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Brexit - RIBA Membership FAQs

Brexit - RIBA Membership FAQs

This briefing outlines responses to questions we have been asked by current and prospective members.

  • today 03 January 2018
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The RIBA is a global professional membership body with members from over 115 countries around the world. The EU referendum does not affect our membership criteria or our position as an inclusive membership body and we are delighted to have such a diverse membership from around the world.

This briefing outlines responses to frequently asked questions we have been asked by current and prospective members. If you have any questions about RIBA membership that are not covered here or want to discuss your current or future membership of the RIBA please email or call +44(0)20 7307 3686.

I am a non-British EU citizen, can I still join?

Yes and we would be delighted to welcome you as a member. We are an inclusive global professional membership body and we welcome architects who have qualified from around the world, students of architecture and built-environment co-professionals. If you would like to talk to someone about joining the RIBA, please contact or call +44(0)20 7307 3686.

As a non-British EU citizen, what are the implications of Brexit on my RIBA membership now and in the future?

The UK’s departure from the EU does not affect our membership criteria, or the status of an individuals’ membership. Non-British EU citizens will continue to enjoy the same membership rights as British members and as they did before the EU referendum.

What will happen to my membership if I decide to move back to Europe?

We are committed to supporting our members wherever they are in the world and you will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits of membership.

Now that the UK is leaving the EU, will the RIBA change the eligibility criteria for architects who qualified in mainland Europe?

No. Through our recent changes to our Chartered membership criteria, we will continue to embrace and support architects from the EU and around the world, demonstrating our commitment to being a truly inclusive and progressive organisation and profession.

Should I wait until there is more information about my right to live and work in the UK before applying for RIBA membership?

In the immediate term, no changes will occur as a direct result of the vote to leave the EU. UK citizens will maintain the ability to work in the EU and UK employers will be free to employ nationals of any EU member state.

The rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK is one of the key issues in the Brexit negotiations – both the UK Government and EU leaders have made clear their desire to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and the RIBA has called on the Government to make this a priority and provide as much certainty as possible for European architects practising in the UK.

The European Professional Qualifications Directives (EPQD) provides for the mutual recognition of professions across the EU. Ensuring that qualifications continue to be recognised on a reciprocal basis is another key policy priority for the RIBA and we are committed to making the case for this with Government.

RIBA is committed to being an inclusive global membership body. We are the voice and advocate for our members from over 115 countries around the world. We work with government to champion the value that an architect brings and to achieve change to help our members engage with the challenges and opportunities of a changing world – we will continue to do this throughout and after the Brexit debate.

If you would like to discuss your application for membership, please contact or call +44(0)20 7307 3686

What will the RIBA be doing to support architects through the UK's exit from the EU?

The RIBA will continue to champion our members, collaborate with other organisations and support our members through Britain’s exit from the EU:

We are championing our members

We are working tirelessly to get the best Brexit deal possible for architects. We listened to the profession’s concerns and priorities through a survey of RIBA members in November 2016, which was the basis of our Global by Design report, published in January 2017. Global by Design outlines five areas the Government must prioritise in order to ensure that UK architecture continues to grow as a truly innovative, creative and global profession, post-Brexit. We are making the case for the profession with Government through research, policy recommendations and meetings with ministers and officials across Whitehall.

Collaboration with other organisations

The RIBA is working with organisations across the construction, professional services and creative sectors to ensure that the interests of architects are represented in the Brexit debate. This includes a statement of joint priorities with RICS, RTPI and CIOB, through membership of Creative Industries Council to ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to do business. We are also working with our regional branches, colleagues in RIAS, RSUA and RSAW, the Architects Council of Europe and key industry stakeholders and working together to lead the debate in the best interests of all our members.

Helping our members adapt to the new environment

Political and financial upheaval can create opportunities as well as challenges. The new circumstances we find ourselves in will require practices to be light on their feet and work with their clients to find and act on those opportunities. Architects are at their best when they can shape and respond to the changing world around us - the RIBA is committed to providing our members with the skills and support they will need.

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