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. This may mean that your chosen short course will be delivered online. We will notify you of any changes to the currently planned mode of delivery as soon as possible.

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

This course will help you get the most out of your post RIBA Part I Year Out by combining practical work experience with the knowledge and guidance of a professional studies advisor (PSA).

Registering as an architect

To register as an architect in the UK, the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) requires at least 24 months' professional experience, 12 months of which must be completed before students begin their RIBA Part II course.

This experience is overseen by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) through their Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR). Your PEDR is used as evidence of this experience, which must be validated by two supervisors every three months. These supervisors should be an employer, preferably an architect, and a professional studies advisor.

Who is this course for?

To enrol on this course you should have successfully completed your Architecture BA or RIBA Part I equivalent.

If you have already completed your RIBA Part II course and are looking for a PSA to supervise your work experience, please take a look at our Preparing for Practice: Professional Studies for Postgraduate Architectural Students short course.

You will be able to enrol for the course throughout the year.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the Professional Experience in Architecture Year Out, you will:

  • have developed an understanding of the process and procedures of architectural practice

  • be familiar with the requirements of the ARB and the RIBA
  • have been introduced to basic statutory regulations
  • have enhanced your personal and professional skills 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

This course consists of four evening sessions held at the University of Westminster and continued PEDR support from a PSA for the full academic year. Your PSA will be an academic member of staff in the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster.

You must undertake at least three months of work experience at an architectural practice over the year out. If you have not secured a placement before the course start, you will receive additional CV and portfolio guidance.

Our tutors

Your professional studies advisor and tutor will be Jane Tankard. Jane is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at University of Westminster and has extensive professional experience, both as an architect and as an academic.


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
6 October 2020

Mode of delivery

Online virtual classroom

Day and time

Tuesday evenings


4 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.