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Constitution and By-laws
The RIAI is a company limited by guarantee. The Constitution of the RIAI consists of the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.
The Memorandum of Association regulates the company's external activities. Through its Objects clause and Powers clause the Memorandum of Association sets out the conditions and limits within which the company is allowed to operate and deal with others. The Memorandum of Association sets out that the main object for which the RIAI is established which is to undertake and encourage the general advancement of architecture for the benefit of the community and to promote and facilitate the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts, sciences and skills connected therewith. The Institute seeks to achieve this object by being a centre of excellence and providing leadership for the advancement of education, information, advice and support in all matters related to architecture.
The Articles of Association regulate the company's internal affairs and management. The Articles of Association provide that the Institute may in general meeting make such By-Laws as it shall deem necessary for the regulation and good governance of the Institute.
The RIAI By-Laws have been drafted under the authority of the RIAI Constitution. The By-Laws regulate the RIAI. They set out the form, manner or procedure in which the RIAI should be run and in particular deal with the Council and Officers election process. The By Laws also include provisions relating to registration which are required by the Building Control Act 2007 to be addressed in the form of By Laws.