A person must be registered to use the title ‘architect’ in Ireland. You can check the register here. You can search by last name, first name, or registration number. You can search by any of the fields below alone e.g. first name, surname or registration number. You may also search by using all of the fields at once; if this approach produces no results it may indicate that the detail you have for one of the fields is not as listed in the register. It is also possible that an architect may be registered under a different name (e.g. a married name) or spelling (e.g. Finuala/Fionnuala or McGrory/MacGrory/Mac Grory) in which case a record may not be found.
The best way to find an architect’s record is to use the registration number which is unique. If you encounter difficulties in finding an architect on the register you are welcome to seek direct advice from the RIAI on (01)6761703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To check the register, fill in at least one of the fields below and click search.
The RIAI Register of Architects was launched on 16th November 2009 giving effect to the Building Control Act 2007. For a professional to use the title architect he or she must be on the register. You can check the register above, you should also check the table of prosecutions if you cannot find someone’s name on the register. The RIAI is available to help with any queries you may have on (01) 6731706.
Membership of the RIAI is distinct from registration as an architect. To avoid confusion, all current architect Members and Fellows of the RIAI must be registered.
Retired Members and Fellows of the Institute are not registered because they are retired and no longer providing architectural services. You can find a list of Retired Members and Fellows here.
If the person who is providing your architectural service is not on the Register, you should enquire as to their registration status. The RIAI can also provide advice.
It is important to understand that the registration relates to legal protection of the title ‘architect’. Being on the register confirms that a person has passed an assessment or examination system provided for in the act.
The RIAI carries out its statutory functions of the Registration Body and Competent Authority for Architects in Ireland on an entirely self-funding basis. The RIAI does not receive any Government Funding or State Aid for this Statutory Function.
The relevant sections of the Building Control Act 2007 are:
Part 1: Preliminary and General (Sections 1 - 2)
Part 3: Registration of Architects (Sections 13 - 27)
Part 6: Fitness to Practice (Sections 56 - 59)
Part 7: Miscellaneous Provisions (Sections 60 - 73)