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:
- for graduating Part 1, register as a RIBA Student Member
- for Part 2, join us as a RIBA Associate Member
Before you start
- RIBA Study Architecture Well includes a summary of the different routes to qualifying as an architect
- A guide to architectural practices
- Meet the architects
- RIBA Code of Practice resources for an ethical Chartered Practice
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.
- Preparing your first architectural portfolio
- How to impress a potential employer with your first architecture portfolio – RIBA Jobs
- Seven design tips from architects for compiling your Part 1 portfolio – RIBA Jobs
Prep for interviews
Advice includes doing your research – into the work of the practice, as well as what will be suitable to wear.
- How to nail that interview – RIBA Jobs
- Creating rapport in an interview – RIBA Jobs
- Interviews and feedback – RIBA Jobs
Prep for a job
Our resources will help you to stay healthy, happy, and well-informed as you take the next steps.
- RIBA Practise Architecture Well
- Salary insights 2022 – architects and architecture – RIBA Jobs
- Four tips for negotiating a salary increase
- Career resilience in architecture - a series of articles about how to develop your career
- Future Architects in practice meetup, October 2020 - video with lots of content on how to flourish in practice
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.
- Scholarships, bursaries and grants (architecture.com)
- Career resilience, a series of articles essential advice
- RIBA Future Architects Discuss: the barriers in architecture video
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:
The RIBA’s pop-up radio station focused on promoting diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession.
- 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
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.