- What Does an Architect Do?
- Find an Architect
- Check the Register
- Top Tips from Architects
- Useful Questions Before you Start
- Working with an Older Building
- Working with your Town and Neighbourhood
- Ask a Question
- Work with an Architect: Commercial
- Work with an Architect: Your Home
- Why your Architect must be Registered
- Raising a Concern
- Professional Conduct Committee
- Misuse of Title
To use the title 'Architect' in Ireland a person must be named on the Register of Architects (Building Control Act 2007). Programmes in architecture in Ireland are initially accredited by the RIAI and then recommended to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government for ‘prescription’, which means legal recognition as a qualification in architecture. Eligibility for admission as an architect to the Register for Architects and to Membership of the RIAI follows successful completion of an RIAI accredited degree programme in architecture followed by two years of post-graduate practical experience working with a registered architect together with a successful outcome in an RIAI accredited Professional Practice Examination.
It is important to check that the programme of Architecture that you are considering is properly accredited and prescribed for access to the Register of Architects.
RIAI Accredited and Prescribed Programmes in Architecture
Only the following six* qualifications in Architecture, offered by five Schools of Architecture, are currently legally recognised for access to the Register of Architects in the Republic of Ireland:
The following qualification in Architecture was awarded Provisional Approval by the RIAI in February 2019, in line with the RIAI Qualifications in Architecture: Procedures for Prescription under the Building Control Act 2007:
The following qualification in Architecture was awarded Provisional Accreditation by the RIAI in September 2022, in line with the RIAI Accreditation Procedures Part 1:
RIAI Accredited and Specified Professional Practice Examinations
Only the following Professional Practice Examination quaifications are currently accredited by the RIAI and specified under the Building Control Act 2007 for access to the Register of Architects in the Republic of Ireland:
RIAI Accredited Programmes in Architectural Technology
*Qualifications in Architecture offered in Ireland which have accreditation from a professional body other than the RIAI, but are not accredited by the RIAI and legally recognised under the Building Control Act 2007, do not give access to the regulated profession of Architect. This includes accreditation of Irish qualifications in Architecture by International organisations such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).