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RIBA Studio

North elevation of Function Follows Form: Compotorium by Tristan Kelly - RIBA Studio Part 2

RIBA Studio

The RIBA's practice-based Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications

RIBA Studio allows you to work full time in practice, retain your salary and gain your RIBA Part 1 or RIBA Part 2. It is delivered under a unique partnership with the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes, on behalf of RIBA.

In 2021, we are also excited to introduce the RIBA Foundation programme, aimed at those with an interest in architecture, looking to develop a portfolio and gain the experience needed to join a Part 1 programme. This is one of a wide range of RIBA initiatives aiming to make architecture a more inclusive profession.

Whether you're looking for a more flexible route into the profession or want a new career in the field, RIBA Studio provides the opportunity to support yourself while studying, remaining surrounded by the professionals in your architectural practice team.

If you achieve RIBA Part 2 through RIBA Studio, you’ll be well equipped to head straight into a Part 3 course and ultimately to register as an architect.

Our talented former students have achieved commendations in the RIBA President’s Medals, worked on RIBA Stirling Prize winning projects, and have featured on TV’s Grand Designs.

Essential information

RIBA Studio Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications are prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the RIBA.

Applications will open in April 2021 for entry in March 2022. You must be working under the supervision of a registered architect and practice in the UK, EU, EEA, Channel Islands or Isle of Man to apply.

The annual course fee for 2021/21 is £2,858. You will also need to factor in additional costs for tutorials and trips to Oxford.

You will need to appoint a personal tutor and attend Oxford a maximum of 5 to 8 days per year (depending on whether you're studying Part 1 or Part 2).

You will have access to benefits including:

  • online Moodle platform for assignment submission
  • free RIBA student membership
  • SCONUL access to academic library resources
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For information on eligibility, key dates, assessment criteria and more, visit the Oxford Brookes University website.

RIBA Studio open sessions

We're running a series of live webinars on the following dates. In these sessions, you will be able to find out more information about our unique route to qualification via the RIBA Foundation, RIBA Part 1 and 2.

Register using the links below.

Registering as an architect

To register as an architect in the UK, you will typically need to hold all of the following:

  • An ARB-prescribed Part 1 qualification
  • An ARB-prescribed Part 2 qualification
  • 24 months' practical experience, which comply with Rule 13B of ARB’s General Rules
  • An ARB-prescribed Part 3 qualification

If you're looking to register in EU member states, you should note requirements for registration vary. We recommend making sure your proposed combination of qualifications will entitle you to seek registration, or establishment as an architect, in the member state(s) where you want to practice. You should directly check this with the related competent authority.

Showcase of student work

The latest student graduates have presented works in the Oxford School of Architecture digital exhibition.

Garden view, Nourishment by Morten Jensen - RIBA Studio Part 1
Nourishment by Morten Jensen
Microrayon interior of Urban Density: Re-thinking High Rise_The Irony of Fate, by Robert Hodgen - RIBA Studio Part 2
Urban Density: Re-thinking High Rise_The Irony of Fate, by Robert Hodgen
View, Community Glass, by Paul Colfer - RIBA Studio Part 1
Community Glass by Paul Colfer
Masterplan of Urban Habitats by Rachael Jones, RIBA Studio Part 1
Urban Habitats by Rachael Jones

Contact us

The programme is managed by Sam Higham-Hughes at the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

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Banner image at top of the page from Function Follows Form by Tristan Kelly (2020).

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