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RIBA Future Architects Prep for Practice

To help you in your transition to employment or to continue on with your education, Prep for Practice is a programme of support aimed at graduating Part 1 and Part 2 students.

31 March 2023

We know how tricky the transition from studying to practising architecture can be. We want our Prep for Practice page to empower and inspire you to stay positive, be proactive, and take control of your future. Please use this list of resources to access our practical guidance. Some of the resources are exclusively for RIBA members.

If you’re not yet a RIBA Member, it’s really easy to sign up:

Before you start

Go behind the scenes in practice

Take a look at our Behind the Scenes in Practice event and see a virtual site visit, meet a design team and explore life in the studio.

Prep for CV

Your CV, along with your portfolio will be the first impression that a potential employer will receive of you and your experience.

Prep for your portfolio

Your portfolio will give you the opportunity to illustrate the design skills that you have set out in your CV, and support how you present yourself.

Prep for interviews

Advice includes doing your research – into the work of the practice, as well as what will be suitable to wear.

Prep for a job

Our resources will help you to stay healthy, happy, and well-informed as you take the next steps.


RIBA Jobs is one of the most popular job boards for architecture and design-related roles. Remember to bookmark RIBA Jobs to view our listings of Part 1, Part 2, and Apprenticeship roles.

What you need to know about PEDR

Qualifying as an architect in the UK involves completing Part 1, 2, and 3 qualifications and undertaking a minimum of 24 months’ professional practical experience.

Using the RIBA PEDR (professional experience development record) tool, you can easily log your practical experience.

Further resources

What you need to know about RIBA Academy

RIBA Members have exclusive access to RIBA Academy, the new digital learning portal.

RIBA Academy’s Daniel Crellin explains how to access RIBA Academy

RIBA Academy useful resources for graduating students include:

RIBA Radio

The RIBA’s pop-up radio station focused on promoting diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.

Watch Day 5 on YouTube

  • Inclusive recruitment panel with Susy Ridout, Pooja Agrawal and Dr Binna Kandola OBE
  • Architectural education with Dr Jenny Russell, Future Architects Front and Paul Crosby
  • Architecture outside of London with Grace Choi, Sue Emms and Elena Marco

Listen to the individual podcast episodes related to these topics

The RIBA · RIBA - Prep for practice


Listen to our RIBA Future Architects in Conversation podcast on job hunting


This programme is developed through RIBA Future Architects - our community for future and emerging architects, designed to support, inspire and provide a voice as you transition from study to practice. View our resources.

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