26th November 2003




The University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture last week achieved unconditional validation by the Royal Institute of British Architects.


The validation means that the university’s Architecture graduates are exempt from parts 1, 2 and 3 of the RIBA’s Examination in Architecture.


Every four years visiting boards, composed of experienced practising architects and academics, visit schools of architecture to assess the standard of courses applying for exemption.


Failure to gain full validation can be a threat to the future of a school of architecture, as students wishing to become architects are attracted to validated schools.


Extensive preparation went into the visit last week, which was planned to coincide with the East Midlands RIBA annual awards for building design, including an exhibition representing a broad range of students’ work which was set up by students and staff at the school.


Everyone can now view the exhibition of student work over the next two weeks (until Friday 5th December) in room AR2101 of the New School of Architecture Building on the Brayford Pool campus.


“The School is particularly appreciative of the goodwill and tangible support provided by the academic colleagues and support staff across the University in preparation for, and during, the visit” said Derek Cottrell, Head of the Lincoln School of Architecture.


The RIBA validates courses at 36 schools of architecture in the UK and at 58 schools overseas.  Through the validation process they ensure that examinations at schools of architecture meet the requirements for registration with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and membership of the RIBA.


In the UK the validation of architecture courses is currently operated as a joint venture between the RIBA and ARB. As a result of last week’s validation University of Lincoln graduates continue to be eligible for membership of the RIBA upon successful completion of the Examination in Architecture.


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University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk


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