I would like to clarify the situation regarding the ongoing debate about the necessity of being registered with the ARB prior to applying and being accepted as a corporate member of the RIBA.
Currently, having passed Part 3 one can join the RIBA as a corporate member. It is not necessary to be registered with the Architects Registration Board.
However, this is not the case for those working and living in Scotland who wish to join the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. To become an associate member of the RIAS, having passed Part 3 one must be registered as an architect with the ARB and must remain on the register while a member of the RIAS.
This decision was taken by RIAS Council in the early 1980s, the view being that the public are better served by such clarity.
A member of the RIAS is an architect. RIBA members resident and working in the UK may wish to reflect on this.
Joyce B Deans, Glasgow