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RIBA Chartered Membership

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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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Join as a RIBA Chartered Member from £15.83 a month

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Everyday practical support

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

  • access a package of RIBA publications, guidance and approved documents valued at £350+VAT as well as a 50% discount on RIBA Contracts Online
  • access the latest regulations and legislation with information, publications and podcasts about the Construction Design and Management Regulations and how to take on the Principal Designer role
  • receive the RIBA Journal in print and digital, covering the big issues, in-depth and with plenty of analysis (retail value £180+VAT)
  • receive weekly original published content packed with practical advice for members about how to thrive in a changing regulatory and business environment
  • access exclusive retail, lifestyle and leisure offers

Join online today to access these benefits and more.

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Learn from inspiring projects and get in-depth analysis of the big issues

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

  • receive free or up to 50% discounted entry at all our architectural talks and events
  • join one of over 70 local, member-run branches and connect with other RIBA members via meet-ups, building tours, talks and social events
  • approach one of our ten local RIBA offices throughout the UK for advice about a local issue or to get involved
  • get involved with a region or chapter if you're based outside the UK

Join online today to access these benefits and more.

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Access to 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. You can:

  • get a 50% discount off the cost of the RIBA CPD Programme's wide range of topics including fire safety, ethics law, marketing, finance, legislation, GDPR and building regulations
  • receive up to a 50% discount off the cost of our professional events and discover new ways to take opportunities and overcome challenges
  • access to our Members Information Service team, who listen carefully to what you need before connecting you to a solution that works
  • access to our Specialist Practice Consultants, who provide you with legal, technical and professional support

Join online today to access these benefits and more.

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Commit to the highest standards

The RIBA affix is exclusive to RIBA Chartered Members for a reason. It means you can:

  • use the RIBA affix, title and crest to communicate your commitment to delivering to the highest professional and ethical standards in architecture
  • use the RIBA red site signboard if you are a partner or director of your own practice
  • enter the high-profile RIBA Awards, including the International Awards, which recognise and promote design innovation, sustainable technologies and meaningful social impact in the UK and across the world

Join online today to access these benefits and more.

Eligibility criteria


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

  • RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent**)


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

  • RIBA Parts 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent**)
  • A qualification in architecture which is covered by the EU Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC)
    access to the profession of architect in the EU country in which the qualification was gained
    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)
  • Fill out an application form to apply for Chartered Membership 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.

Top image: Shade Abdul. RIBA Chartered Member, Studio Shade Abdul. Photographed by Richard Lea-Hair

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