Information for Course Directors

Information for Schools of Architecture and Architectural Technology

The accreditation of qualifications and examinations in Architecture and qualifications in Architectural Technology is one of the RIAI’s most critical tasks. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure, in the interests of students, the public and the Architectural and Architectural Technology professions, that the range of skills and the standard of performance attained by students on graduation are adequate with regard to the design, technical and professional skills and ethical formation required for competent practice. 

Prescription of qualifications and examinations in Architecture 

The Building Control Act 2007 requires that qualifications in Architecture and Register Admission Examinations be ‘prescribed’. The prescription process involves an objective evaluation of the qualification or examination. In particular qualifications and examinations are evaluated in terms of their compliance with the requirements of: 

  • ​​Building Control Act, 2007
  • ​​Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications
  • ​​QQI Awards Standards – Architecture
  • ​​RIAI Standard of Knowledge, Skill and Competence for Practice as an Architect 

Under the terms of the Building Control Act 2007, the RIAI is designated as the Registration Body for the purposes of Part 3 of the Act, Registration of Architects, and the Competent Authority in the State as respects Architects for the purposes of Directive 2005/36/EC on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications. 

​Procedures for Prescription under the Building Control Act 2007

​Qualifications in Architecture and Register Admission Examinations are evaluated for prescription in accordance with the RIAI Qualifications in Architecture, Procedures for Prescription under the Building Control Act 2007 (July 2011).

​Procedures for Accreditation of Qualifications in Architectural Technology

​Qualifications in Architectural Technology are evaluated for RIAI accreditation in accordance with the RIAI Accreditation Procedures for Qualifications in Architectural Technology (July 2008) and the QQI Awards Standards - Architectural Technology (2016).