Goodbye Parts 1,2 and 3: RIBA endorses shorter route to qualification
RIBA Council has backed plans to abandon Parts 1 to 3 and develop a new streamlined route to qualification which could take only five years
The institute’s elected council has signed up to a radical reform agenda as part of a two-year review of architectural education.
Key principles include abandoning the Part 1 to 3 system in favour of an ‘integrated award’ leading to registration.
The reform would mean upon completing university graduates would be immediately able to register as an architect.
The review follows major changes in the EU’s Professional Qualifications Directive which set the minimum requirement for qualification at either five years of university-level training or four years of study supplemented by a supervised professional traineeship of a minimum of two years.
It is understood the RIBA’s ‘integrated award’ could last five years although the required standards for qualification would be even higher than those now.
Other reforms endorsed by RIBA council today (5 December) include enhancing relationships between practice and academia and creating conversion courses allowing non-architect undergraduates degree holders to join the profession.
RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: ‘The principles for architectural education reform have been designed to encourage flexibility and address the reality that not all graduates wish to become registered architects.
‘We are working closely with members, RIBA accredited schools, government, the EU and all interested parties on the Education Review to ensure that the process of qualifying provides the best and most appropriate education, in the shortest possible time whilst maintaining quality.’
Roz Barr, RIBA vice president of education said: ‘Considering which framework will best suit the need of future generations of architecture students is a complex and sensitive issue that we are determined to resolve.
‘The RIBA Education Review will now seek a rigorous understanding of the details of this new legislation. A broader understanding of which framework offers the greatest flexibility for students, academics, and professional practice will emerge in the next six months, subject to clarifications currently being sought in Europe.’