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RIBA Validated international courses

RIBA Validated courses worldwide

RIBA Validation is a peer review process that monitors compliance with internationally recognised minimum standards in architectural education, and encourages excellence and diversity in student achievement.

Visiting Boards visit schools of architecture to assess the output standard of courses for exemption from the RIBA's examinations in architecture. 

Below is a list of RIBA Validated international courses. You can download a PDF of all schools and courses at the bottom of the page. 

RIBA VALIDATED COURSES around the world

COUNTRY INSTITUTION OR EXAMINING BODY COURSES/EXAMINATIONS VALIDATED BY THE RIBA RECOGNISED FROM RIBA VISITING BOARD REPORT
Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi University 

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Candidate course for Part 1: Bachelor of Architecture
August 2016 View 2016 exploratory report (PDF)

Next visit 2018
Argentina

University of Belgrano 

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Part 1 and Part 2: Programme of Architecture (5 years)
Dec 2006 2012 report (confidential)

Next visit 2017/18
Argentina

University of Palmero

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Part 1: Professional Qualification in Architecture (first 3 years)

Part 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (4th and 5th years)
June 2006 2012 report (confidential)

Next visit 2017/18
Azerbaijan Visit website
Candidate course for Part 1: Bachelor Programme
May 2016 View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit TBC
Bulgaria University of Architecture, Civil Engineering & Geodesy, Sofia
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Parts 1 and 2: Master of Architecture
2004 View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit 2019
Chile University of Chile, Santiago
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Part 1 and 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (6 years)
1992 2012/3 report (confidential)

Next visit 2018
Chile Central University Santiago
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Part 1 and 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (6 years)
1992 2013 report (confidential)

Next visit 2018
Chile University of the Bio Bio
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Part 1 and 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (6 years)
1991 View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit TBC
Chile Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago
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Part 1 and 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (6 years)
1996 View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit 2021
Chile University of Valparaiso
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Part 1 and 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (6 years)
1991 View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit 2021
China University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (UNNC)
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Part 1: BArch (Hons) Architecture (Architecture and Built Environment)/B.Eng (Hons) Architecture. Students enrolled from the 2012/2013 academic session onwards will be awarded the BEng (Hons) Architecture
2014 View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit 2019
China Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)
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Part 1: BEng Architecture (first 3 years)
Note: The BEng in Architecture programme awards two degrees, stemming from the same learning outcomes, learning and teaching and quality assurance processes: the XJTLU BEng in Architecture and the University of Liverpool BEng in Architecture.
Candidate Course for Part 2: MArch (Des)
2014
2015
View 2014 report (PDF) Part 1

View 2016 report (PDF) MArch Des.

Next visit 2019
China - Hong Kong The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Part 1: Bachelor of Social Science (Architectural Studies)
BSSc (AS)
Part 2: Master of Architecture (MArch)
Contact RIBA View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit 2020
China - Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong
Part 1: Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (BAAS), 4 years
Part 2: Master of Architecture (MArch), 2 years
1968 View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit 2022
China - Hong Kong  University of Central Lancashire 
Hong Kong Vocational Training Council
School for Higher and Professional Education
(UCLAN / HKVTC / SHAPE)
BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies, candidate course for Part 1  2017   View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit TBC
Colombia Pontificial University of Bolivariana
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Part 1: first three years full-time of the Professional Qualification in Architecture
Part 1 and 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (5 years)
1997 View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit 2020
Colombia Pontificial University of Javeriana
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Part 1 and 2: Programme of Architecture (end of semester 10)
2006 View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit 2021
Colombia University of Piloto
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2009 View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit 2019
Colombia Catholic University of Colombia, Bogota
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Part 1: first three years full-time of the Professional Qualification in Architecture
Part 1 and 2: Professional Qualification in Architecture (5 years)
1995 View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit 2021
Colombia Universidad de La Salle, Bogota
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Candidate course status for Parts 1 & 2:
Programme of Architecture (Parts 1 & 2)
2015
(candidate course)
View 2017 report (PDF) 

Next visit TBC
Colombia  Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota The Programme of Architecture  2017  View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit TBC
Colombia  Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales The Programme of Architecture 2017 View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit TBC
Denmark Aarhus School of Architecture
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PART 2 Master of Arts in Architecture (with effect from the 2015 graduating cohort)
2015 View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit 2020
Dubai Heriot-Watt University, Dubai campus
BA Architecture (3 years); BA (Hons) Architecture, 4 years - candidate course status for Part 1
2017 (candidate course status) View 2017 exploratory report (PDF)

Next visit TBC
Egypt Arab Academy of Science and Technology - Alexandria
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Part 1: on completion of term 8 of BSc in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design (4 years full time, comprising 1 year Foundation + 3 years)

Part 2: on completion of terms 9 and 10 of the BSc programme plus 4 terms of the graduate studies programme MSc in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design (1 year full time, plus 2 years part time)
2004 View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit 2019
Egypt Arab Academy of Science and Technology - Cairo
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Part 1: on completion of term 8 of BSc in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design (4 years full time, comprising 1 year Foundation + 3 years) 

