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 online Register of Architects was launched on 16th November 2009.
The Register lists over 2,600 architects If the person who is providing your architectural service is not on the Register, you should ask about relevant qualifications and their registration. The RIAI can also provide advice.
It is important to understand that the registration system is about the legal protection of the title ‘architect’. It does not limit those who provide services in the field of architecture to architects who are named on the Register.
Although the RIAI carries out a statutory function as the Registration Body and Competent Authority for Architects in Ireland this is carried out 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)
For data protection reasons RIAI does not publish a list of registered architects. Please use the form above to check whether your architect is registered. You can also search for registration the architects registration number if known.
If you have difficulty in checking where the architect is registered please contact the RIAI.
Reports on procedures for the registration of architects in Ireland:
The report prepared by Mr. Garrett Fennell for the Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government, published on 24 September 2013 can be found here:
The associated press release can be found here: Press Release_24Sept13
The RIAI submission to Mr. Fennell’s review, made on 10 May 2013, can be found here:
The report of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, published on 17 July 2013 can be found here:
The associated press release can be found here: Press Release_17July2913