Talla na Mara and Pairc Niseaboist, Isle of Harris - Rural Design

© John Maher

Use of the RIAS Crest

All RIAS Members are authorised to use the RIAS crest subject to the licensing rules set out below.

The RIAS expects members and practices making use of the crest to ensure that the quality of reproduction and design layout reflect favourably upon the Incorporation's reputation. The design of the crest employed should accord with those in use on the RIAS standard site signboards.

Members should note that the RIAS crest is a Registered Trade Mark.

The Crest

The quality of the artwork for the original crest was degraded by copying. The crest on the right illustrates how the artwork had suffered over the decades.

In 2008 the crest was redesigned and redrawn using Adobe Illustrator in a painstaking process to provide high-quality, computerised vector artwork.

Rules Governing the use of the RIAS crest

The crest must always be used in its entirety, in the upright position.

On letterheads/stationery/private stationery/report covers:

  • The crest must not appear more than once and not as a dominant feature
  • The crest must not be immediately adjacent to Member's name or the name of the practice
  • The crest must lie between 14mm and 28mm in diameter

On drawing sheets:

  • The crest must not appear more than once and not as a dominant feature
  • The crest must not be adjacent to the name of the practice
  • The crest must lie between 14mm and 48mm in diameter

On business cards:

  • The crest must not appear more than once and not as a dominant feature
  • The crest must not be adjacent to Member's name or the name of the practice
  • The crest must lie between 14mm and 19mm

On websites:

  • The crest must not appear more than once and not as a dominant feature
  • The crest must not be adjacent to the name of the practice
  • The crest must be at least 160 pixels wide
  • The crest must be reproduced using the SVG vector format (which can be used with standard HTML <img> tags)

Colour may be used, subject to the above principles, and subject to:

  • Single colour only being used for the whole crest
  • The colour matching an existing colour in the design
  • The crest cannot be reversed out

Redrawn detail from the revised RIAS crest

© RIAS

Uses Permitted

Private Sector

Where a Member or Fellow of the Incorporation (registered with ARB - or in accordance with overseas equivalent statutory requirements) is in the position of a principal within an organisation (ie as a director of a company or as a partner or sole principal) that organisation may make use of the RIAS crest on its stationery and on self-generated publicity materials, e.g. practice brochures or a p ractice website provided that the work of the practice consists primarily of delivering architectural services. The crest should not be used in a third-party generated publicity material, e.g. print or online advertisements, without prior approval of the RIAS.

For the avoidance of doubt, those who are principals of development companies or design and build or other operations are NOT permitted the use of the crest for business use under these licensing rules.

Public Sector

The following may make use of the crest on their stationery (eg for correspondence, reports and on business cards) provided that the crest appears in conjunction with the name of the member by virtue of whom use under this definition is permissible.

Those corporate members who are Chief Officers within the scope of the JNC Conditions of Service and their designated deputies and those practising members who are the most senior in their authorities and are heads of architectural departments or sections.

Titles of Practice

Reference should be made to guidance issued from time to time in Practice Notes on titles of practice, use of 'Chartered Architect(s)' and advertising.

Site Signboards

Standard site signboards remain available only from suppliers approved to produce these, and details should be obtained from RIAS. A member may only employ other signwriters to reproduce the crest when signing buildings or producing a nameplate for use at the entrance to their office.

Guidance

Any unusual, or other individual use of the crest should be referred to the RIAS. Forwarding of proofs to RIAS for an opinion could be wise. The RIAS reserves the right to decide on inappropriate use of the crest.

Note: Rules will be subject to monitoring and potential adjustment.

Downloads

The crest is available in a number of different formats.