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riba fellow membership

riba fellow membership

riba fellow membership gives us the opportunity to recognise our inspirational chartered members, the sometimes unsung heroes of the profession, who have made a real contribution to architecture, and the community.

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what makes a fellow of the riba is not set in stone – we are looking for inspiring figures that can represent the diversity, talent, and dynamism of architecture and the built environment. the attributes that lie at the heart of riba fellow membership are positive contributions to architecture; from working with poorer communities in your own country, to designing infrastructure abroad, and the desire to support, influence and affect change.

fellows of the riba are ambassadors for the profession and riba community, with membership providing a profile and platform to continue to affect change and celebrate architecture.

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why you should apply to be a riba fellow

be outstanding

as a riba fellow you will:

  • be recognised for your contributions to architecture and demonstrate your role as an influencer in your community through use of the friba affix
  • receive a fellows certificate confirming your new membership type
  • gain the industry status of a true ambassador for the future of architecture and the profession

be supported

we will endeavour to support the work of our fellows by:

  • providing you with bespoke support with a named point of contact within the riba
  • providing you with a new platform to establish your role and showcase your unique talents, your expert voice, and your positive influence as an ambassador for the profession and the riba
  • giving you opportunities to grow your network, make more connections and find new ways to develop how you contribute to architecture and inspire our communities

eligibility criteria

you must be a current riba chartered member to be eligible to apply, and demonstrate through your application that you meet three of the following five criteria:

  • you have led or played a proactive role in a project that has had a positive social or environmental impact at a local, regional, national, or international level
  • you have contributed to the advancement of thought leadership in architecture through education, research and development or use of technology
  • you have served on a local, regional, national or international working group that has affected change, influenced or supported architecture or the built environment
  • you have received an honour or an award for a significant contribution to architecture
  • you have made a significant contribution to architecture through local, regional, national or international initiatives and activities such as charity and community projects

how to apply

please note that we will be accepting applications from monday 8 june 2020 until friday 11 september 2020. we are unable to consider applications submitted outside of this time period. 

please download the detailed guidance notes for applicants first. we recommend downloading these before starting your application.

once you have downloaded these, you can download the application form. this form can be completed electronically, or by hand. we recommend referring to the guidance notes while completing your application.

all valid applications will be assessed by a fellow assessment panel and appointed by riba council. both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the fellow assessment panel’s recommendations. the decisions of the fellow assessment panel are final and binding.

contact us

if you have any questions regarding fellow membership or the subscription fees, please contact us on:


fellow membership subscription fees are 20% above current chartered membership subscription fees. fellows elected in november 2020 will begin to pay the higher fellows subscription rate from january 2021.

applicants will be informed of the cost of their subscription if their application is successful and they are elected as a fellow.


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