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Free RIBA Student Membership

RIBA Student Membership 2021

Reach your full potential

Inspiring future architects for a sustainable tomorrow.

We help the architects of the future to flourish and shine - locally and across the globe - through community, education and recognition. Supporting your journey from study to practice, with access to specialist resources, learning and mentoring, we unite emerging architects to shape the future of the profession. We spotlight your talent, represent your needs and demonstrate the positive societal impact of your work. As a RIBA Student Member, you can apply for a range of bursaries, accelerate your career and increase your knowledge of the big issues in architecture. Join a community of emerging talent for FREE* today and become a global guardian of architectural excellence.

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The benefits of free student membership

As a student on a RIBA recognised Part 1 or 2 course or during a year out between Part 1 and Part 2, you are entitled to FREE membership.

RIBA Student Membership 2021

Learn from inspiring projects and get everyday practical support

Access support and resources across a wide range of issues:

  • unlock news, stories and opinion from the wider world of architecture and the built environment, written by experts and addressing current issues in the field
  • advice and guidance on career resilience, portfolios, presenting projects, interviews and how to open up opportunities
  • join 1,000+ students learning from and being inspired by 570+ RIBA chartered members across 345+ RIBA Chartered Practices on our student mentoring programme
  • monthly original newsletter packed full of content and practical advice
  • exclusive digital and telephone access to our solution-focused Information Service Member Contact Centre and Servicing team, connecting you to the right guidance and resources
  • talk to your local, regional or overseas chapter for help and advice
  • access peer networking opportunities at hundreds of digital and face-to-face events and get ready for the world of professional practice
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RIBA Student Membership 2021

A fresh perspective and first-hand knowledge from industry leaders

Access in-depth and up-to-date insight and analysis on professional issues, and online learning portal packed with resources: 

  • Our online RIBA Academy supports your studies and helps you to impact the future of the profession and our planet, with a wide range of topics including:
  • safety
  • ethics and law
  • marketing
  • finance
  • legislation
  • GDPR
  • building regulations


  • hundreds of hours of free learning content, plus a 20% discount on pay-as-you-go expert learning 
  • access the nationwide RIBA core CPD programme for just £18 per seminar
  • up to 20% discount on the cost of other inspiring professional events - discover new ways to acquire opportunities, overcome challenges and more
  • exclusive RIBA Student Member-only events
  • benefit from the world’s largest architectural library. Join over 6,500 visitors to the Library at 66 Portland Place and the Study Room at the V&A, celebrating the past, inspiring the future and showcasing architecture’s positive impact on society


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RIBA Student Membership 2021

Celebrate academic excellence in architecture

We reward talent, promote innovation and encourage excellence in architecture through opportunities including:

  • access to internationally respected competitions - get your work promoted online, in exhibitions and in RIBA publications
  • our Part 1 and Part 2 scholarships, bursaries and Student Support Fund provide financial support for students who need it most, with over £200,000 allocated every year
  • RIBA Student Awards and Presidents Medals - gain professional recognition through these celebrations of innovation and excellence
  • stand as a candidate in RIBA National Council elections 
Image credit: Magda from Gbolade Design Studio. Photographer - Richard Lea-Hair.
RIBA Student Membership 2021

Add your voice and make a difference in the world

As a RIBA Student Member, you’ll add your voice to a global membership of 50,000+ individuals, supporting our progressive campaigns on big issues like diversity and inclusion in architecture, and the climate emergency.

  • support the conservation and safeguarding of one of the world’s biggest architectural collections, engaging the public with compelling exhibitions all year round
  • support our work to deliver architectural workshops to thousands of children in schools across the country introducing them to architecture
  • demonstrate your commitment to the highest standards in education, encouraging others to follow your journey towards a career in architecture
  • support the work of the RIBA National Council
  • Join us today and become part of something BIGGER, as we work as one to create a better future through architecture. 

    *Students on RIBA validated courses only.

    Image credit: Daniel, Yoana and Nita from MawsonKerr. Photographer - Richard Lea-Hair.

Join now

RIBA Student Membership is free and available to those studying RIBA Parts 1 or 2 (or are in their year out between Part 1 and Part 2) at a RIBA validated school of architecture anywhere in the world. If you have already passed your Part 1, you now also have the option to upgrade to paid for RIBA Affliate Membership if you want to.


Get in touch

Contact the RIBA Membership Development team:

Already a member? Call RIBA Contact Centre and Membership Servicing’s dedicated line with your membership number ready at: +44 (0)20 7307 5355

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