How to become a RIBA accredited architect

The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) offers a suite of courses in support of a professional architectural pathway:

Architecture BA (Hons)

This is a three year full-time undergraduate architectural education that offers exemption from ARB/RIBA Part I examinations. A period of employment between ARB/RIBA Parts I and II (Architecture BA (Hons) and the MArch) is not a requirement. However, exposure to professional practice and knowledge may be beneficial, and increase the maturity of your awareness and understanding. Architecture BA graduates in employment are encouraged to enrol in PEDR I.

PEDR I

This is a 15 month monitoring post-ARB/RIBA Part I programme where Professional Studies Advisors at LSA review, guide and endorse your professional experience.

Architecture MArch

This is a professional level architectural education that offers exemption from ARB/RIBA Part II examinations, and grants graduates with requisite professional experience eligibility to undertake a licensure preparation course and related examinations. The MArch at LSA is available as a  two year full time programme or a three year part-time programme. MArch architecture graduates in employment are encouraged to enrol in PEDR II.

A minimum of 24 months of logged professional experience, recent to the date of completion of assessments or examinations at Part III level in total is required to sit the Part III examination, of which 12 months minimum should be undertaken in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man under the direct supervision of an architect. In order to log this supervised experience, the LSA offers a graduate monitoring programme, PEDR II. This programme is also available as a four year apprenticeship, see below for more information.

PEDR II

This is a 12 month monitoring post ARB/RIBA Part II programme where Professional Studies Advisors at LSA review, guide and endorse your professional experience.

Architectural Practice Postgraduate Diploma

This is a professional level architectural education that offers exemption from ARB/RIBA Part IIII examinations, and grants graduates the eligibility join the Architects Registration Board’s register of Architects.

Architect Degree Apprenticeship

This is a professional level architectural education that offers exemption from ARB/RIBA Parts II and III. The four year apprenticeship programme is intergrated with the existing MArch and PG Diploma in Architecture Practice programmes at DMU. The programme is suitable for professionals who are ARB Part I validated and employed by an Apprenticeship Levy paying organisation. Successful completion of the Architect Degree Apprenticeship will give access to membership of the RIBA following successful registration with the ARB.

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