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RIBA Membership for Retired Architects

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Retired chartered membership

As a Retired Chartered Member, you can access a range of exclusive benefits and services that will ensure you can continue to enjoy all the perks of RIBA Membership for a reduced fee.

RIBA Retired Chartered Membership is acknowledgement that you have completed a career in architecture and hold a lifetime of expertise in this field.

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RIBA Membership benefits from as little as £7.33 a month

As a fully retired architect, you can retain your title as an RIBA Chartered Member (Retired) and use the affix without having to be ARB registered, maintain your Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

RIBA retired membership

Stay connected

Being connected to clients, other architects and the latest developments in the profession is invaluable, and RIBA Membership makes this possible. You can:

  • join one of over 70 local member-run branches and connect with other RIBA members via meet-ups, building tours, talks and social events
  • approach one of our 10 local RIBA offices throughout the UK for advice about a local issue or to get involved
  • participate in UK branch volunteer initiatives such as architecture festivals, education projects and public exhibitions
RIBA retired membership

Stay supported and represented

Continue to receive advice and support about the issues of interest to you as a retired professional, and continue actively lobbying government to influence change. You can:

  • borrow books or request article or periodical photocopies by post for a nominal fee via the telephone Library Enquiry Service
  • receive regular updates on RIBA national policy progress in areas such as housing regulations, sustainability and Brexit
  • work with your RIBA regional office to campaign on the issues affecting your area
  • use the RIBA Information Centre for advice on any aspect of practice or research over the phone or online including run-off cover and liability, historical research, tracing former colleagues, giving talks on architecture or supporting a younger architect
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Stay inspired

We focus on the issues that matter most to our members. You can:

  • learn from some of the world's leading thinkers and makers through our series of talks and events
  • join over 150,000 people attending our events, exhibitions and talks each year and receive member rates or free entry
  • get in-depth analysis of the big issues affecting your profession - the RIBA Journal is carefully curated to cover the big issues, in-depth and with plenty of analysis, delivering the news and views you really need to see, in print and digital
  • join over 10,000 RIBA Members now accessing the RIBA Journal online
RIBA retired membership

Stay informed

As a RIBA member, you can:

  • access the largest architectural library in the world
  • access the most trusted sources through the RIBA library online catalogue and RIBA collections at Portland Place and the V&A in London
  • get a fresh perspective on architecture - receive regular updates, providing in-depth insight and analysis on professional issues

Eligibility Criteria

To become an RIBA Retired Chartered Member, you must meet the following criteria:

  • you must have previously been an RIBA Chartered member for a minimum of five years
    and

  • you must declare that you have completely retired from practice (in accordance with the in accordance with the Architect’s Registration Act 1997)
    and

  • if you are working, it must be less than seven hours per week and in a non-architectural profession

Download the declaration form at the top of this page, and register as a Retired Chartered Member today.

Membership subscription FAQs

We've put together a list of FAQs to help answer all of your queries about subscription fees for 2019. Read more below.

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Contact the RIBA Membership team directly:

Already a member? Contact the RIBA Information Centre's dedicated line with your membership number ready +44 (0)20 7307 3600

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