RIBA responds to Government sanctions against Russia

Our response to the new suite of sanctions in response to Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions.

30 September 2022

The UK Government has today announced a new suite of sanctions in response to Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions. Targeting vulnerable sectors of the Russian economy, the new export ban includes architectural services.

RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:

“The UK Government has announced new sanctions aimed at restricting Russia's access to professional business services, including architecture.

Whilst many of our members have already taken proactive steps and suspended their work and projects in the country, all Members and Chartered Practices must now ensure they adhere to the new restrictions. Please note that this adherence will be a legal obligation and failure to comply will result in serious consequences, including being in breach of RIBA Codes.

We will continue to work with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to assess how the sanctions will impact the sector. Our Ukraine crisis hub will be updated with the latest information and guidance.”

Any queries should be directed to support@riba.org.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Press contact: Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org.
  2. 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. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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