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- Find an Architect
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- Useful Questions Before you Start
- Working with an Older Building
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- Work with an Architect: Commercial
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- Why your Architect must be Registered
- Raising a Concern
- Professional Conduct Committee
- Misuse of Title
Routes to registration
In Ireland, to describe yourself as an 'Architect' you must be on the Register for Architects.
The Building Control Act 2007 established the RIAI as the registration body and competent authority for Architects in Ireland. The Act requires the RIAI to establish and maintain the Register for Architects. Any person not on the register who uses the title 'Architect' or practises under any name, style, or title containing the word 'Architect' is guilty of an offence under the Act. This includes the use of any cognate terms such as architectural and architecture. The RIAI publishes a who have been found to have misused the title.
This section contains everything you need to know about registering as an Architect, including how to appeal a decision.
Find the route to registration below that best fits your circumstances. Registration as an Architect is open to you if it can be demonstrated that you meet all the requirements outlined. Should you have any questions, please contact .
I have an Irish qualification in architecture (Route A1, Route C)
If you have completed a prescribed qualification in architecture from an Irish university and have passed the Irish Professional Practice Exam you are eligible for registration through Route A1.
If you have completed a prescribed qualification in architecture from an Irish university and have acquired seven or more years’ post-graduate practical experience you may apply for an exemption from the Professional Practice Exam through Route C.
I have one or more EU qualifications in architecture or I have EU professional recognition in another Member State (Routes D1, D2, and B)
If you are an EU/EEA national and have been awarded a qualification in architecture in an EU Member State and that qualification is listed in Annex V or VI of the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EU), and you provide the RIAI with the appropriate certificate accompanying the evidence of that qualification as required by the Directive, you may apply for automatic recognition under Route D1.
If you have a combination of EU/EEA qualifications and are recognised or registered in one of the awarding Member States you may apply for registration through what is known as the General System under Route D2.
If you have an EU/EEA qualification that does not appear in the Directive but the Member State in which it was awarded considers that it qualifies you to practice the profession in that Member State you may apply for registration through what is known as the General System under Route D2.
If you qualified outside the EU/EEA but are recognised in a Member State for more than three years you may apply for registration through what is known as the General System under Route D2.
If you completed your qualifications across two or more Member States and are not recognised or registered in either of those Members States you may apply for registration through Route B.
I have a non-EU qualification in architecture (Route B, Route C)
If your qualification in architecture was awarded in a non-EU Member State and you have obtained the relevant professional licencing or professional practice examination for admission to the profession in that state, you may apply to the RIAI to have your qualifications assessed for equivalence with the standard required for prescribed Irish qualifications under Route B.
If you have not completed the relevant professional licencing or professional practice examination for admission to the profession in a non-EU state, the RIAI may assess the standard of your qualification for equivalence with a prescribed qualification. If your qualification is deemed to be equivalent there are two options available to you: you may sit the Professional Practice Exam; or apply for an exemption from the Professional Practice Exam on the basis that you have acquired seven or more years post-graduate practical experience, four of which have been in Ireland. This is known as Route C.
I have no formal architectural qualifications (Route E, Route F)
If you believe that you have been performing duties in the State commensurate with those of an architect for 10 years prior to 1 May 2008 you may consider applying to the Technical Assessment Board for assessment of eligibility for registration. This is known as Technical Assessment under Route E.
If you have successfully completed the Architects Register Admission Examination and are at least 35 years of age you may apply for admission through Route F.
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I am registered in another EU Member State and wish to provide architectural services on a temporary and occasional basis (Route D3)
If you are legally established as an architect in another EU/EEA Member State and wish to provide architectural services on a temporary and occasional basis in Ireland you may apply for Temporary and Occasional registration under Route D3.
I was previously registered or was a member prior to 2008 and wish to return to the Register (Route R1, Route R2)
There are two routes to returning to the Register: Readmission and Reinstatement.
Readmission is Route R1 and is available to persons who:
- were an RIAI Member prior to November 2009 but have not been registered in Ireland to date;
- resigned, withdrew, or was suspended from the Register;
- were removed from the Register for non-payment of the annual charge.
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Reinstatement is Route R2 and is only available to persons who were removed from the register for non-payment of their Annual Charge. It requires the back payment of all outstanding Annual Charges and for the applicant to demonstrate compliance with outstanding CPD requirements.
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Other routes to registration
Admission under Route P is for distinguished practice in the field of architecture.
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Admission under the 1997 Ministers List is under Route M.