The RIBA has announced plans to up its annual members’ fee from £370 to £383
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Linked to the consumer price index, the 3.5 per cent increase marks the first hike in members’ costs in four years.
Announcing the plans at RIBA Council yesterday, vice president for membership Stephen Hodder said the increased fee could bring in £177,000 in additional revenue which could be used, in part, to help members hit by the downturn.
Outgoing council member Dolan Conway criticised the move which he said sent the ‘wrong message’ to struggling members. Subscription has risen by £133 over the last decade - in 2002 the annual membership fee to join the Portland Place-based organisation was just £250 a year (see AJ10.10.2002).
The changes come into effect from September.
More details to follow.
From the archive: AJ 10.10.2002
“However, the RIBA said the cost rises are ‘unavoidable’, despite every effort being made to grow other income streams, such as the institute’s Enterprise offshoot. Honorary treasurer John Pringle said further resources are needed if current activities are to continue to expand. The institute is also keen to see its research programme grow and the outreach programme developed to promote architecture to the public.
Most importantly, he stressed that the RIBA had allowed the subscription charges to fall behind inflation during the 1990s. Traditionally, subs represent one per cent of an average architect’s income - in today’s money that would be £350*.
Pringle also said that the institute was encouraged by consultation it had carried out with its regional chairmen. They were, he said, surprisingly comfortable with the idea of the increase”.
* According to this year’s AJ100 survey (AJ 17.05.2012) the average wage of an architect working for one of the top 100 practices is £36,000.