School of Architecture

  • RIBA Studio

    Open Sessions

    Saturday 6 April 2019, 10:00–11:00, London
    Saturday 11 May 2019, 10:00–12:00, Oxford
    Saturday 1 June 2019, 10:00–12:00, Oxford

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  • RIBA Studio

    RIBA Certificate (Part 1) and RIBA Diploma (Part 2) for students working in architectural practice

    Do you want to complete your Part 1 or Part 2 at your own pace whilst investing your time in practice and earning a salary?

    Does the idea of creating your own independent school of architecture appeal to you, appointing your own tutors to help you achieve your goals?

    Are you currently based in practice anywhere in the UK, EU, EEA, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, and working under the supervision of a registered architect?

    RIBA Studio offers students the ability to complete their Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications whilst remaining in practice.


    RIBA Certificate (Part 1):

    The Part 1 Certificate in Architecture commonly attracts those qualified in architectural technology who wish to switch to studying architecture; as well as those who have gone straight into practice from school or college.


    RIBA Diploma (Part 2):

    The Part 2 Diploma in Architecture is popular with students who have completed their Part 1 at university and who have remained in practice following their year out, often reaching a position of responsibility or with family commitments that make it impractical to return to full or part-time study.


    To find out more, book onto one of our open sessions.

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  • 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 to 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 of 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 course 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
    ribastudio@brookes.ac.uk