School of Architecture

  • Open Sessions

    Friday 4 May 2018
    10.00am - 12.00 noon, London

    Saturday 2 June 2018
    10.00am - 12.00 noon, Oxford

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  • RIBA Studio

    Part 1 or Part 2 for students working in architectural practice

    School of Architecture offers an alternative practice-based route to becoming an architect with the RIBA Studio (formerly the RIBA Examination in Architecture for Office-based candidates RIBA OBE) for students working full-time in architectural practice in the EEA. The RIBA Studio is a unique programme for those wishing to obtain the RIBA Certificate in Architecture (Part 1) or the RIBA Diploma in Architecture (Part 2) qualifications while working full-time in an architectural office. Length of study is usually between 3-5 years. In order to accommodate students' lives, students may withdraw from study without penalty for up to 3 years.

    Applications for 2019 entry are now open.

    RIBA Certificate Eligibility 2019 » RIBA Diploma Eligibility 2019 » Fees and how to apply »

    A minimum of 3 years' practical experience and similar educational qualifications to those required by schools of architecture (see below). Graduates from related construction industry disciplines are eligible to apply for entry to the RIBA Certificate if they have also gained a minimum of 3 years' certified working experience in architectural practice. Graduates with degrees in non-construction industry subjects are required to provide evidence of 3 years' certified post-graduate experience in an architect's office to enter the RIBA Certificate.

    New for the RIBA Diploma in Architecture: Part 2 distance learning programme doesn't require 3 years prior experience before being eligible to do the programme.

  • Practice-based study

    The RIBA Studio is a unique system in which formally assessed academic work is supported by learning through experience in the student's place of employment, with the sequence mirroring the development and realisation of design projects in architectural practice.

    Flexibly operated

    Because the RIBA Studio is offered as an alternative route to qualification for those unable t o benefit from full-time or part-time courses, it is operated flexibly, within prescribed limits, in order to accommodate fluctuations in students' circumstances. This is managed through a system o f annual learning contracts and formal deferrals.

    Office Mentors

    Individual study for the both courses must be supported by day-to-day learning and experience of architectural practice. To facilitate this, each student appoints a registered architect from their practice to be their mentor. The mentor ensures that the practice experience is wide ranging and contributes to learning.

    Personal tutors

    Tutors are appointed by students for the duration of the programme and must be completely independent of the student’s office. They should be experienced design tutors in architectural education, and ideally architects registered in the country where the student is working.

    Professional qualification

    Students who qualify through this route, are then eligible to take the UK Part 3 which leads to:

    • Full chartered membership of the RIBA.
    • Recognition by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for UK architects' registration.
    • Recognition throughout Europe under the European Union (EU) Professional Qualifications Directive.
  • Travel

    All written and design examinations take place in Oxford, so travel expenses need to be considered. Students may wish to book overnight accommodation prior to assessment days. Normally, students will not be expected to travel to Oxford or London more than five days each year. Whilst it is a matter for negotiation between students and their offices, it is expected that study leave would be granted without affecting annual leave.

    Contact us

    Sam Hughes

    School of Architecture
    Oxford Brookes University
    Headington Campus
    Gipsy Lane
    Oxford UK
    OX3 0BP

    Tel: +44 (0)1865 483413