The RIBA launches new and updated 2020 digital Professional Services Contracts

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released five new Professional Services Contracts in addition to updating the current five. The full suite is now available digitally via the RIBA website.

The new additions comprise of the brand-new Client Adviser Professional Services Contract, alongside two new Interior Design Contracts, and two new Conservation Contracts. For both Interior Design and Conservation, there are contract options for Domestic and Commercial projects.

Creating RIBA Professional Services Contracts online through the RIBA Contracts Digital tool is quick and straightforward. It is designed to provide a simple, comprehensive and effective service for architects, contractors, consultants, commercial businesses and clients to tailor and manage their contracts in one secure location for increased clarity and efficiency of work. Generating a contract online allows the user to create, alter and view all contracts in one secure location before printing multiple copies for each party at no extra cost.

Adrian Dobson, Executive Director of Professional Services at RIBA says:

“These contracts build upon a long-standing RIBA tradition of developing and publishing appointment contracts, creating a standard in the profession, and defining the parties’ obligation and rights.”

“Written in straight forward language, they offer protection to both architects and their clients and clarify limits of liability. The full suite of RIBA Professional Services Contracts helps you to comply with the RIBA and ARB Codes of Professional Conduct and are aligned with the 2020 Plan of Work.”

Endorsed by the British Institute for Interior Design (BIID), the new Interior Design contract is a new and exciting addition to the suite of RIBA Professional Services contracts, enabling Interior Designers to secure and regulate their work in the same way Architects have been able to do for many years now.

RIBA’s new Professional Services Contracts for conservation architectural services are available tailored for either Domestic and Commercial projects. Both are endorsed by The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) and The Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA).

RIBA now have a collection of 10 Professional Service Contracts, in addition to the existing two Building Services contracts, which remain unchanged.

RIBA members can enjoy a discount of 50 per cent on the purchase of digital contracts, which are usually priced at £30-36 per contract.

The new contracts will also be available in paper format from late October and can be purchased from the RIBA Bookshop online. For further information on each of the contracts and to purchase digitally, visit