Both the ARB and the RIBA have thrown their weight behind a new architecture course at Northumbria University in Newcastle.
The move means that the Architectural Design and Management Programme course is now fully validated for Parts 1 and 2. Its qualifications are part of the official route to becoming a recognised architect.
A recent RIBA inspection was the precursor to full validation.
Its inspector's report commended the staff for creating 'a strong design school', and applauded the 'quality of design achieved by all students'.
The course aims to produce graduates who are able to undertake creative design and management roles within the built environment, and progress to the next stage of a conventional architectural education.
The school also gives special focus to the issues of management in architectural design.
Professor David Fleming, dean of Northumbria's Built Environment School, said he was pleased with the news.
'We are delighted that our course has been recognised for its high-quality teaching standards and its ability to work closely with professionals - especially as our students have been so successful in going on to find employment in the field, ' he said.
'This double endorsement pays tribute to both our teaching quality and our standing in the profession, ' Fleming added.