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RIBA responds to triggering of Article 50

Article 50 response

29 March 2017

As the British Government triggered Article 50, beginning the formal process of the UK exiting the European Union, the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Jane Duncan, has today (29 March 2017) written to all United Kingdom based members of the RIBA to offer her assurances that the Institute will continue to support them and serve as a strong voice for the profession as the nations of the UK navigate a new relationship with the EU and the rest of the world.

Duncan writes:

“RIBA Chief Executive Alan Vallance and I have been regularly meeting with Government ministers to take your thoughts and concerns right to the heart of Government. We have taken the invaluable feedback you provided in our recent Brexit survey to produce the Global by Design report, which will help shape these conversations going forward. I was encouraged that mutual recognition of professional qualifications, a key concern for many of you, was recognised within the Government’s Brexit White Paper.

“EU citizens, from outside the UK – people who we count as colleagues, friends and family - make a significant contribution to our profession. We would like to assure these colleagues that we are continuing to press Government to ensure your rights are protected as a matter of priority.

“The RIBA has also been working with colleagues across the built environment and the creative industries. In September, I joined fellow Presidents from the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute to set out key asks for our sector. We have also been working with leading creative bodies and businesses as a member of the Creative Industries Council, and with other professional services organisations via the government’s Professional and Business Services Council to ensure that your views are reflected and listened to.

“The RIBA is a strong voice because it is a collective voice, and we will continue to represent you, to fight for your rights and future prosperity and we will champion your talents across the UK, Europe and the world.”


Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information contact:

    Howard Crosskey, RIBA Press Office
  2. RIBA’s Global by design report can be found here.
  3. RIBA’s Brexit Membership FAQs on are updated regularly and act as an online resource for the architecture profession.
  4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.
  5. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates

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