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Participate in the 2022 RIBA Council elections

The details you need to nominate, stand or vote in this year's elections.

12 May 2022

The Notice of Election for seats on RIBA Council, including the next RIBA President and RSAW President, has now been published. Read full details on how to nominate candidates, stand for election, and vote in this year’s elections.

How can I vote?

RIBA Members need to ensure they have their current email address registered with us by 17 May 2022 in order to vote. Voting will open on 28 June 2022 to members of all categories, globally, who joined on or before 23 April 2022.

Members who joined after this cut-off date won’t be able to vote in these elections. This new addition to our rules for 2022 has been under consideration since last year, and was approved by RIBA Council – our elected body of representatives – on 28 April 2022. A cut-off like this is standard practice in membership organisations like ours, some of which may require months before a member is able to vote in governance elections.

View the 2022 Election Rules.

How can I stand?

There are a number of seats available on the RIBA Council this year, including the RIBA President and RSAW President.

Find out more about the requirements for each role, including a separate role description for the RIBA President.

The nomination period for all roles on RIBA Council opens on 31 May 2022.

Since the previous round of Presidential elections, RIBA Council has made a number of improvements to recognise diversity of background, experience and skills, including broadening the examples of experience that candidates can include in their nomination statements.

We’re committed to reviewing and improving our election processes. In 2020, we stopped the long-standing previous requirement which allowed only Chartered Members to vote in the Presidential elections, thereby enfranchising Student, Affiliate and Associate Members. In 2021, Council voted to change the Regulations so that International Members would become eligible to stand and vote for four roles which were previously known as ‘national’ Council seats. This year we removed any requirement for Presidential candidates to have already been involved in RIBA governance before standing – thereby widening the potential pool of those eligible to stand.

We strongly encourage all individuals studying and working in architecture, as well as those with an interest in the built environment to become members to access our member benefits and get involved in shaping our activity. Student members can join, free of charge, from the beginning of their course and we have a rolling membership year which means you can join any category of membership at any time once you are eligible not just during an election cycle.

There are many ways to participate and influence our work whether you are a member or not, for example by attending events or engaging with local branches or chapter activity.

Once you are a member however you will be able to help shape our future in more formal ways, by either taking on volunteer opportunities or by voting, nominating candidates or perhaps even standing for a seat in future elections.

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