Is your architect RIBA/ARB registered?

If you’ve employed an architect for a planning project you’re undertaking, you might notice a string of letters after their name, including RIBA, ARB or even both. These abbreviations displayed show the architect is a chartered Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) member and is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

RIBA is made up of men and women in the United Kingdom who work or have a vested interest in the field of architecture. Memberships range from fellow and student to affiliate, associate and chartered. From small to large, an architecture practice can also become RIBA chartered. However only a fully qualified architect can become a chartered member and add RIBA after their name.

RIBA aims to set a standard for professional and educational excellence in architecture internationally. It campaigns on behalf of architects and the issues important to them, supporting and protecting those qualified in the profession and issuing awards for excellence.

While not mandatory, architects with RIBA following their name demonstrate their commitment to the highest level of both ethical and professional standards. If the architect working on your project is a chartered member of RIBA, you can be confident in their level of expertise and dedication to providing high-quality work.

Registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB)

While becoming a member of RIBA isn’t compulsory and not all architects select to do so, every individual involved in either designing or constructing buildings must be registered with the ARB.

Established in 1997 by Parliament, the ARB was created to regulate the profession of architect in the United Kingdom. An independent organisation, the ARB protects architects and the public interest alike, regulating architects and ensuring high working standards are maintained in the profession.

Since the Architects Act of 1997, the ARB has kept a register of UK architects and recognised and prescribed the necessary qualifications required to be an architect. It works to ensure all UK architects meet high standards set out by the ARB, regarding both conduct and working practices.

As a UK regulator, the ARB also investigates complaints received about the competence or conduct of an architect. It also makes certain that only individuals on the official register are offering their services to the public as a qualified architect.

As well as being a regulator for conduct and practice, the ARB is also a resource for finding a qualified architect and acts as the UK’s foremost competent authority for architects.

Employing the services of an architect who is not ARB registered should be avoided at all costs as you’ll be unable to verify their skill or competence or be sure they have the necessary qualifications to carry out work correctly. Unregistered, any work they undertake will not be regulated. Using an ARB registered architect, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re getting designs provided by a competent professional and to a good standard.

If you’re looking for architects to design house extensions in Macclesfield, Chester and Wirral, make sure they’re RIBA and ARB registered professionals for services you can depend on.

Posted by Mark
December 4, 2019
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