The course has been developed to allow candidates to reflect on the changing nature of practice in Architecture, through study, as well as preparing the candidate for registration and chartership.
Admission is open to those with RIBA Part 2 exemption. During the course, students are normally undertaking the second year of practical training in accordance with the requirements of the RIBA Practical Training Scheme. Qualified architects and built environment professionals can take one or more of the study modules for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) but are not candidates for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma or RIBA Part 3 exemption. Students who successfully complete the Part 3 examination, normally qualify for registration as an architect through the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and for membership of RIBA.
PGDip Architectural Practice
The Marketing, Management and Practice module is concerned with setting up, marketing and managing a practice; alternative approaches to practice; and management in the context of traditional and changing attitudes to professionalism.
Building Contracts covers the increasing range of building contracts, their application and the contractual relationships between parties.
The Architect and the Law covers legislation affecting planning and development and that relating to managing the business and the project in the context of current practice in the UK and beyond. This can be spent in a variety of work situations: the professional architectural office, the construction office or the component manufacture company.
Teaching methods include lectures from practising architects and office professionals, seminars and consultation on an individual basis relating to case studies. Work assignments are based on a participant's practical experience.
Assessment is through work assignments relating to the study modules, an examination taken in the student's workplace (practice paper) and a documentary submission comprising practical training record (log book/PEDR), case study, evaluation of practical experience, and an employer's report. This culminates in the professional interview.