The Viva Voce (oral interview)

Your final interview, the Viva Voce, will last approximately 45 minutes and will be conducted by two interviewers. The interview begins with 5 minutes of introduction and explanation of the process as well as gently warming up the conversation. Discussion about your Case Study will last approximately 20 minutes, with one of the interviewers takingContinue reading “The Viva Voce (oral interview)”

Part Three: Final submission

Your final submission document is likely to be comprised of the following elements: your CV a Career Appraisal a Case Study 24 months of PEDRs CV Your CV is included to offer an overall snapshot of your professional experience, so it is important to make sure it is fully updated! It can also be aContinue reading “Part Three: Final submission”

Part Three: Open book exams

An ‘open book’ exam means you are allowed to take books and other material into the exam with you. Any material found within the public domain can be taken in, which includes: books, presentation slides and course handouts. Any personal annotations in your materials must be kept to an absolute minimum. A three hour examContinue reading “Part Three: Open book exams”

Part Three: Workplace preparation

It is important to discuss your career ambitions with your employer as early as possible. Your employer may be able to offer support, in way of fee funding or employee mentorship schemes, as well as arranging suitable work based experiences. Many employers wish to retain their staff, particularly if they have been with the firmContinue reading “Part Three: Workplace preparation”

Part Three: Mindset

Throughout the Part Three course, and especially so for the Oral, you need to have the right mindset. You are trying to demonstrate to the examiners that you are worthy of the professional title of Architect. If you do not have the mindset of the professional, if you are not confident in your role, youContinue reading “Part Three: Mindset”

Part Three: Recommended reading

The amount of knowledge you need to absorb is vast and selecting the correct books to rely on can make a huge difference to your learning. The list of books below are those I reached for most often and used during the open book exams. Recommended by tutors during lectures, by friends and colleagues, thisContinue reading “Part Three: Recommended reading”

RIBA Part Three (Professional qualification)

Please note: The information contained here is based on my own personal experience at the University of Westminster, which will be slightly different to other universities. The course run by the University of Westminster is based around one evening lecture per week, covering law and regulations during Semester One then practice management and finances duringContinue reading “RIBA Part Three (Professional qualification)”

Preparing for RIBA Part Three

Before applying to start a Part Three, it is important to consider if you are professionally ready. A huge part of the Part Three submission is your Case Study, which requires you to be involved with a project reaching at least Stage 5 on the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. An ideal case study projectContinue reading “Preparing for RIBA Part Three”

RIBA Part Two (Postgraduate)

A RIBA Part Two course will build upon the knowledge already gained, whilst exposing you to more complex project briefs and more challenging research. Some people choose to return to the same university they attended for Part One, which can offer the benefit of a familiar surrounding. On the other hand, choosing a different universityContinue reading “RIBA Part Two (Postgraduate)”

RIBA Part One (Undergraduate) and year out

RIBA Part One Beginning study at university is a fun, exciting and amazing time and it can set you up for a long and enjoyable career. The experiences will last you a lifetime, but it is also the foundation for the direction your career will take. The design studio that you select each year willContinue reading “RIBA Part One (Undergraduate) and year out”

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