Project - Adam Kelly

© Adam Kelly

Joining RIAS

Becoming a Student member of the RIAS is the first step towards your professional career. RIAS Student membership is free to all architectural students studying at one of the five schools of architecture in Scotland and offers a number of benefits.


Discount at the RIAS Bookshop

RIAS Student members receive a 10% discount at the RIAS Bookshop. If you are in the area please come in and browse through the bookshop.

Please note the student discount is not available for online purchases.

RIAS Convention

Student members get substantial discounts on the RIAS annual Convention - the largest conference of its type in the UK which features internationally renowned speakers.


RIAS Student members are eligible to enter the RIAS Silver Medal for best fifth year student (£1,200 prize) and the RIAS Drawing Award, open to all students, (£1,000 prize).


RIAS Student members are eligible to enter RIAS student competitions. In 2008, a prize fund of £3,000 was shared amongst the winners of a competition for the dynamic redevelopment of Helensburgh Pier on behalf of Helensburgh & District Civic Society. Student awards and competitions provide excellent exposure and exhibition opportunities.


Student members receive the RIAS Quarterly, a printed magazine profiling the best of Scottish architecture which includes a rich mix of professional and technical news, interviews and features with contributions from RIAS members and international architects. It includes sections devoted to practice information, students and Chapter news. Student members also receive fortnightly e-bulletins highlighting information, events and publications.

Study Support

During the Part III examination period RIAS Student members get free access to Practice Services online documentation such as contracts and briefing notes. This is normally a paid-for service but is offered free of charge for the examination period. If you would like more information on this, please contact Maryse Richardson.

Project – Alexander Richards and Adam Currie

© Alexander Richards and Adam Currie

Student Representation

The RIAS Council offers two places for Student members to represent their peers.

We are currently looking for student representatives for the following committees:

  • Practice Committee
  • Planning
  • Contracts
  • Education (Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness reps all required)

If you are interested please contact Maryse Richardson.

Students can remain on the RIAS register until they have passed their Part III or for a maximum of ten years. If after the ten year period, they have not qualified, they will be removed or can opt to join the Affiliate membership category.