About the RIAI

Architecture Matters

The built environment impacts our quality of life — our health, our environment and our economy. In recognising the challenges that Ireland faces in the next century — climate change, population increase, changing demographic profile and increased urbanisation — the RIAI advocates and supports the use of the essential skills of Architects and Architectural Technologists in addressing these issues.

The RIAI, which was founded in 1839, has three main roles:


We support our Architect and Architectural Technologist members.

The RIAI works to support sustainable careers for Members.


We raise the profile of Architecture and the work of Irish Architects.

The RIAI aims to improve everybody’s understanding of the work of Architects and Architectural Technologists and to highlight the importance of Architects’ skills in improving the quality of the built environment.


We protect the public by maintaining standards in the profession. 

RIAI maintains the standards for the profession through registration of the title Architect and through the oversight of the standards of education in universities.

RIAI Strategy 2023-2027

Our vision is to inspire excellence in architecture to deliver a sustainable and resilient future.

The five-year Strategy has been developed to give focus to the RIAI under its three objectives; to promote architecture that serves our society and environment; to support members in the practice of architecture and their career progression; and to protect standards through registration, continuous professional development and learning within the architectural profession.

The Strategy has been built on the RIAI core values; professional, progressive, collaborative, creative, and inclusive. These values support us in ensuring the organisation is promoting architecture that delivers sustainable, creative and resilient solutions to serve our society and our environment. 

RIAI Annual Report

The RIAI publishes an Annual Report each year. The Annual Report includes financial statements and reflects on the activities of the Institute during the year.

The RIAI is a company limited by guarantee without share capital, registered in Ireland.
Company Registration Number: 003498
Company Registered Address: 8 Merrion Square North, Dublin 2
Company Charitable Tax Exemption Number: CHY 5436

Directors of the Company for 2024: Sean Mahon FRIAI, Maire Henry MRIAI, Sinead Hughes MRIAI, Vincent Traynor FRIAI, Peter Hynes MRIAI, Aisling Joyce MRIAI, Eilis O’Donnell FRIAI, Ronan Phelan MRIAI and Willie O'Reilly