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Standards of Knowledge, Skill & Competence

The RIAI Standard of Knowledge, Skill and Competence for Practice as an Architect

Since its foundation in 1839, the RIAI has committed itself to the development of knowledge required for the practice of architecture. Frameworks for the mutual recognition of qualifications are enshrined in law in the shape of the Building Control Act 2007 (which came into effect on 1 May 2008) and Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (the Qualifications Directive). In these legal contexts, the RIAI is the designated Registration Body and the Competent Authority for architectural qualifications.

Of equal importance is the RIAI’s role in protecting the interests of clients, consumers, building users, the public interest and the quality of the built environment. This demands that architects are equipped with the necessary skills to deliver the services they offer.

The Standard describes the areas and levels of knowledge, skill and competence required of an architect at the professional level (capable of independent practice). To be an architect Member of the RIAI (MRIAI or FRIAI) and/or be admitted to the Register for Architects, an individual must have demonstrated that he or she has achieved this Standard. The Standard is applied in all RIAI examinations and assessment mechanisms and is integrated into all of the RIAI’s Admission routes. In RIAI CPDEngage, the Institute’s online CPD planning, provision and monitoring tool, the Standard provides the framework for Continuing Professional Development.

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The RIAI Standard of Knowledge, Skill and Competence for Practice as an Architectural Technologist

The RIAI is the leading professional body in Ireland for architects, architectural technologists, and for graduates in both fields. Since its foundation in 1839, the RIAI has committed itself to the development of knowledge required for practice in the field of architecture and latterly of architectural technology.  Of equal importance is the role of the RIAI in protecting the interests of clients, consumers, building users, the public interest and the quality of the built environment. This demands that all RIAI members are equipped with the skills necessary to deliver the services they offer.

In 1974 the RIAI created a new category of membership to provide for Architectural Technicians,. In the years since then architectural technician education has developed significantly at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  In recognition of this RIAI Council decided in January 2009, subject to the necessary changes in RIAI By-Laws, to replace the membership category of ‘Architectural Technician’ with that of ‘Architectural Technologist’ and to develop a single RIAI Standard of Knowledge, Skill and Competence for Practice as an Architectural Technologist.

This RIAI Standard describes the areas and levels of knowledge, skill and competence required of an architectural technologist at the professional level. The Standard will be applied in all RIAI examinations, assessment mechanisms and routes to Architectural Technologist membership and will be the benchmark for admission regardless of how a candidate’s knowledge, skill and competence has been attained.  

In RIAI CPDEngage, the Institute’s online CPD planning, provision and monitoring tool, the Standard provides the framework for Continuing Professional Development, keeping Architectural Technologists aware of the key areas of knowledge, skill and competence which must be maintained for effective practice

Publication of this new Standard in April 2010 sets in place a firm foundation for the RIAI Action Plan 2010 – 2013 objective of promoting, developing and supporting the role of the RIAI Architectural Technologist

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Standard - Architect                                            Standard - Architectural Technologist