This short course is specifically designed for EU qualified architects (covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive) who are working or preparing to work in the UK. It equally serves as a refresher course if you're returning to practice after taking time out from your career. The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass) is a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Continued Professional Development (CPD) provider.
This short course will provide an introduction to all aspects of working as an architect in the UK. This includes making appointments and setting fees, as well as working with sub-consultants and the wider design team. You'll also gain an understanding of the constraints around the construction industry such as planning, appointing contractors, different contractual options, and managing health and safety risk. It will also contain sessions on professionalism, the roles of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and an introduction to British law.
The course covers similar ground to the RIBA Part 3 course, but will not lead to accreditation as an architect. It is designed for people who have already qualified in the European Economic Area and who have a qualification covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC). For more details on qualification equivalence, contact the ARB. For the accredited RIBA 3 Examination in Professional Practice, please visit our RIBA 3 course page.
This course is different from the Part 3 course in the following ways:
You can read the RIBA Visiting Board Report for our architecture courses from 2017.
The RIBA: Practice in the UK short course will be delivered in 10 sessions. Each session will last two-and-a-quarter hours and, while the structure can vary slightly from week to week, it will typically include:
The aim of each week is to complement theory with a real-life, worked example to reinforce the ideas and to offer a different perspective. Each session is supplemented by a handout, which includes a summary of the main points and resources for further study.
Over the course of 10 weeks, we will cover:
On completion of the course, you'll receive a RIBA Continuing Professional Development Certificate of Attendance. In between the last two sessions of the course, a short case study and a series of questions will be issued. This will be completed in class as a joint exercise. While it will not be formally marked, this is an opportunity to test your understanding. Constructive feedback will be given.
This course is aimed at fully qualified architects and has been designed with European Economic Area (EEA) qualified architects with a qualification covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) in mind, although candidates with other backgrounds will be considered. It's also suitable for qualified architects seeking to refresh their professional knowledge before returning to practice after a break. Please note, this course will not lead to accreditation as an architect.
The course will be delivered in English. This is a technical course and will involve technical language. Keywords and phrases will be explained as simply as possible but in order to complete this course you will need to read and understand English well.
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|Course dates||Autumn dates will be confirmed in August|
|Length||One evening a week for 10 sessions|
|Day and time||Monday, 6.30pm to 8.45pm|
|Maximum class size||40|
RIBA members are eligible for a 20% discount, please contact us with your membership number before booking and we will send you the link to book at the reduced fee.
A 20% discount is available for:
If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.
The cost of materials is included in the course fee.
Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.
Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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