We will be tailoring our delivery of our short courses in the year ahead, in accordance with government guidance on physical distancing, with the safety, health and wellbeing of our University community at the heart of our decisions. We will be delivering the Preparing for Practice: Professional Studies for Postgraduate Architectural Students short course via online virtual classroom for 2020-21.

Whatever the way you start your Westminster experience - online, on campus or a blend of these - you can be assured of a warm welcome at our University, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience, are our priorities.


Course summary

Most students who have just finished their Part 2 Diploma or MArch take a year to orientate themselves in practice before starting their Part 3 course.

This short evening course to be held in the autumn, with continuous enrolment, is designed to prepare you for this period in practice and to make the most of this professional experience.

The course will be led by two of our RIBA Part 3 team who have extensive experience of guiding students through their practical experience.

Features include:

  • A PSA to sign your PEDR’s and give you advice during the year
  • Seminars on what to look for in practice to prepare for Part 3
  • Guidance on showing the value you have to offer
  • On-line conference meeting format

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • understand the process and procedures of architectural practice
  • be familiar with the requirements of the ARB and the RIBA
  • understand how to prepare for the RIBA Part III course
  • have enhanced your personal and professional skills you need to expand career opportunities
  • have developed your reflective learning

Further information

Find out more about the role of a professional studies advisor (PSA).

All the information you need on PEDR and becoming an architect is available on the PEDR website.

RIBA student membership

Student membership is free to all RIBA Part I and Part II students.

Course structure

Introduction Session (6.30pm – 8pm) Tuesday 27 October 2020

Wilfred Achille


Each student will share their experience of working as a team and technical issues in practice. Each student must prepare a 20 slide PowerPoint presentation and a 20 second short talk.               

Each slide should focus on the following:

  1. Working with consultants e.g. structural/mechanical/electrical engineers to resolve a technical issues
  2. Highs and lows of working with others within the practice e.g. IT specialist to resolve BIM issues or assisting project architects with specific tasks

Session 1 – Tuesday 27 October 2020

(6.30-8pm) – How to make the most of your practical work experience and the tools required to succeed part 3 (Wilfred Achille, Mode 1 Architects and now 2PM London Ltd)

Session 2 – Tuesday 24 November 2020

(6.30-8pm) – Professionalism demystified (Tai Lau, 2PM London)

Session 3 – Tuesday 8 December 2020

(6.30-8pm) – Negotiation Skills (Tai Lau, 2PM London)

Session 4 – Tuesday 26 January 2021

(6.30-8pm) – Exposure and Experience (Tai Lau, 2PM London)

Session 5 – Tuesday 23 February 2021

(6.30-8pm) – Developing critical thinking and self-awareness (Tai Lau, 2PM London)

Session 6 – Tuesday 30 March 2021

(6.30-8pm) – Running the office (Wilfred Achille, 2PM London)

Session 7 – Tuesday 27 April 2021

(6.30-8pm) – Understanding planning, conservation and building control (Edward Ihejirika, DCUK)

Session 8 – Tuesday 25 May 2021

(6.30-8pm) - Types of building procurement routes explained (Alan Brown, IID Architects)

Session 9 – Tuesday 8 June 2021

(6.30-8pm) – Your question and answers (Wilfred Achille)


Please note: This course has continuous enrolment. You can attend any sessions that have already taken place before signing up when they are repeated the following year.


Start date
Mode of delivery
Day and time
27 October 2020

Mode of delivery

Online virtual class

Day and time



9 sessions




This course is taught at our Marylebone Campus in central London, within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

 Accessibility: Together with AccessAble, we have created online Disabled Access Guides for our buildings.