We are the Leeds Society of Architects. Our Branch forms an integral part of the RIBA and the focal point for membership involvement within the area. We enable our members to come together to discuss professional matters, influence RIBA policy, collaborate on promoting the profession, develop CPD activity and generally create the means by which members may support one another and strengthen the RIBA. The strength of our Branch depends on the extent to which members become involved and it is for this reason we have created this site, in order to ensure that communications between the Branch, Region and HQ are effective and that there is an attractive programme tailored to meet local needs. We wish to be involved in local issues and maintain and build links with councillors, other professionals, the business community and the general public.
RIBA Yorkshire Region covers Yorkshire and The Humber and is directed by a Council elected from amongst its 2000+ members. Across the region are nine local branches engaged in promoting design excellence locally and supporting the profession. The RIBA regions fulfil a vital co-ordinating role between RIBA members and the public. We provide core services for RIBA members and administer key RIBA strategies. The regions promote architecture and RIBA members through events and initiatives. We also ensure that RIBA members maintain their professional competency through provision of a Continuing Professional Development programme.
The Royal Institute of British Architects was granted its Royal Charter in 1837 by the Privy Council under King William IV. Supplemental Charters were granted in 1887, 1909 and 1925. These were subsequently revoked and replaced by a single Charter in 1971. Minor amendments have been made from time to time since then.
The purpose of the Royal Institute was set out in the original nineteenth century Charter and remains true to this day :
"…..the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith…"