership 2021

Win More Work

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

  • unlock access to our unique Find an Architect service, matching the right clients looking to work with a practice like yours. Find an Architect attracts 60,000 visitors per month, clients submit millions of pounds worth of projects
  • get opportunities to promote your practice and meet potential clients at consumer and industry shows
  • use our Client Referrals service, which matches you with new opportunities and produces shortlists of practices for clients to choose from
  • network across 70 local, member-run branches and connect with other RIBA members via meet-ups, building tours, talks and social events.
  • approach one of our 10 local RIBA offices throughout the UK for advice about a local issue or to get involved
  • get involved with a local region or chapter, if you're thinking of working or you are based outside the UK
Image credit: Satish and Rebecca from Satish Jassal Architects. Photographer - Richard Lea-Hair.
RIBA Chartered Practice membership 2021

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. You can:

  • 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 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
  • get exclusive, free access to the beta version of the new RIBA Fee Calculator, developed with RIBA Chartered Practices. When launched, the tool will be made available to all on a subscription basis and discounted to RIBA Chartered Practices
Image credit: Estelle, Marlena and Evelyn from HLP Design. Photographer - Richard Lea-Hair.
RIBA Chartered Practice membership 2021

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
Image credit: Stephanie, Chris and Matthew from Drome Architects. Photographer - Richard Lea-Hair.

Save money on RIBA products and services

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

  • RIBA Pension Solution
  • RIBA Vehicle Programme  
  • Cyber security and training
  • RIBA Design Service
  • RIBA Site Signboards Service
  • 35% recruiter discount at RIBA Jobs
  • 20% discount on CPD Club tickets
  • 30% discount on In-Practice CPD
  • discounted venue hire in London and Liverpool
  • an introductory offer to NBS Chorus - RIBA Chartered Practices receive an introductory discount on new NBS Chorus subscriptions

Read more information about saving money with these bespoke products and services

Image credit: Matty and Stephanie from Studio RBA. Photographer - Richard Lea-Hair.

Eligibility criteria

To become a RIBA Chartered Practice, your practice must meet the following criteria:

  • at least one of your full-time principals (Director or Partner) must be a RIBA Chartered Member
  • at least one in eight of all staff must be a RIBA Chartered Member  and all of your architectural work must be supervised by a RIBA Chartered 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 view the Criteria and Standards 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.

Main image credit: Sammy-Jo, Magda, Tara, Lanre and Julia from Gbolade Design Studio. Photographer - Richard Lea-Hair.

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.

Our current corporate RIBA members are:

AECOM, AHR, AHMM, Allies and Morrison, BDP, Benoy, Broadway Malyan, Chapman Taylor, DarntonB3, Donald Insall, EPR, FCB Studios, Foster + Partners, HTA Design, NPS Group/HBS, Perkins Will, Pick Everard, Scott Brownrigg, and Sheppard Robson

Other membership categories you might be interested in

keyboard_arrow_up To top