Providing cross border services as an Architect

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.

This information may be of assistance to Architects established in another EU/EEA country, who wish to provide cross border services as an Architect in Ireland.


Competent Authority

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is the Competent Authority for Architects (Building Control Act 2007).

To use the title architect in Ireland you must be included on the statutory Register for Architects. Admission to the register requires compliance with the Building Control Act 2007 which transposes the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC).

The RIAI is based in Dublin, at 8 Merrion Square Dublin 2, and in addition to being the registration body and Competent Authority, the RIAI is the professional body for architects in Ireland. The register is published  on the RIAI's website at register of architects

Application for recognition (temporary and occasional/cross border provision of services as an Architect)

EU/EEA nationals currently established in an EU/EEA Member State seeking recognition for the provision of services on a temporary and occasional basis (Chapter 1, Title II of Directive 2005/36/EC) can apply directly to the RIAI for recognition under Route D3 using the information and forms at

Information on fees and documentation to be submitted

There is no charge for making an application for admission under this route. Nor is the annual charge applied.

 All applicants must submit:

  • Declaration of intention to provide services under the title ‘Architect’ in the State (see application package)
  • Evidence of Identity and of EU/EEA Nationality (Copy of Passport/National ID)
  • Attestation confirming legal establishment provided by the Competent Authority in the Member State of
  • establishment
  • Evidence of relevant professional qualifications (e.g. copy of degree/diploma in architecture)


Those who have moved from the Member State of establishment must submit

  • Evidence of having pursued the profession of architect in the Member State of establishment for two of the previous ten years 

Completing procedures online

Documents which are not required in the original format can be submitted online via email.

Verifications from educational institutions and Competent Authorities may be provided online, once they are issued directly to the RIAI by the provider in question.

Time taken for Response by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

The Statutory Board with decision making powers with regard to Admission to the Register (the Admissions Board) meets monthly.

Once applications have been satisfactorily completed at least a week in advance of a meeting of the Board they will be forwarded for decision to that meeting. The schedule of Board meetings is available from

Relevant legislation

The relevant procedures applicable for EU established Architects,  intending providing cross border services in Ireland, is set out in the following Irish legislation:

Contact details

Queries may be addressed to the RIAI admissions office at the following contact details: or by calling +353 1 6761703