Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards[1][2] in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
MottoEst modus in rebus
("There is measure in all things")
Formation1868 (1868)
TypeProfessional body
HeadquartersLondon, SW1
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′3″N 0°7′41″W
Region served
125,000 (2018)
Chief Executive Officer
Sean Tompkins
President (2018-19)
Chris Brooke
c. 900

RICS work at a cross-governmental level[3][4], delivering a single, international standard that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all.

Professionals holding RICS qualifications may use the following designations after their name: AssocRICS (Associate), MRICS (Member), FRICS (Fellow). Those with the designation MRICS or FRICS are also known as chartered surveyors[5].


RICS was founded in London as the Institution of Surveyors after a meeting of 49 surveyors at the Westminster Palace Hotel on 15 June 1868. The inaugural president was John Clutton (who founded Cluttons, a property firm still in business today). The organisation has occupied headquarters on the corner of Great George Street and Little George Street since then.[6] It received a Royal charter as The Surveyors' Institution on 26 August 1881.[7][note 1]

The Surveyors' Institution became the Chartered Surveyors' Institution in 1930.[8] In 1946, George VI granted the title "Royal" and in 1947 the professional body became the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.[9]

International presence

RICS headquarters is in London with its main support functions in Birmingham. There are regional offices in the United Kingdom, across mainland Europe, in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Brazil.

In 2018, there are RICS-qualified professionals in nearly 150 countries. RICS accredits 125,000 qualified and trainee professionals worldwide[10]. The majority of accredited individuals are still based in the United Kingdom with large numbers also in mainland Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. There is now a strong growth globally, particularly in China, India and the Americas.

RICS has close links with many national surveying institutions and is a founding member association of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). Within RICS the primary areas of practice represented at FIG are geomatics (land and hydrographic survey), environment, planning, construction and valuation.

RICS works in close collaboration with other professional bodies, central banks and international organisations such as The United Nations, World Bank and The European Union.

International standards

In 2013, RICS was a founder member of the coalition to develop International Property Measurement Standards, which launched its first standard – for measuring office space – in November 2014. It launched its second standard, for measuring residential buildings, in September 2016. In 2014 RICS was a founder member of the coalition to develop International Ethics Standards[11], standards designed to add greater consistency to developing and reinforcing professional ethics globally – these launched in December 2016.

To add greater consistency to the benchmarking, measuring, and reporting of construction project costs, International Construction Measurement Standards[12] published in July 2017. And the coalition for International Land Measurement Standards – to add consistency to the interpretation and documentation of tenure – launched in June 2016. In each case, coalition member bodies are committed to implementing the new standards through training and guidance for professional practitioners.


Entry to membership of RICS is via four main routes: academic; graduate; technical; and senior professional. RICS has links with universities worldwide, with whom they have accredited approved courses which satisfy part of the qualification requirements to become trainee surveyors. RICS also offers expedited routes to membership for qualified professional members of some partner associations.

RICS requires members to update their knowledge and competence during their working life through Continuing Professional Development.

  • Associate members may use "AssocRICS" after their names (previously members at this level were known as Technical Members and used the designation "TechRICS").[13]
  • Professional Members may use "MRICS" after their names (previously members at this level were known as Professional Associates and used the designation "ARICS").
  • Fellows may use "FRICS" after their names.
  • Honorary members may use “HonRICS” after their names.

Individuals holding the professional MRICS or FRICS designation are entitled to use the professional title designation "Chartered Surveyor" and variations such as "Chartered Building Surveyor" or "Chartered Quantity Surveyor", depending on their chosen specialist qualifications and field of expertise.

Professional groups

RICS specifies areas of specialism, each with its own professional group, clustered into Land, Property and Construction. Within each professional group there may be further specialisms.[14]

Property Professional Groups Land Professional Groups Built Environment Professional Groups
Arts & AntiquitiesEnvironmentBuilding Control
Commercial PropertyGeomaticsBuilding Surveying
Dispute ResolutionMinerals & WasteProject Management
Facilities ManagementPlanning & DevelopmentQuantity Surveying & Construction
Machinery & AssetsRuralDilapidations forum
Management ConsultancyTelecom forumInsurance forum
Residential propertyInfrastructure
Building conservation forum

Specialist accreditations

RICS aims to cover, among its practising members, property and construction related expertise generally. Specialised areas of practice expertise for which accreditation is available include:

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager Certification
  • Building Conservation
  • Chartered Environmentalists
  • Dispute Resolution
  • ECO Assessor Certification
  • Fixed Charge Receivership Scheme
  • Valuer Registration.

