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How you become a member of the Company

The Company welcomes all applications for membership from registered architects and others committed to the promotion of architecture and the built environment generally.. Membership of the Company follows the pattern of Modern Livery Companies in the City of London.

The Company admits new freemen by one of three livery methods:
patrimony (through previous membership of either their father or mother), or;
redemption (by paying a “fine”), or;
servitude, that is by serving an apprenticeship (being a student or apprentice).  

For most applicants, redemption is the usual way of joining. For this, both the one-off “admission fine” and annual “quarterage” are on a sliding scale according to age, in addition all members make regular contributions to the Company’s Charitable Trust. Details of these costs are below. Students and younger applicants interested in becoming a student or an apprentice should contact our Clerk to find out more about the special membership offers available to them. 

The first step in joining the Company’s livery is for you to apply to receive the Freedom of the Company. Application forms which can be completed online are attached.

A proposer and seconder for your application will be required, and our Clerk will be happy to assist you in this should you not know any members. Once you have applied, the Master will contact you for an informal introductory chat prior to the consideration of your application by the Court.

You will then be asked to attend a meeting of the Company’s Court to receive the Freedom of the Company, you will then, with the help of our Clerk, apply to the City of London to become a freeman of the City. Armed with the freedom of the City, you will be invited to attend a second Court meeting, this time to become and be welcomed as a liveryman, or “full” member, of the Company.

Should you have any queries on the procedure for membership then please contact our Clerk whose contact details are below and he will be happy to run through any queries you might have.

Download the membership application form

Download the student application form


Phil Gibbs
[email protected]
Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects

53 Lychgate Drive

023 9259 5052
07973 830853


Admission to the Company as a Freeman incurs a one off 'Fine’ which comprises of fees for the admission to the Company, and election to the Livery following the obtaining of the Freedom of the City of London.  The amount depends upon age. Student members pay a single joining fine of £25 and are then exempt from Quarterage and Charitable Trust contributions.

Quarterage, that is the annual subscription, is normally paid monthly by Direct Debit with a bank or building society and is separate to the single one off 'Fine'. Please do not forget to tick the gift Aid box if appropriate.

The rates are decided by the Court of the Company (the body responsible for deciding Company policy). These rates were last reviewed and set on 28th April 2020 and are as follows:

Age*Admission Fine to join as
Freeman of the Company

(payment by monthly DD)
(one off annual payment)
Student£25 - pay fine
Up to 40
£100 - pay fine£26.67 - set up Direct Debit£320 Single Annual Payment
40-75£500 - pay fine£26.67 - set up Direct Debit
£320 Single Annual Payment
75 & over£100 - pay fine£26.67 - set up Direct Debit£320 Single Annual Payment
All fine payments are collected using our one-off donation form.


Contribution to the Charitable Trust Fund is a requirement of membership, although the amount is at the discretion of the member. The donation can be a single payment each year, or monthly by Direct Debit.  The amounts here are minima, but any amount above this may be donated.

*Age is taken as the date of Admission and at the date of Election.

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