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Last edited 07 Nov 2020
RIBA Code of Professional Conduct
The Institute of British Architects was founded in 1834 for ‘…the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith…’. It became the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1837 when it was awarded a Royal Charter.
The RIBA maintains a Code of Professional Conduct (sometimes referred to as the Code of Practice or the Architects Code) for its members to promote professional good conduct and best practice. It sets out the standards of professional conduct and practice that the institute requires of its members. Members are expected to be guided by its spirit as well as its precise and express terms
The Code of Professional Conduct was reviewed and overhauled during 2018 and the latest version came into effect on 1 May 2019. It comprises; three principles of professional conduct and professional values that support those principles and guidance notes which explain how the principles can be upheld:
'Members shall behave with integrity and shall strive to safeguard and improve the standing, reputation and dignity of the Institute and its Members in all their professional activities. Members shall consistently promote and protect the public interest and social purpose, taking into account future generations.'
 Principle 2: Competence
'Members should continuously strive to improve their professional knowledge and skill. Members should persistently seek to raise the standards of architectural education, lifelong learning, research, training, and practice for the benefit of the public interest, those commissioning services, the profession and themselves. Members should strive to protect and enhance heritage and the natural environment.'
 Principle 3: Relationships
'Members shall respect and seek to uphold the relevant rights and interests of others. Members shall treat people with respect and shall strive to be inclusive, ethical, and collaborative in all they do. Members shall seek and promote social justice.'
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