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Who are the ARB & RIBA?

The RIBA Headquarters in London

You may not have heard of them but you have benefited from their work.

The ARB (Architects Registration Board) are an independent statutory regulator who manage the profession of Architects in the UK ensuring standards are maintained by protecting the title ‘Architect’, & in turn protecting clients.

What does this mean? Only those who can prove they have the required qualifications & experience are granted permission by the ARB to practice as ‘Architects’ & use the title.

How do the ARB prevent people using the title ‘Architect’ without permission? It is a criminal offence for anyone to offer services as an Architect if they are not registered to do so; & if found guilty, may face a fine or jail time.

How can I check if someone is a registered Architect? The register of Architects is maintained by the ARB & made available to the public online.

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The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) are a chartered body separate from the ARB, & membership to the institution is not compulsory for Architects; however in becoming a chartered member Architects demonstrate they are committed to continuing their professional development & meet the high standards of the organisation.

How have the RIBA improved the practice of Architecture for clients? The Royal Institute of British Architects provide various guides accessible to clients about engaging an Architect, terms of appointment for Architects, & the clients responsibilities throughout the design/build process.

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The ‘RIBA Plan of Work’ is an example of how the institution has helped clients understand the stages of designing & building a project with key objectives & tasks along the way, & is adopted by many professions.

0 - Strategic definition.

1 - Preparation and brief.

2 - Concept design.

3 - Developed design.

4 - Technical design.

5 - Construction.

6 - Handover and close out.

7 - In Use.

Link | RIBA Plan of Work

By maintaining a high standard of education, enforcing a professional code of conduct, & educating the public on the role of Architects, the ARB & RIBA ensure the use of the title ‘Architect’ is protected & reserved for those who have the necessary qualifications & experience to provide a professional service that gives clients peace of mind.

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