murphaph wrote:Does not being an RIAI member automatically mean a person is not a qualified architect?
There is no obligation for a qualified architect to join the RIAI. In fact in Irelnad there is no obligation for any professional within the Construction industry to join a professional institute to practice at present to the best of my knowledge. However under the Building Control Act 2007, architects have to register to describe themselves as architects. The registration will be administered by the RIAI.... the relevant regulations aren't in place yet as far as I know , so this doesn't happen at the moment.
BTW it never any harm to check with the relevant institute to see if someone is a member, as sometimes people claim to be members of institues and aren't or the institute in somecases never existed.