Becoming a Member

If you are an architect with a permanent address in Northern Ireland, you can join the Royal Society of Ulster Architects by becoming a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. All RIBA Chartered Members who work/reside in Northern Ireland on a full-time basis have automatic membership of the RSUA and enjoy the benefits of membership of both organisations.

Who can join?

To become a chartered UK member it is necessary to meet one of the following criteria:

  • RIBA validated exams, Parts 1, 2 and 3
  • Qualification that is recognised under the European Directive 2005/36/EC 'Recognition of Professional Qualifications' plus over five years professional practice.

When practising as an architect in the UK you must also be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).  Information about the ARB can be found at

Annual Chartered membership rates 2009

UK 1-5 years qualified:  £241
UK over 5 years qualified  £370

Membership runs from January to December.

Click here to download RIBA Application forms for membership

A separate category of RSUA membership is also available for RIBA Overseas Members or for Members of other RIBA UK Regions.  For details on the annual subscription rate for this category and an application form, please ring the Society Secretary at 028 9032 3760.