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How should Part 3 change? Alastair Robertson

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Alastair Robertson, Part 3 professional studies advisor, Architectural Association and examinations consultant

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Professional registration is a good thing but architecture is now one of the only undifferentiated professions, with a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

I suggest that ARB and the RIBA introduce a membership structure based on the three main strata of professional practice – project initiation, project development and project administration – and admitted people to membership once they had satisfied examination requirements in at least one of these. Not only would graduates be able to enter the profession at a much earlier stage and age, be able to specialise in one particular field if they wished, but also ARB and RIBA would not miss out on the three or four years of membership fees lost while students scramble to get all the pieces of the present competency jigsaw together.

It allows the client either to choose a ‘general practitioner’ qualified in all areas, or a specialist who focuses on a particular aspect of delivery.

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