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Royal Institution of Naval Architects

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Royal Institution of Naval Architects
FounderEdward Reed, Rev Joseph Woolley, John Penn and Frederick Kynaston Barnes
TypeProfessional Institution
FocusNaval Architects
Headquarters8-9, Northumberland St, London WC2N 5DA
Area served
MethodInternational Membership, Conferences, Publications
Key people
Charles III (Patron), Chris Boyd (Chief Executive),

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (also known as RINA) is a professional institution and global governing body for naval architecture and maritime engineering. Members work in industry, academia, and maritime organisations worldwide, participating in the design, construction, repair, and operation of ships, boats, and marine structures in over 90 countries.

The Patron of the Institution was Queen Elizabeth II but is now King Charles III.



The Royal Institution of Naval Architects was founded in Britain in 1860 as The Institution of Naval Architects and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1910 and 1960 to "advance the art and science of ship design."[1]

Founding members included John Scott Russell, Edward Reed, Rev. Joseph Woolley, Nathaniel Barnaby, Frederick Kynaston Barnes, and John Penn.[2]

On April 9, 1919, Blanche Thornycroft, Rachel Mary Parsons, and Eily Keary became the first women admitted into the institution.[3]


Coat of arms of Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Granted 10 February 1955[4]
On a wreath Argent and Azure, A lymphad Proper, sail barry wavy of eight Argent and Azure charged with a sun in splendour Or, pennon and flags flying also Azure.
Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy of six Argent and of the first, issuant from the fess line a sun in splendour; over all a three-masted ship of the seventeenth century in full sail Proper, pennon and flags flying also of the first.
On either side a dolphin Or, gorged with a naval crown with a rope pendent therefrom and reflexed over the back Azure.
'Salum Et Carinae Pignora Vitae'

Historical members


The following have been members of the society historically:

See also



  1. ^ "About the Royal Institution of Naval Architects". RINA website.
  2. ^ The Royal Institution of Naval Architects and its Work – 1860–1960 – A Brief Historical Note, retrieved 20 May 2013
  3. ^ "The Woman Engineer". www2.theiet.org. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  4. ^ "Royal Institution of Naval Architects". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 19 September 2022.