An RIBA Chartered Architect will supply you with much more than just the drawings for your project, whether it is a design for your home or your business or a master plan for future developments.

You and your team will be fully involved in creating a tailored solution for your requirements. An architect has the experience to see your project safely through design, planning and building regulations, and construction to completion.

A sound working relationship between you and your architect will contribute significantly to the success of a project. Time spent in preliminary discussion about the requirements, the timetable, the budget, and the nature and cost of professional resources required and their cost, is time well spent.

Your architect can provide a range of services. For a building project, these include:

  • investigating the feasibility of the requirements
  • developing design proposals
  • applying for statutory approvals
  • preparing construction information
  • obtaining tenders for building work
  • administering a building contract.

An architect works with a broad palette of skills and can provide or arrange other services connected with the project such as interior design, landscaping or making measured surveys of a site or building.

Your architect’s skills are not only relevant to a building project but may be applied to related issues, including such diverse matters as strategic planning for a property development company and the design or selection of furniture and fittings.

Architects practising in the UK who are registered with the ARB and are also Chartered Members of the RIBA are entitled to describe themselves as ‘Chartered Architects’ and to use the suffix RIBA after their name.

Appointing a RIBA Chartered Architect for your project provides you with assurance that your architect:

  • has satisfied the stringent standards of educational qualifications and practice experience required for Chartered Membership of the RIBA
  • is committed to the shared professional and learned values of the RIBA
  • maintains his or her professional standards in practice through compliance with the RIBA’s mandatory requirements for continuing professional development (CPD)
  • has access to the extensive knowledge base of the RIBA.