RIBA announces individual member fees for 2023

We've announced the 2023 annual subscription fees for individual members.

20 September 2022

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 2023 annual subscription fees for individual members.  

Following a price freeze in 2022 and reduction in 2021, the 2023 membership subscription rates will increase by £14-£30 per year. 

Support for those facing financial hardship, on lower incomes, or retired architects will continue. Free membership for Part 1 and Part 2 students at RIBA validated schools of architecture, and those on their year out between Part 1 and Part 2, will also continue.  

In 2023, the annual fee for the most common form of membership – a UK-based Chartered Member who has been qualified for over five years – will increase by £30 to £429. Fees for UK-based Chartered Members with less than five years’ experience will increase by £18 to £255. Fees for international Chartered Members with less than five years’ experience will increase by £14 to £204 and by £24 to £343 for those with more than five years’ experience.    

The fees for all other individual membership categories (Affiliate, Associate and Fellow) will also increase by 7.5%. 

RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:   

“In both personal and professional circumstances, the prices we’re paying for services and material goods are rising rapidly. As a membership body and business with an annual operational deficit to eradicate, RIBA is no exception.  

Following much discussion, this rise aims to keep fees as low as possible, while ensuring RIBA can continue to deliver the support and services members need. It’s also the first-time fees have increased for three years.   

From developing critical tools and CPD content, to guiding clients on the value of an architect, to celebrating architects and architecture and lobbying government to influence legislation and standards that positively impact society, we are working hard on behalf of all members.

Through feedback, we are continually refining our offer and streamlining our priorities and outputs to focus on the issues that matter.  

Over the past twelve months we have been creating a leaner, sustainable and member-focussed organisation – rationalising a staff structure that had grown unstrategically overtime, investing in technology to connect our growing global network, and reducing a property portfolio that remained surplus to requirements. It’s all with the intention of reducing the annual deficit from £8m to zero by 2023 – a target which remains firmly in sight. We’re also growing an endowment fund from the sale of NBS, a significant sum that will underpin our long-term future and be used to fund member-led initiatives across the globe. We have a bright future ahead.   

Being a RIBA member means being part of an inspiring and influential global professional network of skilled individuals with diverse backgrounds, knowledge and expertise. I look forward to continuing our work together, united in our ambition to be a collective force for good.”  

The 2023 membership fees have been approved by the membership’s elected representatives - the RIBA Council - and come into effect from 1 January 2023.  

2023 fees for Chartered Practices will be confirmed later this year. 

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