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RIBA Chartered Membership

Be recognised globally for the highest standards

RIBA sets the standard for you to lead, we provide you with the everyday practical resources you need, shine a light on your work and represent your views. RIBA campaigns hard to protect you and your profession, by joining us, you can help us do more.

Demonstrate your commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards, support your career advancement, grow your network and access everyday practical resources by becoming a RIBA Chartered Member. Only RIBA Chartered Members can use the RIBA letters after their name.

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RIBA Chartered membership

Everyday practical support

We provide a range of practical tools developed by architects for architects to help with your daily tasks. You can:

  • unlock hundreds of professional features on architecture.com, written by architects and experts for architects just like you
  • access RIBA publications, guidance and approved documents valued at £250+VAT and if you need them, we will give you 50% discount on RIBA Contracts online too 
  • keep up with the big issues and the small details for architecture and the built environment with desktop and mobile access to hundreds of RIBA Journal articles and you get your print copy every month (retails at £180 + vat)
  • unlock advice and guidance on career resilience, getting the best out of your portfolio, confidently presenting your projects, impressing at interview, or just figuring out what steps to take next to open up the best opportunities just for you.

Join online today to access these benefits and more

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RIBA Chartered Membership 2021

Add your voice and make a difference in the world

Join over 150,000 people attending our events, exhibitions and talks each year.

  • as a RIBA Chartered Member, you add your voice to a global membership of over 50,000 individuals, supporting the Institute in 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 and ensuring we reach out to the public with engaging exhibitions all year round.
  • help us deliver architectural workshops for thousands of children in schools all over the country
  • demonstrating your commitment to the highest standards in education will support others to take the same journey you have to be the architect you are today.

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RIBA Chartered Membership 2021

Access to member exclusive specialist knowledge, resources, expertise, and advice

Develop all the knowledge and skills you need to perform to the highest professional and ethical standards every day.

  • regulation, technology, and materials are always changing. As a Chartered Member you get a £200 voucher annually, to spend at RIBA Academy (from January 2022)
  • access to hundreds of hours of free learning content as well as 20% discount off the cost of paid as you go expert learning you need to stay on top of your game.  The RIBA Academy offers a wide range of topics including fire safety, ethics law, marketing, finance, legislation, GDPR and building regulations
  • receive up to a 20% discount off the cost of other professional events where you can discover new ways to take opportunities and overcome challenges or just be inspired by other great architects
  • exclusive digital and telephone access to our solution focused Information Service team, who will listen carefully to what you need and connect you with the guidance that’s right for you and Specialist Practice Consultants, who provide you with legal, technical, and professional support
  • talk to the RIBA team nearest to you for help and advice, network with your peers at hundreds of digital and face to face events or connect with your region, local Branch or RIBA Chapter overseas

Join online today to access these benefits and more.

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RIBA Chartered Membership

Let employers know you have achieved the highest standards in architecture

The RIBA affix is exclusive to RIBA Chartered Members for a reason.

  • as a Chartered Member you will have access to the RIBA brand, linking you directly to the Institute's global reputation for delivering the highest professional and ethical standards in architecture.  Over 61% of recently surveyed clients, said they sought out the RIBA affix when contracting with an architect.  
  • if you are a partner or director of your own practice, you can use the highly recognisable and trusted RIBA red site signboards on your projects too.
  • submit projects to our well respected and high-profile UK regional, national RIBA Awards, and our International Awards, which recognise and promote design innovation, sustainable technologies, and meaningful social impact in the UK and across the world.

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Eligibility criteria

IN UK 

to become a Chartered member, you need one of the following:

  • RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent**)
    OR
  • A qualification in architecture which is covered by the EU Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC)
    AND
    access to the profession of architect in the EU country in which the qualification was gained
    AND
    a minimum of two years of professional practical experience 

    JOIN online or fill out a PDF application form if you meet these criteria to apply from within the UK

OUTSIDE THE UK

to become a Chartered member, you need one of the following:

  • RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent**)
    OR
  • A qualification in architecture which is covered by the EU Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC)
    AND
    access to the profession of architect in the EU country in which the qualification was gained
    AND
    a minimum of two years of professional practical experience 
  • OR
    RIBA Parts 1 and 2 with at least two years professional post-qualification experience

  • OR
    Proof of full architect membership of one of 12 international institutes:
    • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus (BNA)
    • Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA)
    • Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
    • Japan Institute of Architects (JIA)
    • New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)
    • Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM)
    • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
    • Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)
    • Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
    • South African Institute of Architects (SAIA)
    • Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA)

JOIN online or fill out a PDF application form if you meet these criteria to apply from outside the UK

Read our frequently asked questions on how Brexit may affect RIBA eligibility criteria.

*fees are calculated based on your qualifying criteria, location, and date of application. Read our list of subscription fees FAQs for more information.

**includes ARB exemptions and some CAA courses gained before 2012. Please contact us for more details.

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