Past Presidents

A list of Past Presidents is set out below. The first President was John Clutton, who was elected in 1868. The first female President was Louise Brooke-Smith, who was elected in 2014. [15]

  • 1868 John Clutton
  • 1870 Richard Hall
  • 1872 Edward Norton Clifton
  • 1874 Thomas Huskinson
  • 1876 Edmund James Smith
  • 1878 William Sturge
  • 1880 Edward Ryde
  • 1883 Thomas Smith-Woolley
  • 1885 Edward L’Anson
  • 1886 William James Beadel MP
  • 1888 Elias Putts Squarey
  • 1890 Robert Collier Driver
  • 1892 Charles John Schoppe
  • 1894 Thomas Chatfield Clarke
  • 1895 Daniel Watney
  • 1897 Christopher Oakley
  • 1898 Robert Vickers
  • 1899 Thomas Miller Mickman
  • 1900 John Sharp
  • 1901 Sir John F L Rolleston MP
  • 1902 Arthur Vernon
  • 1903 Albert Buck
  • 1904 Herbert Thomas Steward
  • 1905 Charles Bidwell
  • 1906 George Langridge
  • 1907 Thomas Taylor Wainwright
  • 1908 Howard Martin
  • 1909 Sir Alexander Rose Stennard
  • 1910 Leslie Robert Vickers
  • 1911 Sir W Edgar Horne MP
  • 1912 Hon Edward Gerald Strutt CH
  • 1913 William Edward Wooley
  • 1914 Howard Chatfield Clarke
  • 1915 John Henry Hanson
  • 1916 Rt Hon George Fancies Stewart
  • 1917 Arthur Lyon Ryce
  • 1918 Sir John Hubert Oakley GBE
  • 1919 Andrew Young
  • 1920 John Willmot
  • 1921 Joseph Henry Sann
  • 1922 John McClarke Clarke
  • 1923 Sir James Ingus Davidson
  • 1924 Sir Edwin Savill OBE
  • 1925 John David Wallis
  • 1926 Denly Watney
  • 1927 Edward Samuel Cox
  • 1928 Charles Browning Fisher CBE
  • 1929 Charles Henry Bidwells
  • 1930 Ernest Hootham Lecester
  • 1931 John Evans Bidwell
  • 1932 Percival Fox Tuckett
  • 1933 Charles Gerald Eve
  • 1934 Alan Arnold
  • 1935 Harry Mercow Stanley
  • 1936 John Medows Theobald
  • 1937 Robert Cobb
  • 1938 Sir Charles Bressey CB CBE
  • 1939 Oswald Healing
  • 1940 Herbert Arthur Stweward
  • 1941 Maj-Gen Sir Herbert Covington Cole CB
  • 1942 Geoffrey Leslie Vickers
  • 1943 William Charles Farnsworth
  • 1944 James Bark
  • 1945 Edward Bailey Gillet
  • 1946 Alfred George Harfield
  • 1947 Richard William Trumpler
  • 1948 Stanley Vivian Hoys
  • 1949 John Arthur Fowls Watson
  • 1950 Herbert Percival Hobbs
  • 1951 John Anthony Arnold-Forster OBE
  • 1952 John Cassles Pinkerton MC
  • 1953 George Arnold Coombe MC
  • 1954 Charles Percival Bowyer TD
  • 1955 William Robinson Brackett OBE TD
  • 1956 Walter Edward Avison Bull
  • 1957 William Morton Balch
  • 1958 Frances George Fruley OBE
  • 1959 John Lewe Postlethwaite
  • 1960 John Douglas Tristram Eve
  • 1961 Eric Codwill Strathem
  • 1962 Geofrey Henry Haywood
  • 1963 Charlie Dennis Pilcher
  • 1964 George Dixon Walford
  • 1965 Sir Henry Weston Wells CBE
  • 1966 Guy Biscoe
  • 1967 Hugh Brian Eve
  • 1968 Sir Oliver Sidney Chesterton MC
  • 1969 John Clarke OBE TD
  • 1970 Edmund James Battersby
  • 1971 John Brendon George MBE TD
  • 1972 Martin Somervill Aroles
  • 1973 Edward Norman Harris AFC
  • 1974 Bernard John Collins CBE
  • 1975 David MacFarland Doic
  • 1976 Charles Field Frankton MBE
  • 1977 Frank Cecil Knowles
  • 1978 Peter Witheroe Grafton CBE
  • 1979 Richard Marshall Wilson
  • 1980 John Nigel Courtenay James
  • 1981 Philip Richard Vincent James
  • 1982 Richard William Peter Luff
  • 1983 Clifford Thomas Dann
  • 1984 Geoffrey Malcolm Townsend
  • 1985 Paul David Orchard-Lisle CBE TD DL
  • 1986 Donald Alexander Gordon Toley
  • 1987 Michael Garth Clarke TD
  • 1988 David Harris Robert Youce
  • 1989 David Ronald Male
  • 1990 Sir Daniel Norton Idris Pearce CBE
  • 1991 Edward Watts
  • 1992 Christopher William Jonas
  • 1993 Clive Hewitt Lewis
  • 1994 Ron Swanston
  • 1995 Simon Frances Pott
  • 1996 Jeremy David Baggot Bayliss
  • 1997 Peter McKinnon
  • 1998 Richard Neville Lay
  • 1999 Simon Henry Kolesar
  • 2000 Jonathan David Harris OBE
  • 2001 Peter Ralph Faulkner
  • 2002 Peter William Fall
  • 2003 Nicholas Brooke
  • 2004 Barry Gordon Gilbertson
  • 2005 Stephen Glynn Williams
  • 2006 Graham Frank Chase
  • 2007 David William Tuffin
  • 2008 Peter Eliot Goodacre RD
  • 2009 Max Osborn Crofts
  • 2010 Robert Peto
  • 2011 See Lian Ong KMN
  • 2012 Alan Pascoe Collett
  • 2013 Micheal Clive Newey
  • 2014 Jane Louise Brooke-Smith
  • 2015 Martin Johannes Bruhl
  • 2016 Amanda Georgina Clack
  • 2017 John Winston Hughes
  • 2018 Christopher John Brooke

