About the RIAI

Founded in 1839, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland is the representative body and registration body for architects in Ireland. It supports the architectural profession and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit.

The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote quality in architecture, to deliver quality and sustainability in the built environment, to enrich our distinctive culture and heritage, to contribute to the competitiveness of our economy, and to improve quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and for generations to come

The RIAI, has three main roles:

  • Supporting

    We support our Architect and Architectural Technologist members. The RIAI works to support sustainable careers for Members. Benefits of Membership

  • Promoting

    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. In our public role, we run a number of special initiatives such as the RIAI Simon Open Door, which has raised over €1,000,000 to-date for the Simon Communities to combat the issue of homelessness in Ireland. Promoting Architecture

  • Registration

    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. Why your Architect must be Registered


The RIAI is a company limited by guarantee without share capital, registered in Ireland. Company Registration Number: 003498. Company Registered Address: 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Company Charitable Tax Exemption Number CHY 5436. The Directors of the Company for 2019 are: David Browne, Clare White, Fionnuala May, Charlotte Sheridan, Donal Friel, J. David Power, Michael Murray, John O'Mahony, James O'Donoghue

For the latest updates on the RIAI visit www.riai.ie or sign-up for our free monthly RIAI e-newsletter.

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