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. The boards are composed of practising architects, academics and architecture students.
The validation criteria are jointly held by the RIBA and Architects Registration Board (ARB) and can be viewed in the document below.
Validating new programmes of architecture
The procedures for seeking validation for an existing or projected programme of architecture are described in full in the Validation Procedures document.
Validating degree apprenticeship programmes
Degree apprenticeship programmes offered by current providers (universities, colleges and other institutions) of RIBA-validated programmes will be regarded by the RIBA as new pathways within an existing validated programme. These providers will submit documentation to the RIBA New Courses Group for consideration. If the NCG is satisfied, the degree apprenticeship pathway will be validated for Part 1 or Part 2 and 3 (as appropriate) with immediate effect. The RIBA Visiting Board will consider the degree apprenticeship pathways for continued validation alongside all other validated programmes at the providers’ next 5-yearly visit.
Degree apprenticeships offered by other providers will be subject to the full new courses procedures
Validation and consultancy charges
Charges for validation were increased in June 2017. All new enquiries and applications will be charged the following:
Consideration of a new course through an RIBA Exploratory Board: £12,500* (UK and international).
This will be invoiced immediately after a decision to convene an Exploratory Board has been made by the RIBA New Courses Group (NCG), and must be paid before the visit takes place. Exemptions may apply - for further information please contact the validation team using the details below.
- Full cost recovery of board members' expenses (international)
- Educational consultancy (per person): £500 per person, per day (UK and international)* †
- Full cost recovery of consultants’ expenses (UK and international)*
In all cases, schools will be required to make the necessary travel and accommodation arrangements for the visiting board in advance of the visit.
*VAT will be applied where appropriate at the prevailing rate.
† This charge is currently being revised and is due to be increased.
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