RICS Matrics

The junior branch of RICS, known as Matrics (pronounced "matrix"), provides educational support, charitable and networking activities for surveying students, trainee surveyors (of any age) and Chartered Surveyors with ten years or less post-qualification experience.[16] It comprises some 40 local groups across the United Kingdom. Established in 1889 as the Junior Committee, it became the "Junior Organisation" ("JO") in 1928 and was re-branded as "RICS Matrics" in 2003. It also has links with the Young Chartered Surveyors in the Republic of Ireland.


BCIS is the Building Cost Information Service of RICS. Established in 1962 BCIS provides independent cost and price information to the construction industry and anyone else who needs comprehensive, accurate and independent data.[17] BCIS pioneered elemental cost planning in the early 1960s that is now the basis of early cost advice in the construction industry today. The organisation holds the largest independent database of cost plans in elemental form.

Services, available to government bodies and private developers, include measuring price movement, bench-marking, market research, statistical analysis, forecasting, and impact studies, relating to construction, maintenance, rebuilding and insurance. BCIS International offers survey-based cost information for markets outside the UK.

Charitable works

Lionheart is the benevolent fund for past and present RICS members and their families. The charity was established in 1899 and provides financial support, health and well-being packages, and work-related counselling and befriending support. RICS also supports the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, which helps young people enter the profession through apprenticeships;[18] Charity Property Help, which provides property advice to charities and voluntary organisations,[19] and The Chartered Surveyors' Voluntary Service (CSVS), a registered charity providing free property advice to people who would otherwise struggle to access professional assistance.[20]

See also


  1. Under the charter, full members were classed as Fellows (FSI) or Professional Associates (PASI). Non-chartered associate and student memberships were also provided for.[7]


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