The Practice Department is dedicated to supporting and promoting the practice of Architecture in Scotland through its core activities of administering Practice Services, publishing technical and legal advice in Practice Information and coordinating committee work. It also helps in preparing responses to outside bodies, thus contributing to policy making on behalf of the Incorporation members. The Practice Department contributes to the promotion of good practice through the development of RIAS Standard Contract Administration Forms and the publication of advice notes available for the general public. It provides assistance to clients and architects in dispute resolution.
It tackles legal and contractual issues, commissioning, fees, appointment arrangements, insurance problems, dispute resolution and legislation as well as monitoring the work of other industry bodies.
It also offers advice and information to interested parties such as clients, other construction professional bodies, trade associations, MSPs, the Scottish Government, Local Authorities as well as gathering essential statistical information about the profession.
Support for Practice Services enables the RIAS to engage in activities for the benefit of all practices. Feedback for practices is available through Practice Notes, e-bulletins and newsletters.