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Validation Procedures and Criteria
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Validation procedures and criteria

Peer review process that monitors compliance with internationally recognised minimum standards in architectural education and encourages excellence and diversity in student achievement.

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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.

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.

If you wish to discuss the process with us, please contact validation@riba.org

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