How to become an architect
Part 1. BA (Hons) Architecture followed by first year of experience in practice
Part 2. Master of Architecture (MArch) followed by second year of experience in practice
Part 3. Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice
The Leeds School of Architecture is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and offers these three qualifications prescribed by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) which would lead you to registered status.
Part 1 - BA (Hons) Architecture
After completing this stage of studies, you can continue your studies in architecture, or gain further qualifications in specialist related fields such as design, planning, urban design, conservation, or pursue a career in an architecture related field.
To continue to the next stage, you will need a period of practical experience in an Architectural office, typically for one year (called Year Out). During this period you are supervised and monitored by a Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) from your university and by an employment mentor from your practice. You will record your experience in the RIBA Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) on the PEDR website.
Part 2 - Master of Architecture (MArch)
After Part 2, you will require a second stage of practical experience in architecture. A total of 24 months’ experience (first stage after Part 1 and second stage after Part 2) is required to then sit the Part 3 examination, of which 12 months minimum should be undertaken in the EEA under the direct supervision of an architect. At this stage graduates begin studying aspects of practice, management and law while studying on a Part 3 programme.
Part 3 - Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice
This course offers a combination of academic content with work experience during the final 12 month period of practical training experience (Stage 2). A minimum of 24 months experience is required in total prior to taking this examination.
The course meets the ARB and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 3 requirements for final qualification and registration as an architect. On passing the Part 3 examination students are entitled to register as an architect in the UK with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The term ‘architect’ is a protected title and can only be used by ARB registered architects.
Students attend a series of lectures and workshops on the various topics delivered by specialists from the construction industry.
At the Part 3 final examination candidates are assessed on the following components: their 24 months of practical experience recorded through the PEDR website; professional CV and career evaluation; a case study; two office based written examinations in professional practice and contract administration; and a final oral examination.