Professional Experience in Architecture Year Out

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

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.

Although the start date has passed, you will still be able to enrol for the course throughout the year.

Courses no longer available
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
26 September 2016 1 year 4 evening sessions £125/£250 Already started

If you are based outside the UK for the duration of the year out, the course fee is reduced to £125. You will be able to select this option when completing the registration form.

Please note that no refunds will be given.

Course content

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.

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

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.

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

All 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.

Contact us

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Sali Mudawi
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS

s.mudawi@westminster.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 7911 5000 Ext 66818