Part 2: on completion of terms 9 and 10 of the BSc programme plus 4 terms of the graduate studies programme MSc in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design (1 year full time, plus 2 years part time)
2006

2011/12 graduating cohort

View 2012 report (PDF)

View 2013 Part 2 report (PDF)

Greece AKMI Metropolitan College, Athens
Part 1: BA (Hons) Architecture– degree awarded by the University of East London (UEL), UK

Part 2: MArch Architecture and Urbanism - candidate course - in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth, UK
2015

View 2015 report (PDF)

View 2017 report (PDF)

Greece AKMI Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki
Part 1: BA (Hons) Architecture– degree awarded by the University of East London (UEL), UK
Feb 2016
(candidate course)
July 2016 (full)
View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit 2021
Ireland

University College Dublin
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Part 1: BSc (Architectural Science) 3 years

Part 2: BArch/MArch (2 years)

View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit 2018
Ireland Sligo Institute of Technology
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Part 1: BA(Hons) Architectural Design
2012 graduating cohort View 2013 report (PDF)

Next visit 2018
Lebanon Beirut Arab University (Debbieh)
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RIBA Part 1 met after 1-4yr programme (4th year of Bachelor in Architectural Engineering)
RIBA Part 2 met after 5 & 6 yr programme (graduation level of Bachelor in Architectural Engineering + 1yr postgrad. course leading to Master in Architecture)
2012
2015
View 2017 report (PDF)

Next visit 2022
Lebanon  Beirut Arab University (Tripoli) Candidate course:
RIBA Part 1 met after 1-4yr programme (4th year of Bachelor in Architectural Engineering)
RIBA Part 2 met after 5 & 6 yr programme (graduation level of Bachelor in Architectural Englineering + 1yr postgrad. course leading to Master in Architecture)
2017 View 2017 report (PDF) 

Next visit 2018
Malaysia University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
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Part 1: Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSc Architecture), 3 years full time
Part 2: Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), 2 years full time
2005 View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit 2021
Malaysia University Teknologi (MARA) (UiTM) – Shah Alam
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Part 1: Bachelor of Science (Architecture) BSc (Arch) 3-4 years
Part 2: Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) Part 2 (2 years)/ M.Arch (from 2013)
2009 View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit 2019
Malaysia University Teknologi (MARA) (UiTM) Perak
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Part 1: BSc Architecture, part 1
2014 View 2014 report (PDF)

Next visit 2019
Peru  Universidad Nacional de Piura (UNP)
Part 1: Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism (5 years full time) 2011 Report confidential.
Next visit 2018
Peru
Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI)
Part 1: Bachelor of Science in Architecture (5 years full time) 2011  Report confidential.
Next visit 2018
Poland
Cracow University of Technology
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Part 1: Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (7 semesters)
Part 2: Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design (3 semesters)
Note: Award title changed to current titles in 2012/13 academic year.

2000 Report confidential.
Next visit 2017
Romania
'Ion Mincu' University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest
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Parts 1 and 2: Diploma of Architecture with specialisation in Architectural Design (Diploma of Architecture) 1998 Report confidential.
Next visit 2017
Serbia University of Belgrade
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Part 1: Bachelor of Architecture, 3 years full time
Part 2: Master of Architecture, 2 years full time
2015 View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit 2020
Singapore National University of Singapore
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Part 1: first three years of the four year, full-time, course and examinations of the BA (Arch), Honours programme
Part 2: final year of the four year, full-time course and examinations of the BA (Arch) Honours programme together with the one year, full-time, course and examinations of the MArch programme. Both as giving exemption from Part 2 of the RIBA Examination in Architecture
Part 1: 1968
Part 2: 1985
View 2015 report (PDF)

Next visit 2020
South Korea Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul
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Part 1: First 3 years of the Bachelor of Architecture
Part 2: Final 2 years of the Bachelor of Architecture
2006 View 2016 report (PDF)

Next visit 2021
Sri Lanka University of Moratuwa
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Part 1: First five semesters full time BArch (Honours) plus 44 weeks monitored practical training
Part 2: Fourth and fifth years of full time study leading to the award of the full time BArch (Honours) 
1986 View 2016 report (PDF)
Next visit 2021
Sri Lanka City School of Architecture, Colombo
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Part 1: City School of Architecture Part 1 course, Diploma in Architectural Studies (4 years)
Part 2: City School of Architecture Part 2 course, Higher Diploma in Architecture (3 years) 
2011 View 2016 report (PDF)
Next visit 2021

Terminology: The designation 'Candidate course for validation' implies that the proposals for this course are judged to have the potential to meet the RIBA criteria, if implemented as anticipated. It is not equivalent to RIBA Validation, which can only be granted once the standards of the work produced have been assessed and found satisfactory. For more information about RIBA Validated courses or schools, or to enquire about applying for validation, contact the team.

 

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