Brady says move is intended to ‘help architects through challenging times’

Architects have had their RIBA membership fees frozen for the third year in a row in a decision the institute said was in support of hard-pressed members.

The move was proposed by new RIBA president Angela Brady, and forms part of what the RIBA argues is a comprehensive package of support for the profession during a time of acute economic difficulty.

Speaking today (Friday), Brady said: “I am delighted to announce that the RIBA subscription rates will remain unchanged this year. The RIBA is here to serve its members and our members make RIBA the collective voice for architecture.

“I am personally committed to ensuring that the Institute does all it can support the profession, and this move is intended to help architects through the challenging times we are facing.”

The current full subscription rate will remain at £241 for architects who are one to five years qualified and £370 for those who are more than five years qualified. For those RIBA members on hardship rates, the subscription rate remains at £74 and £30 for those on the extreme hardship rate.

Other RIBA initiatives it says are helping architects include the “Good design – it all adds up” report which demonstrates the value of using an architect and allocating a record £185,000 towards architectural education.