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RIBA: Practice in the UK

RIBA: Practice in the UK



This is an introduction to the UK construction industry, from an architectural, professional, legal and financial basis. It is aimed at non-UK qualified architects, and those seeking to return to the industry after a break.


Detailed Description

This course is specifically designed for EU qualified Architects (covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive) who are working or preparing to work in the UK but it equally serves as a refresher course to those returning to practice after a break

It will give an introduction to all aspects of working as an Architect in the UK, from: appointments and setting fees; working with sub consultants and the wider design team; understanding the constraints around the construction industry including planning; appointing contractors and the different contractual options; and managing Health & Safety and risk. It will also contain sessions on Professionalism, the roles of the ARB and RIBA and an introduction to British Law.

The course covers much the same ground as 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, see here.

This course is different from the Part 3 course in that:
• you do not need to have done RIBA Part II to do the course
• it does not assume that you already have an understating of the UK construction industry
• it is not focussed on the assessment

To view the RIBA Visiting Board Report from January 2012 click here

The course will be delivered in 10 sessions. Each session will last 2.25 hours and include (please note this is subject to change):

  • An introductory lecture of about an hour, and hour and a quarter.
  • A lecture, case study or interview with or by a professional related to the field. These guest speakers are drawn from across the industry and will include lawyers, journalists, architects, clients and representatives or the professional boards.
  • The opportunity to ask questions or explore opinions
  • Each session will be supplemented by a handout, which will include a summary of the main points and resources for further study.

The ten sessions will cover: Introduction & Sources of Information; Professionalism; The Role of the Architect; Controls over the Built Environment; the UK Legal Framework; Contract & Procurement (2 sessions); HR issues; Appointments & Charging Clients & Risk, Insurance and Dispute Resolution.


On completion of the course, the students will receive an 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 not be formally marked, but constructive feedback can be given.

This course is specifically designed for non UK qualified Architects who are working or seeking work in the UK. It is also suitable for qualified architects seeking to refresh their professional knowledge before returning to practice after an a break.

All applicants to the course should be EEA qualified Architects with a qualification covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC)

Please note that the course will be delivered in English. This is a technical course, and will involve technical language. Key words 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.

Dates: 15.01.18 - 19.03.18
Day: Monday, 18.30 - 20.45
Duration: One evening a week for 10 weeks
Cost: £920

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.