Policies & Accreditations


Training & Development

Paul McAlister Architects are committed to the training and development of its staff throughout their careers.

We want everyone to fulfil their potential. All staff are encouraged to follow a Continuous Professional Development programme and are supported in maintaining the appropriate professional memberships (RIBA, ARB etc.) and moving up through the membership grades to full Member, Fellow or Chartered status.

Training is carried out both in-house and externally and development needs are tailored to the employees’ and Practice requirements through regular staff reviews followed by the implementation and monitoring of personal development.

Training may include anything from regular basic Health & Safety or CDM updates, general work and life skills, such as presentation skills, first aid and marketing, to professional qualifications including HNC, HND, degrees and specialised areas like BREEAM assessor or Principal Designer.

The ongoing training and development of our team builds knowledge, skills, enjoyment and confidence. It is an integral part of our Continuous Improvement plan and ensures we continue to meet and exceed our quality objectives.

Equal Opportunities

Paul McAlister Architects are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our employees. We aim to achieve an environment in which employees will be drawn from all sections of our society, where each individual is respected and able to achieve their full potential.

Environmental Policy     

Paul McAlister Architects operate a quality system in accordance with the environmental requirements of BS EN ISO 14001:2015

Quality Management Policy        

Paul McAlister Architects operate a quality system in accordance with the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2015

Health & Safety Policy   

Health and Safety is a fundamental consideration for all architects and designers. It should be part of everyday working both with activities inside the office and on every project. There is both a legal and professional responsibility to ensure understanding and application of health and safety principles at all times. Our Health and Safety policy sets out the standards and principles for the practice.



ISO 9001 : 2015

ISO 9001:2015 is a world wide recognised set of rules which companies implement with the aim of enhancing product or service quality within their organisation.


ISO 14001 : 2015

ISO 14001 - 2015 is principally a world wide recognised set of rules which companies implement with the aim of enhancing product or service quality within their organisation.



Directory of more than 12500 pre-qualified UK construction contractors and consultants. Owned and endorsed by the Department of Trade and Industry.


Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP)

SSIP acts as an umbrella organisation to facilitate mutual recognition between health and safety pre-qualification schemes wherever it is practicable to do so.


Passivhaus Institut

The Passivhaus (Passive house) standard for energy efficiency in buildings reduces the ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.


Stroma Certified (OCDEA)

Stroma adopts a co-ordinated approach to building sustainability and compliance, identifying & implementing the optimal planned or remedial measures for meeting energy performance targets & compliance requirements across the residential, commercial & public sectors.

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Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Professional association of architects in the United Kingdom along with international members. News, exhibitions, online shopping, directories of architects


Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA)

Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA). The RSUA is in alliance with the Royal Institute of British Architects and 99% of its members are members of RIBA.

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)

The RIAI is the Registration Body and Competent Authority for Architects in Ireland and issues statements confirming recognition of Irish prescribed qualifications and/or eligibility to seek registration.


Architects Registration Board

Architects Registration Board - Protecting the consumer and safeguarding the reputation of architects.


Association for Project Management

United Kingdom based organization dedicated to advancing the science of project management and the professional development of project managers.


Construction Skills Register

The Construction Skills Register (CSR) is a register of construction workers living in Northern Ireland who have completed the industry approved CSR health and safety training.


International Passive House Association

The international network for Passive House knowledge; promoting the Passive House Standard worldwide.


Passive House Association of Ireland

The Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI) is a catalyst for the increased awareness of the opportunities and benefits of low energy design based on the Passive House principles, across the Irish construction industry as a whole.


The Passive House Trust

The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard.