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The Compact

The Compact

The RIBA Education Review identified various challenges for students relating to the transition from academia to the workplace environment. More recent research such as the 2019 Architects' Journal student survey identified prominent issues for the next generation of architects as career development, wellbeing in the workplace and fair access to opportunities. 

The RIBA is aiming to address these in a new initiative, The Compact, which promotes best practice and aims to strengthen the relationships between graduates, practices, schools and the RIBA, for the future benefit of the profession.  

The Compact draws together obligations which all parties must meet, committing to a level of mutual responsibility in improving practical experience outcomes. 

The requirements of the Compact are likely to become a mandatory component of the Chartered Practice requirements from 2021, and form part of the RIBA school of architecture validation procedures from the 2020/21 academic year. Each set of obligations will be evaluated following feedback after the pilot, which will run from January to June 2020. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s involved? 

The pilot of the Compact will take place between January and June 2020. We’ll ask participating students, practices and schools to adhere to the obligations whilst we provide guidance and conversation during the pilot. Following an analysis of the pilot phase, we will identify any changes that need to be made to the Compact obligations, and seek to embed them as appropriate into Chartered Practice criteria and/or revisions to the Codes of Conduct or guidance underpinning them.  RIBA visiting boards will request to see evidence of a school of architecture’s compliance from the 2020/21 academic year. 

Why take part? 

Help support the next generation of architects and develop the Compact with us to ensure it works for all participants. Participants will be promoting best practice and helping to shape the RIBA’s future standards on ethics and wellbeing.

Who can join the pilot?

We are looking for students undertaking (or about to start) practical experience, either post-Part 1 or building up to taking their Part 3. Plus, their employment mentor and professional studies advisor, all of whom can work together alongside the RIBA, to help make the experience a success. Any practice or firm employing architecture students or graduates can take part too, from any location.

Where do I sign up or find out more?

Please contact the RIBA Education team at to express an interest in taking part in the Compact pilot.

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