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Professional Associations

A list of the main associations for heritage professionals is set out below.

Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

The IHBC is the professional body for historic environment conservation specialists working in the UK. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

The RTPI is the body for professionals involved in planning within the UK and Northern Ireland. It is concerned with all aspects of planning, including heritage conservation.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

RIBA is the professional body for architects and architecture in the UK. Its members include architects specialising in conservation work.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS is the professional body for surveyors in the UK and beyond. Its members include surveyors who specialise conservation work, including enabling development.

The Landscape Institute

The Royal Chartered Institute for Archietectu and Landscape is a professional body and educational charity working to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public. It champions well-designed and well-managed urban and rural landscapes.

Institute for Archaeologists (IFA)

The IFA  is a professional body for all archaeologists and others involved in protecting and understanding the historic environment. It represents the interests of archaeology and archaeologists to government, policy makers and industry, publishes standards and issues guidelines and provides training.

Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO)

The ALGAO provides a forum representing archaeologists working for local authorities and national parks throughout the UK. Its members are senior professional archaeologists employed by local authorities to provide advice on archaeological conservation and management.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

ICOMOS is a global non-government organisation associated with UNESLO. Its mission is to promote the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of monuments, building complexes and sites.

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