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                                GUIDANCE NOTES
                              & APPLICATION FORM

                 Accredited Architect | Advanced Accredited Architect
                                     (Please delete as appropriate)

Applicant’s name:

     Please submit complete form with your application – retain a copy for your records

Sustainable development is now the stated policy of local, national and international governments,
and of much industry and commerce. There is a growing commitment on the part of professional
bodies to reverse unsustainable trends in development.

The construction, fit-out, operation and ultimate demolition of buildings is a huge factor in human
impact on the environment both directly (through material and energy consumption and the
consequent pollution and waste) and indirectly (through the pressures on often inefficient
infrastructure). The built environment also has a crucial impact on the physical and economic
health and well-being of individuals, communities and organisations. A good building is a delight
and will enhance a community or organisation, enhance our ability to learn or increase our
productivity. A poor building will do the opposite. Where buildings and built environments
contribute to ill-health and alienation, undermine community and create excessive financial
liability, they are undesirable and unsustainable.

To meet the challenge of sustainable development we have to enhance quality of life for all by
designing healthy buildings and environments fit for individuals and communities both now and in
the future. We need to minimise resource throughputs, waste and pollution, and to fulfill our
responsibility to protect other species and environments.

Architects are well placed to effect positive change. Those who are recognised as having a
proven expertise in sustainable architecture will have demonstrated – through design - that this
encompasses an understanding of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Applicants will be accredited at two levels: Accredited Architect and Advanced Accredited
Architect. No application for renewal at the same level is required. Applicants who are refused
accreditation may seek an interview with the panel of assessors and any accredited architect
subject to a complaint in connection with their Sustainable Architecture work may be invited to
attend an interview, following which their accreditation will be reviewed.


Accreditation is available to practicing members of the RIAS (Associates and Fellows) who can
demonstrate the integration of sustainability in the design and implementation of completed
projects. An architect accredited in Sustainable Architecture will be able to demonstrate personal
commitment, knowledge and skill in integrating sound sustainable principals into architecture and
the built environment.

Applicants will be accredited at two levels which will recognise skills attained and applied to
projects, and the ongoing personal and professional commitment to and the advancement of
sustainable design.

As leaders in the field it is anticipated that architects accredited in Sustainable Architecture will
contribute to the furtherance of the Scheme and the dissemination of knowledge amongst
architects, the construction profession, clients and stakeholders.

Accreditation by the scheme relates to an individual and does not confer an accreditation on a
practice, business or other entity. The onus is on the practice and individual to ensure the
accreditation is not used inappropriately.


The primary benefit of the Scheme is the recognition that an Architect Accredited in Sustainable
Architecture has demonstrated a skill set that is additional to that required to become registered
with the ARB.

Over time the RIAS is well placed to respond to members of the Scheme by providing additional
benefits, relating to sustainability (subject to viability) such as:

      CPD
      Book discounts
      Practice Notes
      Networking
      Scheme forum
      Online facilities
      Links to other organisations, etc
      Promotion to clients and stakeholders


Accreditation is by a simple process of ‘peer review’ by a panel of assessors, on the basis of the
applicants’ ‘track record’ largely demonstrated through case studies. Applicants are invited to
submit written evidence of their education, training and career history, of relevant study,
knowledge and special interests and of projects and other work completed. The review panel will
decide which category the applicant best falls within, based on the evidence presented.

Applicants should present a suitable choice of information to demonstrate to the assessors that
they have applied the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and possess the skill,
experience and commitment to be accredited in Sustainable Architecture.        The inclusion of
examples of projects in which applicants have had a direct hands-on role in the design and
delivery, is crucial.

Most applications will be considered on the basis of the information initially submitted. However,
assessors can request further information and call applicants to an interview.


In addition to the information requested within this form, Applicants should submit a maximum of 6
A4 pages to demonstrate their experience. This should include a brief statement of the applicant’s
approach to Sustainable Architecture, a brief account of the range of sustainable projects on
which the applicant has been engaged, and their exact role in the project. Case Studies
describing at least three projects selected to illustrate the range of knowledge, skills and
experienced gained including appropriate and relevant illustrations.

It is not necessary for applicants to present details of every project that they have worked on.
Applicants are encouraged to submit the edited highlights of what they think are their contributions
to sustainability in the fields of:
      Innovative design and specification
      Project management and contract administration
      Research, education, and dissemination

The two levels of accreditation are;

Accredited Architect in Sustainable Architecture: Architects who can demonstrate through a
track record, that they have delivered Sustainable Architecture and have communicated and
promoted their understanding of it.

Advanced Accredited Architect in Sustainable Architecture: Architects, with a minimum of 5
years experience, post qualification, who meet the above criteria and have gone on to
demonstrate through a substantial track record both innovation and expertise in this field as well
as a commitment to directing and mentoring others to understand and deliver Sustainable


Applicants will be required to pay a one-off fee of £150 + VAT. This fee is set to cover the costs
of the accreditation assessment and is non refundable regardless of outcome.

A further fee of £150 + VAT is payable on seeking to upgrade.


Applicants who are refused accreditation may appeal formally to the RIAS, and seek an interview
with the panel of assessors and the convenor of the Practice Board with the Depute Secretary
(Practice) in attendance.

If any complaint is brought to the attention of the RIAS in connection with an architect accredited
in Sustainable Architecture and their sustainable design related work they may be invited to
attend an interview with the review Panel, following which their accreditation may be reviewed.

The decision of the President of the RIAS will be final.

Applicant Information
1. Applicants’ Name

2. Date of Birth                                   3. Qualifications

4. Date of Membership of RIAS                      5. Membership No.

6.Membership of other related bodies
  Name of organisation                                                          Date from

7. Names and addresses of two independent referees:
   Applicants will be notified prior to referees being contacted.

  Name                                             Address

8. Employment History
   Employer                                                         Date from   To

Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary

9. Evidence of Relevant CPD and Sustainable Architecture Related Activity – special
   studies, study tours, research, books and articles read etc in the last three years
  Title                                                                 Date

Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary
10. I have enclosed (on a maximum of 6 A4 pages) a brief statement of my approach to Sustainable
   Architecture, a brief account of the range of sustainable projects on which I have been engaged,
   and described my exact role in each project. I have included Case Studies describing at least
   three projects selected to illustrate the range of knowledge, skills and experienced gained
   including appropriate and relevant illustrations

11. I confirm that the information submitted is accurate and complete

Signature:                                                   Date:

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