How to become a licensed architect in the United Kingdom (UK)
To become a licensed architect in the United Kingdom (UK), one must follow a specific process that involves education, training, and professional experience. The first step is to obtain a degree in architecture from a recognized institution. This degree must be accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The most common degree is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) or a Master of Architecture (MArch).
After obtaining a degree, the next step is to complete a period of practical training. This is known as the Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) and is required by the ARB. The PEDR is a logbook that records the practical experience gained by the candidate over a period of at least two years. During this time, the candidate must work under the supervision of a registered architect and gain experience in various areas of architecture, such as design, construction, and project management.
Once the PEDR is completed, the candidate must pass the ARB's Professional Practice Examination (PPE). This exam tests the candidate's knowledge of professional practice, including legal and ethical issues, building regulations, and construction contracts. Passing the PPE is a requirement for registration with the ARB.
Finally, the candidate must apply for registration with the ARB. This involves submitting the PEDR, proof of qualification, and passing the PPE. Once registered, the architect can legally use the title "architect" and practice architecture in the UK.