Practice Information is an important means by which current knowledge is disseminated to the profession at large and therefore likely to be treated as something which the ordinary architect using reasonable skill and care should consult. It could be relied upon to demonstrate what an ordinary architect would know of a particular issue.
The RIAS Practice Department 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. All of this feeds back into CPD for architects.
We offer 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. We handle complaints about architects and advise on dispute resolution.
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.
RIAS practices which subscribe to Practice Services now have Chartered Practice status subject to meeting the eligibility criteria (see below).
The information contained in Practice Notes is invaluable to all architects. This knowledge is regarded as an essential and major component of an architect’s contribution to their RIAS and ARB commitment to CPD. RIAS Practice Notes are available on the website or published quarterly in folders; they include information from a wide range of professional and technical organisations, including government legislation, consultations and regulations.
The legal adviser considers that Practice Information is an important means by which current knowledge is disseminated to the profession at large and therefore likely to be treated as something which the ordinary architect using reasonable skill and care should consult. It could be relied upon to demonstrate what an ordinary architect would know of a particular issue.
Fast, friendly, free telephone service; quick and expert legal advice on a wide range of topics: appointments, contract, liability, copyright issues, fee recovery; authoritative advice from a range of experts on contract administration, conservation, procurement, energy and the environment, sustainable construction, and other green issues.
Free downloads of all latest forms of appointment from the RIAS Suite:
Free downloads of RIAS Contract Administration forms:
Free downloads of a range of Inspection Certificates and Standards letters.
Keep up to date with the fortnightly e-PI bulletins, linking the latest Practice Notes, specifically selected news, items of interest and upcoming events, all relevant to current architectural practice.
RIAS bookshop account facilities for all subscribers. Priority and discounted bookings for all Practice Services subscribers at RIAS CPD events.
Practice Services fees are based on the type and size of your practice. To subscribe, please download the relevant application form.
Subscribers receive access to over 1,000 practice notes containing important information for practices.
On 1 May 2019 a new 'Historic Environment Policy for Scotland' came into force. This policy written and published by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) replaces the 'Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement' (HESPS).
Private Practices subscribing to Practice Services AND who also meet the criteria of eligibility for the Directory (at least one RIAS member in a position of senior management and at least 20% of RIAS members amongst the ARB registered architects working in the practice) are able to call themselves an “RIAS Chartered Practice”. Multidisciplinary and Local Authority practices should contact the RIAS for information on eligibility.
As well as all the benefits of the Practice Services Scheme, practices will also be entitled to the following: