I was delighted to read the article by Steven Naylor entitled 'Can You Manage, Sir?' (AJ 29.6.00). I did the course myself and so can wholeheartedly endorse its content and delivery. In addition to the intensive teaching sessions which brought the pre-reading into perspective, the practical sessions and a superb guest speaker (Tim Clarke, project manager for the 'Eden Project' at St Austell) brought the subject to life.
Since a joint memorandum of agreement between the RIBA and Association of Project Management (APM) was signed in February 1998 we have seen more than 100 members of the RIBA pass the Association for Project Management Professionals and join the APM at one level of membership or another. Many of our members have gone on to become active in this association.
Through our collaboration with the APM, the RIBA has been able to provide a meaningful and recognised qualification as par t of the Cer tificate in Project Management.
While recognising that project management is a generic discipline the RIBA has 'bolted on' a specifically architectural element to form the Cer tificate in Project Management, as Steven Naylor describes, which in years to come we expect will be recognised and even demanded by clients.
Many certificate candidates have joined the RIBA-linked society, Architects for Project Management (A4PM) and have also become involved in regional APM activities.
The joint agreement between RIBA and APM has enabled us to identify many other areas for collaboration and benefit. We have widened the scope for networking and CPD and I am sure it won't be long before we see our first RIBA member standing for APM Council. Peter Lord, chairman of the RIBA Project Management Task Force has recently been made an honorary fellow of the APM in recognition his work in bringing the two organisations together and devising the RIBA Certificate in project management.
Our members take the course for many reasons - to get qualified, to rationalise their practices with the rest of the industry and learn common terminology, or simply to be better placed to work with project managers and understand their function.
The RIBA Certificate is co-ordinated by the RIBA centrally and delivered by regional course providers. Tutors are approved by the APM. As your article states the last course was held in Cambridge but readers may like to know that the next course takes place on 20-22 and 27-29 October 2000 at Harrogate. This is the last course planned for this year.
Details are available from the RIBA Practice Department and it is recommended that readers secure a place sooner rather than later as the maximum number is 25. We keep numbers this low to allow for personal attention by the tutors.
Samantha McDonough, assistant director, Practice Department, RIBA
For information on the project management course call 020 7307 3749. You can contact Architects for Project Management (A4PM) through chairman Bill Hosking. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org