The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916. It is the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and the foremost professional institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment. The Incorporation works closely with its UK sister organisation The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Among our objectives is foremost the general advancement of architecture. We foster the study of the national architecture of Scotland, encourage its development and research and disseminate information on services of interest to members of the profession and to the public.
Chartered architects are the lifeblood of the RIAS. The RIAS exists to act in the interest of our chartered members and through its Council and committees provides many forums for discussion, debate, participation and involvement.
The RIAS offers a wide range of benefits, services and products for architects, students of architecture, construction industry professionals, architectural clients and all those with an interest in the built environment and the design process. These include:
In accordance with our agreement with the RIBA, RIAS membership is open to those who currently reside or work in Scotland or who have trained or worked in Scotland. All architects wishing to join the RIAS must be currently registered with the Architects Registration Board.