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Become a RIBA Chartered Member

Individual Chartered Membership

RIBA individual membership

Chartered Membership

Being part of the RIBA is a way of demonstrating you are dedicated to what you do.

By joining the RIBA not only will you be making a clear statement about your commitment to your profession, you’ll also be joining a network of over 42,000 members who are recognised globally as being the very best in the industry. Membership gives you access to a whole host of benefits and opportunities, guidance and support, and connections to others in your industry.

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Benefits from £17.17 a month*

Show clients and employers your commitment to professional and ethical standards

RIBA chartered membership - be connected

Be outstanding

RIBA Chartered Membership says a lot about you. Your colleagues, clients and peers will know instantly you are committed to professional excellence, and that you are able to demonstrate exemplary professional and ethical standards, In other words, it says you are one of the best...

  • use the ‘RIBA’ letters after your name and the title ‘Chartered Architect’
  • use the RIBA crest on your website, business cards or drawings
  • be included in the public directory of RIBA Chartered Members. If you run your own studio, apply to become a RIBA Chartered practice to be included in the commercial Find an Architect directory
  • use RIBA red site signboards if you are a partner or director of your own practice
  • enter the RIBA Regional, National and International awards and competitions
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Be supported

Being connected to clients, other architects and the latest developments in the profession is invaluable. RIBA Membership makes this possible, and we're here to support you at every stage of your career.

  • access specialist knowledge on topics such as BIM, procurement or the RIBA Plan of Work, by phone or email
  • free legal advice on issues such as CDM regulations, intellectual property, employment issues, fees and contract issues with clients
  • join one of over 70 local member-run branches and connect with other RIBA members via meet-ups, building tours, talks and social events
  • for advice about a local issue or to get involved, you can approach one of our 11 local RIBA offices throughout the UK
  • if you're based outside the UK, get involved with chapters in the UAE, Hong Kong or the USA
Access to free or low cost training providers

Be Informed

Knowledge is the key to progression and development. We help our members acquire as much as possible by hosting CPD events, conferences and workshops right across the UK with:

  • free CPD sessions via CPD roadshows across the country on 25 dates in 18 locations
  • member-only rates for the RIBA Core Curriculum, voted by RIBA members as the industry’s 10 most essential skills this year
  • member-only rates for RIBA courses including Principal Designer, Conservation and Future Leaders
  • CPDs in business skills such as digital marketing, networking and team-building
  • maintain your CPD records online with free access to the RIBA’s CPD recording system
  • receive a free subscription to monthly RIBA Journal
  • access 2,500+ articles on architectural practice, culture and opinion online free via RIBAJ.com (print and digital subscription worth £158)
RIBA chartered membership - be inspired

Be represented and inspired

We share your passion for architecture, and develop thought-provoking exhibitions and cultural events to stimulate your creativity and appeal to the wider public. We champion the highest standards of professional and ethical standards, actively lobbying government to influence change using feedback and opinions from you.

  • receive regular updates on RIBA national policy progress in areas such as housing regulations, sustainability, and Brexit 
  • work with your RIBA regional office to campaign on issues affecting your area
  • member rates or free entry to RIBA’s exciting calendar of events, talks, tours and exhibitions across the country and internationally
  • use the RIBA Library and V&A collection to access the world’s largest collection of architectural books, journals, drawings and photographs  in person and online

How it works

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Eligibility Criteria

IN UK 

to become a Chartered member, you need 1 of the following:

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

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 2 years of professional practical experience 
  • OR
    RIBA Parts 1 and 2 with at least 2 years professional post-qualification experience

  • OR
    Proof of full architect membership of one of 12 international institutes

  • Fill out an application form to apply for Chartered Membership from outside the UK

*fees are calculated based on your qualifying criteria, and date of application.

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

Need Help?

We have a wide range of membership packages available. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you decide which best suits your needs.

Already a member? Contact the RIBA Information Centre's dedicated line with your membership number ready +44 (0)20 7307 3600

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