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Applying for RIBA Chartered Membership via MEAP

If you’re an architect registered and practising outside the UK and EU, you can apply for RIBA Chartered Membership through the Membership Eligibility Assessment Panel (MEAP).

The MEAP is a panel of highly experienced academics and practitioners who meet to discuss applications from international architects and academics who do not hold RIBA-recognised qualifications, but want to become RIBA Chartered Members.

The MEAP process is very straightforward and can be completed online. Applicants are first asked to demonstrate their eligibility (Stage 1), and then to submit a more detailed application and digital portfolio (Stage 2). The panel usually meets every two months to consider Stage 2 applications.


To be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership via MEAP you must usually have studied architecture for a minimum of five years, and will have completed at least five years' professional practical experience.

Please note that the MEAP route is only available to architects based outside the UK.

If you have less than five years' professional practical experience, you may still apply for MEAP, but first need to complete a MEAP access course.

Applying for the MEAP

Please register your interest in MEAP by completing the MEAP Stage 1 application form.

Once we’ve confirmed your eligibility, you can progress to your MEAP Stage 2 application.

If MEAP doesn't apply to you, there are other routes to RIBA membership.

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