RIBA Siteboards – Guidance Notes for Architects

RIBA site board, rIBA signboardStocksigns has been a licensed manufacturer of RIBA siteboards for many years and we are well qualified to advise you and create your practice’s siteboards. While we will always create your sign board to RIBA standards, we thought it would be useful to share the design specification with some of our readers. The information in the post has been taken directly from RIBA and we hope that we have presented the information in a way that adds clarity to what is required.

The RIBA Siteboard Design

“The RIBA siteboards have been designed to provide effective and professional promotion of both individual practices and practitioners and the architectural profession as a whole. They provide one of the easiest and cheapest methods of promoting your firm’s work.” RIBA

Guidance notes

From time to time RIBA members ask for variations to the standard signboard and this has placed the onus of explaining the position on Stocksigns, who have been appointed by RIBA to make the boards. These notes have therefore been prepared by the institute with the object of giving members guidance, prior to placing an order.

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The board is available in two sizes (4’x1’ and 8’x2’) (121.92cm x 30.48cm and 243.84cm x 60.96cm). A horizontal line appears beneath the top line of text. The RIBA badge and all lettering (which must be in upper and lower case) are printed in white. The boards will be printed all over in red (Poppy Red BS 04E53)(Please note RIBA Client Advisor Boards should be blue with white text) The typeface to be used is Unica. The words appearing above the top horizontal line (marked A) should be:-

1. ‘RIBA Chartered Architect(s)’ or…

2. ‘RIBA Architect(s) plus if wished and subject to fitting in the one line, additional descriptive words from: ‘Engineers’, ‘Surveyors’ or ‘Planners such that the line will read, for example, ‘RIBA Architects & Engineers’

3. ‘RIBA Chartered Practice (only available to registered Chartered Practices)

4. ‘RIBA Client Advisor’ (Client advisor boards have  a blue background)

In addition the practice or office name should appear in the board’s central section (marked B), to the right of the current RIBA badge: no more than three lines are allowed. Sole practitioners may use professional affixes (in addition to RIBA) such as RICS, MICE, RTPI etc. (but not educational or degree qualifications).

Line 1 (practice business name)

Line 2 (practice business name cont. – if needed)

Line 3 (descriptive words on services provided – if wished)

A single line of brief contact details should appear at the foot of the board – subject to available space, one or more postal/telephone/fax/email/website details may appear. A QR code can be added to any of the following designs, but only in the position shown in the examples (and is recommended for use on the 4 x 1′ formats).

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One line example




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Two line example




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Three line example







Guidance for advertising

Use of RIBA boards is restricted to firms where at least one partner or director is an RIBA member (or local authority architects’ departments headed by an RIBA member). RIBA Chartered Practice boards can only be used by registered chartered practices. Manufacturers may require RIBA members (partner or director) to sign a declaration confirming relevant status.

The intention is to keep the layout of the board as simple,legible and visually impactive as possible. Stocksigns have details of the agreed typography. The design must remain standard: no office or company logos are permitted and punctuation should be kept to a minimum.

For more information on RIBA advertising guidelines please visit their website or to place an order for your siteboard please download our siteboard RIBA site boards price sheet.