What is an RIBA Chartered Practice?

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What is an RIBA Chartered Practice?

RIBA stands for the Royal Institute of British Architects which is a global professional membership body, driving excellence in architecture. With members all over the world the RIBA sets the standard for educational and professional excellence globally, within the profession.

The RIBA was founded in 1834 for ‘the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith’.

In order to qualify as a ‘RIBA Chartered Practice’ a practice must supply evidence of its compliance with the following criteria:

  • At least one of the full-time Principals (Director or Partner) in the Architects' practice must be a Chartered Member of RIBA
  • All architectural work must be under the supervision of a Chartered Architect
  • At least 1 in 8 of all staff employed in the Architect's practice must be a registered Architect (on ARB register) or Chartered Architectural Technologist (CIAT member) with RIBA Affiliate membership
  • At least 1 in 10 of all staff employed in the Architect’s practice must be a Chartered Architect (i.e. chartered RIBA member)
  • The architects' practice must have a current Professional Indemnity Insurance policy appropriate for the work undertaken.
  • The architects' practice must operate an appropriate Quality Management System
  • The architects' practice must operate an appropriate Health and Safety Policy.
  • The architects' practice must have a written Employment Policy in place which address the principles of the RIBA policy statement on employment.
  • The architects' practice must have an appropriate CPD Framework in place.

ARNI architects follow all of the above criteria in order to ensure our work is second to none, meets the standards required by the RIBA and that we are always moving forward with the times. Being an RIBA Chartered Practice means we are constantly ensuring our excellence in accordance with RIBA standards.

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