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Last edited 24 Jan 2019
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 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 current edition of the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct came into effect on 1 January 2005. It is supported by a series of nine guidance notes.
1.Integrity - Members shall act with honesty and integrity at all times
2.Competence - In the performance of their work members shall act competently, conscientiously and responsibly. Members must be able to provide the knowledge, the ability and the financial and technical resources appropriate for their work.
3.Relationships - Members shall respect the relevant rights and interests of others.
 Guidance notes
- Integrity, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and privacy, corruption and bribery.
- Continuing professional development.
- Employment and equal opportunities.
- Complaints and dispute resolution.
NB In July 2016, the guidance notes were updated, with key changes to requirements for complaints handling procedures and procedures for taking over a project from another architect. For more information see RIBA professional conduct guidance.
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